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Porton de Campo
Vacation Travel Guide

After being built over 270 years ago by a Portuguese governor to protect the city from potential enemies, this gate and drawbridge are still standing.

Portón de Campo is an 18th-century city gate and drawbridge built by the Portuguese settlers of Colonia del Sacramento. It was an integral part of the walls that protected the city from intrusion. Visit this site, now a charming entrance to the historic center of the area. Trees, bushes and grassy hills surround the wooden drawbridge.

Marvel at the stone pillars of the gateway that permit entry to the historic center. See the chains that were used to shut the drawbridge to stop potential enemies from entering. Learn about the history of the landmark through its informative plaques.

A Portuguese governor known as Vasconcellos, who had a great influence on the city, ordered the construction of the site in 1745. Green hills with trees and bushes have replaced the moat that once flowed below the bridge. Follow the remains of the wall and discover cannons and other historical relics.

Capture photos of the antique drawbridge. Imagine the daily lives of the European settlers who lived here as you walk back and forth along the bridge. Passing through the gate is like stepping back in time, with countless historic landmarks scattered around the area.

The drawbridge was recovered at the beginning of the 1970s. Some parts were rebuilt, while the majority of the structure remained intact. Its name means “Camp Gate.” It is also known as the Puerta de la Ciudadela (Fortress Door). The site is free and open to the public at all times. Take advantage of the clean public bathrooms nearby.

Find the Portón de Campo in the historic center in the southwest part of the city of Colonia del Sacramento. It is next to the Portuguese Museum, the lighthouse and the main square, Plaza Mayor. Walk about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) west from the city’s principal bus stop and the ferry port, where travelers arrive from Buenos Aires in Argentina across the Río de la Plata.

Top Hotels Close to Porton de Campo

Spa Hotel La Réserve
Spa Hotel La Réserve
4 out of 5
Juan Manuel Blanes 104, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $64 per night from May 2 to May 3

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Shipwrecks and Treasures, Colonia Port, and Theater Bastion del Carmen. ...

3.4/5Good! (281 reviews)

"Everything was ok except that outside my room were dogs barking all night long making it impossible to sleep quitely. Then it was was some birds on the roof making noise again. If you got to this hotel, stay away of room 8208. In the morning I went to complain to the reception desk and the didn’t ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

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Real Colonia Hotel & Suites
Real Colonia Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Gonzalez Moreno 001, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $56 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in Colonia del Sacramento, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of City Craft Fair, Colonia Port, and Theater Bastion del Carmen. Colonia del Sacramento ...

4.2/5Very Good! (316 reviews)

"Comfortable room with view. Good breakfast choices."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

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Charco Hotel
Charco Hotel
3.5 out of 5
San Pedro 116, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $108 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Located in Barrio Histórico, this hotel is steps from Municipal Museum, Casa Nacarello, and Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse. Portuguese Museum and Plaza Mayor ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (125 reviews)

"Very cute boutique hotel with charming rooms and a great onsite restaurant overlooking the river. Staff was very friendly and attentive and allowed is to extend our check out time easily. Great stay!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Charco Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Porton de Campo

Spa Hotel La Réserve
Spa Hotel La Réserve
4 out of 5
Juan Manuel Blanes 104, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $64 per night from May 2 to May 3
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Real Colonia Hotel & Suites
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3.5 out of 5
Gonzalez Moreno 001, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $56 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Charco Hotel
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $108 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15
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Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento
Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento
4 out of 5
Washington Barbot 283. Colonia Del Sacra, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $90 per night from May 2 to May 3
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Posada Boutique Las Terrazas
Posada Boutique Las Terrazas
3 out of 5
Manuel Lobo 281, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
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Posada El Capullo
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3 out of 5
18 de Julio 219, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
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Don Antonio Posada
Don Antonio Posada
3 out of 5
Ituzaingo 232, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $60 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15
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Posada de la Flor
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2.5 out of 5
Ituzaingo 268, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
The price is $38 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15
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La Manuel Lobo Posada
La Manuel Lobo Posada
3 out of 5
Ituzaingo 160, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia
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