Outings

Sarandí Pedestrianized Street

Sarandí Pedestrianized Street

It is the main street in Cuidad Vieja (Old City) and following this street from its beginning you see some of the main attractions of the area. It ends in front of Puerta de la Cuidadela (the City Gate), and before arriving there the visitor could go through Plaza Matriz (Matriz square), where you will find the Cabildo (City Hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Along the street you can also find a wide variety of stores and restaurants. Ideal to visit from Monday to Saturday.

La Rambla (The promenade)

La Rambla (The promenade)

Bordering the capital’s coast is the Rambla (the promenade), a street where tourists and locals go to exercise, as well as those who prefer to sit on the benches to contemplate the calm water or the passersby. Whether it is hot or cold this is a typical place for adults, youth and children to meet up throughout the whole year. Although there is a day of the week when it is especially attractive to meet up there, Sunday, when its visitors choose to even bring chairs to set up their get together. The ideal way to travel is on bicycle and along its route there is no lack of restaurants where you can stop, take a break and enjoy the view. Some of the best parts of the Rambla are: the Sarandí breakwater (especially for the fish in the port area), the Ramírez beach and the fishing clubs (Parque Rodó), the Pocitos and Malvín beaches, Bueceo harbour and the Virgilio and Carrasco squares.

Tristán Narvaja Street Market

Tristán Narvaja Street Market

Tristán Narvaja street market began in 1909 and takes place every Sunday from 9am to 2pm. It is one of the most traditional outings in Montevideo and attracts both tourists and antique and curiosity collectors. You can find anything there; from old typewriters to used books, ornaments and furniture. The antiquarians and book stores that rose up around it add to the variety of things on sale there.

Ciudad Vieja and Mercado del Puerto

Ciudad Vieja and Mercado del Puerto

This is the main tourist circuit in the city, as in a few blocks there is a concentration of diverse attractions. For starters, there are various museums, theaters and cultural centers. It is also a shopping area which caters for all tastes, you can find both artisanal and designer products. The Mercado del Puerto is a good overview of the country’s culinary customs.

Rosedal del Prado (Prado’s Rose Garden)

Rosedal del Prado (Prado’s Rose Garden)

The Rose Garden, better known as “el Rosedal”, was created on December 17, 1912 and named the Rosarium. This park, which is located in the traditional neighborhood of Prado between the streets Lucas Obes, Joaquín Suárez, Luis Alberto de Herrera, Camino Castro and José María Reyes, was the idea of French landscaper Charles Racine and was built by the architect Eugenio Baroffio. It has a gazebo and four 60 meters long pergolas.

Outing in Carrasco

Outing in Carrasco

It is the most prestigious residential neighborhood in Montevideo and arose as a private initiative, as did the emblematic architectural work which dominates it, the Hotel Casino Carrasco. Nowadays, it is Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa. Around this landmark building is an attractive commercial area. La Passiva restaurant and the ice-cream parlor, Las Delicias de Arocena, are the preferred meeting places.

18 de julio

18 de julio

This is the main avenue of the capital and an outdoors shopping area. Also along its length (stretching from Plaza Independencia until the Obelisk, in Batlle park) you can see some of the most representative buildings in the city, such as Palacio Salvo, Palacio Santos, the National Library and the República University. You can also find emblematic squares like the Fabini and Cagancha squares.

Puerto del Buceo (Buceo harbour)

Puerto del Buceo (Buceo harbour)

The Uruguayan Yacht Club building is symbolic of this walk along the coast. A short jetty gives a beautiful view of the marina. Very close to this there is a fishing area, highly frequented especially at the weekends and next to it a skate park that attracts a younger crowd.

Parque Rodó (Rodó Park)

Parque Rodó (Rodó Park)

This is the most traditional amusement park outing in the city. On the Rambla (promenade) and Sarmiento – in front of Ramírez beach – it has a large area of games for youth, which includes a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and the most characteristic of all, the ride called Gusano Loco, which is almost a personage of the city. The younger kids have a space for them about 300 meters from here, at the intersection of 21 de Setiembre and Bulevar Artigas. There you can find merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and games more appropriate for young children.