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Solís (Maldonado)

Solís (Maldonado)

Traveling to this town is a good way to visit the classical Uruguayan resorts. This is traditionally a family destination which is clear from its architecture, which is mainly residential, without large buildings. Its unique feature is that it combines the beach on the Río de la Plata with the banks of the Solís Grande stream. It is this dual condition that makes it perfect for sport fishing and nautical sports, especially on the stream.

Piriápolis (Maldonado)

Piriápolis (Maldonado)

Even today Piriápolis is still marked by the strong imprint left by its founder, Francisco Piria, in this authentic seaside resort town. The Argentino Hotel, Piria castle, and others in a long list of constructions- amongst them the Pittamiglo castle- reflect the past splendor of a city which was created based on the patterns of European resorts. Therefore, it is a destination which is not limited to enjoying the beach, as it has historical tours and trips in the hills that surround the city, which transforms it into a perfect place for restless tourists.

Punta Colorada (Maldonado)

Punta Colorada (Maldonado)

This resort is a pleasure to behold and has an inexhaustible source of beautiful views. This is largely due to the height of the resort in the middle of it – on the Central Street- as well as the perfect combination of rock and sea (technically it is still the Río de la Plata –the River Plate- that bathes its shores). The sand on its beaches is thick, the public is mainly families, and in the summer it is a well-visited spot, as many who go to Piriápolis and its surroundings choose to visit this coast.

Punta Ballena (Maldonado)

Punta Ballena (Maldonado)

Many think that from the west slope of this peninsula you can see the best sunset on the Uruguayan coast. The truth is that few disagree. Among the terraced buildings lined on its slope by it’s the mythical Casapueblo that reigns, an architectural and artistic work built by the painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró. It is the most visited site in this place, and in it- his house-workshop- the ceremony of the sunset is still celebrated every afternoon. At the foot of Punta Ballena you can enjoy the small beaches, and it is always tempting to go among the rocks. On the eastern slope you can find Las Grutas, where there are still remains of pools that had been excavated in the stone.

Punta del Este (Maldonado)

Punta del Este (Maldonado)

This geographical point is where the Río de la Plata finishes and the Atlantic Ocean begins. The truth is that Punta del Este has the possibility of being everything at the same time. It can be a family destination whose main scene is the extensive beaches (there really are many and they cater to all tastes). It can also be an entertainment destination, with nights of music that continue well into the morning and where both locally and internationally famous people gather. In addition to upscale hotels and casinos, the city has a wide selection of restaurants, many of which are amongst the best in Uruguay.

José Ignacio (Maldonado)

José Ignacio (Maldonado)

As Punta del Este has grown there are those who seek tranquility further east. That’s how this humble fishing town with low-rise houses was transformed into the most exclusive corner of the Uruguayan coast. Here you can find first class restaurants, designer stores and Hollywood stars. However, the most important point is that José Ignacio has not lost its essence. The architecture overflows with good taste and ingenuity, but it has not violated the landscape nor the calm of the place.

La Paloma (Rocha)

La Paloma (Rocha)

This is the largest resort on the coast in Rocha. However, in recent years its profile has changed. Because although a decade ago it was the epicenter of the younger crowd with time this public has gone further east, giving La Paloma a more family profile. However, it continues to have the great attractions of a large tourist center and doesn’t lack restaurants to enjoy the long days on the beach. The Balconada is the most traditional place and an inescapable meeting point in the afternoon.

La Pedrera (Rocha)

La Pedrera (Rocha)

When the younger public discovered this resort, it was thought that the bohemian spirit of this small town would disappear. Without doubt, La Pedrera is not Rocha’s best kept secret, but it has become a multitudinous destination in which life takes place between long days at the beach and strolls along the picturesque main street, where restaurants mix with small improvised bars. While La Pedrera is a bustling destination all summer, the big party here is the carnival (celebrated in February), which is unique in that the protagonists are the people who parade and dance along the town’s main street. It is one of the most popular carnival parties in the country and attracts tourists from the whole region.

Cabo Polonio (Rocha)

Cabo Polonio (Rocha)

Perhaps the fact that you have to travel over an ocean of dunes to reach the town contributes to the mythical air that Cabo Polonio has. But if arriving is an adventure, the surprise is greater when you reach the town, a place truly unplugged from the world. There is no electricity, nor cars and the general mood is very slow. This added to the white sands, the rocks, the old lighthouse and a colony of sea lions that are found on the coast, make this place a magical destination and those who go there usually return. Over the years the tourist infrastructure has improved, because of this in high season (from December to the end of February) restaurants and small inns to stay in, open. For the one who would like to discover it there are day trips. However, the way to enjoy Cabo Polonia to the full is to rent one of the ranches and live the experience of being disconnected.

Punta del Diablo (Rocha)

Punta del Diablo (Rocha)

This is another fishing town that time has transformed into a resort especially suitable for the younger crowd. From December this public take over this quiet resort, which they enjoy at all hours: during the day, surfing on the beach or fishing; in the night submerging themselves in long music sessions. The fishing community continue being the heart of Punta del Diablo and the proof is that on the beach where the boats are moored is the perfect place to buy the day’s catch. Towards the west is the La Viuda beach, the most residential area, where those who are looking for peace and quiet can stay. What is true is that Punta del Diablo is a recommendable destination for those who enjoy days in the sun, as well as those who live for the night.