Montevideo

Travel Guide
Salvo Palace showing a city, a sunset and street scenes
The capital and largest city of Uruguay combines history and architecture with theaters and live music, beaches and waterfront walks.

Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, blends a distinct European flavor with a welcoming small-town feel. Enjoy the many aspects of this coastal city: 18th- and 19th-century edifices in its historic center, a vibrant arts scene and upmarket beachside suburbs.

Start your visit in the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the historical area that sits on a western peninsula of the city. Here you’ll find major attractions, such as the Mercado del Puerto, a market area with parrillas (steakhouses), craft shops and street performers. Spot European art and furniture at the Museum of Decorative Arts, set inside the French-style Palacio Taranco.

Stroll along pedestrianized Sarandi street and browse galleries, antique stores and stands selling artisanal items. Stop at Plaza Constitución to admire the 18th-century Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral and the 19th-century neoclassical old city hall, the MontevideoCabildo.

Take time to explore Plaza Independencia, which connects the Ciudad Vieja with central Montevideo. Look for the Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the Citadel), the last-surviving landmark of fortified Montevideo. See work by Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia at the Museo Torres Garcia. Watch an opera or take a backstage tour at Teatro Solís.

Make your way over to Parque Batlle and experience the passion of a South American soccer match at the Centenary Stadium. Soccer fans will appreciate the displays of memorabilia at the Museum of Football.

Be sure to walk along picturesque La Rambla, a riverside promenade that stretches from the city port through exclusive beach suburbs such as Pocitos and Carrasco. The promenade is lined with public parks, beaches, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the open-air Teatro de Verano, a main venue during the city’s carnival celebrations. Come here to watch traditional murga and candombé song and dance performances.

Reach Montevideo by plane, bus or ferry. Once in the city, use the efficient and low-cost public buses to get around. Consider using long-haul bus services or renting a car to see more of this small country known for its wine-growing regions, beautiful beaches and friendly locals.

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Where to stay in Montevideo

ibis styles Montevideo Biarritz Hotel
ibis styles Montevideo Biarritz Hotel
3 out of 5
21 De Setiembre 2783, Montevideo, 11300
The price is €54 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
€54
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (181 reviews)
"staff very kind"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

ibis styles Montevideo Biarritz Hotel
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
4.5 out of 5
Rambla República del Perú 1479, Montevideo, 11300
The price is €142 per night from 23 Dec to 24 Dec
€142
per night
23 Dec - 24 Dec
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (607 reviews)
"Large room Great bathroom Spacious bed Fabulous breakfast the best ever! Lovely bar and service"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2022

Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
5 out of 5
Rambla Republica de Mexico sn, Montevideo, 11500
The price is €236 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec
€236
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (364 reviews)
"Ok.small room. Weird set up"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2022

Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gema Luxury Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Roque Graseras 644, Montevideo, 11300
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (253 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Gema Luxury Suites
Modern, cosy and practical place
Modern, cosy and practical place
Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo
Stay at this apartment in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a garden. Popular attractions Buceo Beach and Oceanographic Museum are located nearby. ...
Modern, cosy and practical place
Marti Apart Hotel
Marti Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Jose Marti 3325, Montevideo, 11800
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, private hot tubs and breakfast. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (57 reviews)
Not recommended
"In few words, Marti Apart Hotel was my worst experience. Avoid staying there."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2018

Marti Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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