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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 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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Punta Trouville Hotel
Punta Trouville Hotel
3 out of 5
Francisco Vidal 726, Montevideo
The price is €32 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Located in Pocitos, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and Castillo Pittamiglio. World Trade Center and Monumento La Carreta are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (254 reviews)
Short stay in Montevideo
"Hotel was well located and the staff was amazing. Breakfast had plenty of options. The property is a little worn out and the rooms clearly need some updating."

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Punta Trouville Hotel
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
4.5 out of 5
Rambla República del Perú 1479, Montevideo
The price is €98 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Pocitos, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and World Trade Center. Montevideo Shopping Mall and Monumento La Carreta are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (524 reviews)
"Gostaria muito que o bar estivesse aberto porque é muito charmoso... mas mesmo assim o pessoal do restaurante nos serviu drinks no local e estavam deliciosos... porém quando tem o barman fazendo os drinks, com música, é outro coisa! No resto estava tudo perfeito!"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Gema Luxury Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Roque Graseras 644, Montevideo
The price is €39 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Punta Carretas, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rambla of Montevideo and Pocitos Beach. Feria De Villa Biarritz and Castillo Pittamiglio ...
4.1/5Very Good! (247 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Gema Luxury Suites
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Amplio, Luminoso y Excelente Estado en el Centro
Amplio, Luminoso y Excelente Estado en el Centro
1120 Av. Uruguay, Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo
Located in Montevideo Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Fabini, Artisan Market and Teatro Circular de Montevideo. Cagancha Square ...
Amplio, Luminoso y Excelente Estado en el Centro
Rentline Apartamentos - Sunline
Rentline Apartamentos - Sunline
3.5 out of 5
1293 Salto, Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo
Located in Cordón, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Palacio Municipal and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Pocitos Beach. Montevideo Museum of Art History and Teatro El ...
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En el Corazón de la Ciudad! Plaza Independencia/garage
En el Corazón de la Ciudad! Plaza Independencia/garage
Juncal, 1355, Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo
Located in Ciudad Vieja, this apartment building is steps away from Peatonal Sarandí, Museo Torres Garcia and Puerta de la Ciudadela. Independence Square and ...
En el Corazón de la Ciudad! Plaza Independencia/garage
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