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MontevideoUruguay

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 Montevideo Cabildo.

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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Top hotels in Montevideo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
759 Plaza Independencia, Montevideo
The price is €88 per night

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Independence Square, Salvo Palace and Estévez Palace. Solis Theater and Contemporary Art Museum are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (474 reviews)
Very good

"Very good experience considering it took place during the covid 19 crisis. Very health-conscious"…"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2020

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
4 out of 5
Ruta 8 - Km. 17 - Jacksonville, Montevideo
The price is €64 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Maroñas National Racetrack, Maronas Entertainment and Costa Urbana Shopping Center. Varela ...

4.3/5Excellent! (110 reviews)

"I liked that the property was completely enclosed and secure. It was located to major roads outside airport. It was convenient to both travel into the city and other cities."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Regency Park Hotel + Spa
Hotel Uruguay
Hotel Uruguay
2.5 out of 5
Uruguay 967, Montevideo
The price is €36 per night

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Fabini, Auditorio Nacional del Sodre and Gaucho Museum. Contemporary Art Museum and Sala Zitarrosa ...

3.3/5 (40 reviews)
Location

"We came from Colonia by coach and it was a short taxi ride from the bus station. Good location just around the corner from Plaza Independiente. Helpful staff and spacious room."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Hotel Uruguay

Popular places to visit in Montevideo

Solis Theater
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Solis Theater

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Famed for its architecture and acoustics, this theater is a fantastic place to watch ballet, comedy, theater and opera performances.

Montevideo Cathedral
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Montevideo Cathedral

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Admire the neoclassical architecture and elegant interior of this historic cathedral and then spot the tombs of famous Uruguayan dignitaries.

Centenario Stadium
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Centenario Stadium

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Visit the location of the first soccer World Cup, spot historic soccer memorabilia and artefacts or attend concerts by well-known international artists. 

Top things to do in Montevideo

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€29
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Dinner Show El Milongon
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Dinner Show El Milongon

€48
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Half Day Montevideo City Tour - Uruguay
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Half Day Montevideo City Tour - Uruguay

€41
Per adult
Full Day Punta del Este City Tour - From Montevideo, Uruguay
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Full Day Punta del Este City Tour - From Montevideo, Uruguay

€72
Per adult
Full-Day Colonia del Sacramento Tour from Montevideo
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Full-Day Colonia del Sacramento Tour from Montevideo

€103
Per adult
Transfer in private vehicle from Punta del Este to Montevideo Carrasco Airport
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Transfer in private vehicle from Punta del Este to Montevideo Carrasco Airport

€262
Per adult

Reviews of Montevideo

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Sue

29 Jan 2020

Had a bad experience at Le Cerro where we had a camera stolen. Not recommended to hang around by the Montevideo sign there or outside the fort.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2019

Fabulous.