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Montevideo
Travel Guide

Salvo Palace showing a city, street scenes and a sunset

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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Where to stay in Montevideo

Gema Luxury Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Roque Graseras 644, Montevideo
The price is $42 per night from May 20 to May 20
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! (245 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Gema Luxury Suites
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
4.5 out of 5
Rambla República del Perú 1479, Montevideo
The price is $105 per night from May 19 to May 19
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! (522 reviews)
excellent stay
"We had such an excellent stay! The hotel is beautiful, immaculate, modern and in an excellent location. We got the river front room which was very spacious, included a sofa and sitting area. The view was gorgeous. The service was also excellent, very helpful concierge. We will definitively be ..."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
4 out of 5
Ruta 8 - Km. 17 - Jacksonville, Montevideo
The price is $80 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Maroñas National Racetrack, Maronas Entertainment, and Costa Urbana Shopping Center. Varela Zarranz ...
4.3/5Excellent! (112 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 Feb 16, 2020

Regency Park Hotel + 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
The price is $42 per night from May 20 to May 20
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! (245 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Gema Luxury Suites
1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Bv. España 2769 (CP 11300), Bº Pocitos, Montevideo
The price is $52 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Pocitos, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and Castillo Pittamiglio. World Trade Center and Monumento La Carreta are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (232 reviews)
"Enjoyed the location. Easy walk to everything we would like. Shops, beach, restaurants etc. Bikes were an option we used every day. Quiet and clean. Also noice top floor with work out equ and a sauna we used often. Never did figure out how to heat up hot tub. English not spoken widely so it required ..."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
Marti Apart Hotel
Marti Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Jose Marti 3325, Montevideo
Located in Pocitos, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rambla of Montevideo and Pocitos Beach. Ombu Tree and Castillo Pittamiglio are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (57 reviews)
Not recommended
"In few words, Marti Apart Hotel was my worst experience. Avoid staying there."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 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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