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Things to do in Montevideo

Montevideo – a Dream of the Millions

Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. It is a busy port and a natural center for most of the country’s industry and commerce.

 

Things to do in Montevideo

While on a holiday in Montevideo, exploring the beaches, visiting the zoo, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife should certainly be in the cards.

 

Ciudad Vieja

Tourism in Montevideo is centered in the Ciudad Vieja area, which includes the city’s oldest buildings, several museums, art galleries, and nightclubs, with Sarandí Street and the Mercado del Puerto being the most frequented venues of the old city.

 

Montevideo Shopping around Plaza Independencia

On the edge of Ciudad Vieja, Plaza Independencia is surrounded by many sights, including the Solís Theatre and the Palacio Salvo; the plaza also constitutes one end of 18 de Julio Avenue, the city’s most important tourist destination outside of Ciudad Vieja. Apart from being a shopping street, the avenue is noted for its Art Deco buildings, three important public squares, the Gaucho Museum, the Palacio Municipal and many other sights.

 

Parque Prado

The largest of Montevideo’s six main public parks is the 1.06-square-kilometre (260-acre) Parque Prado in the north of the city. The most frequented areas of the park are the Rosedal, a public rose garden with pergolas, the Botanical Garden, the area around the Hotel del Prado, as well as the Rural del Prado, a seasonal cattle and farm animal fairground.

 

Festivals & Carnivals

As the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is home to a number of festivals and carnivals, and all year round there are variety of events and fun things to do in Montevideo.
The major annual festival is the annual Montevideo Carnaval which is part of the national festival of Carnival Week, celebrated throughout Uruguay.

 

When to go to Montevideo

Montevideo enjoys a mild humid subtropical climate. It has an annual average temperature of 16 °C (61 °F). This place is fun to visit all through the year.

 

Things to do in Montevideo

Montevideo Facts

Population1 633 000
CountryUruguay
LanguageSpanish
CurrencyUruguayan Peso
Longitude-56.181944
Latitude-34.883611
AirportCarrasco Intl, Uruguay (MVD)

Montevideo average temperatures

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Montevideo - “To Honor Diversity is to Honor Life”

Although Uruguay is the smallest of the South American nations, it is also the most progressive. This small country decriminalized homosexuality as far back as 1934 and in 2013 they became the first country in Latin American to legalize same-sex marriages. The relaxed attitude towards homosexuality is especially notable in the capital city of Montevideo and if you are passing through, visiting the world’s first homomonument is a must! Tucked in a little square called Plaza de la Diversidad Sexual, you’ll find the monument in the shape of a triangle and inscribed with the words: “To Honor Diversity is to Honor Life”

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Golf in Montevideo

There are two great courses in Montevideo, Club de Golf del Uruguay and Club de Golf del Cerro. The first one mentioned is the most popular. It was created in 1930 and is located very close to the city center on the coastline. It is a challenging course with tight fairways. Hole number 16 is regarded as one of the 500 best in the world by Golf Magazine. If you are looking for more golf, Club de Golf del Cerro is also a great 18 hole course. It is the oldest being constructed in 1910 and features great views of the bay and the Cerro fortress both integrated into the challenge of the course as well as providing great scenery.

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