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Montevideo Uruguay

Uruguay’s tranquil capital of Montevideo has a laid-back vibe that makes it a great starting point for exploring South America’s southeastern coast. Its charming Ciudad Vieja (Old City), pristine beaches and top-notch steakhouses make it worthy of being on any bucket list.

Montevideo is fairly compact for a capital city, which makes exploring the main sites a breeze. Many of the city’s most famous landmarks are found in the main square of Plaza Independencia, such as Palacio Salvo and the Teatro Solís. In the centre of the plaza is the Artigas Mausoleum, a monument dedicated to the national hero of independence, José Artigas.

Montevideo's Rambla is the longest continuous promenade in the world, stretching along the entire coastline. Here you’ll find opportunities to enjoy a stroll, cycle, or take in views of the Atlantic Ocean with a traditional mate (pronounced mah-teh) – a caffeine-rich drink made from the crushed leaves and twigs of an indigenous plant.

Like neighbouring Argentina, Uruguay is famous for its parrillas (steakhouses) which serve up grilled-to-perfection medium-rare steaks. Other popular dishes in Montevideo include milanesa (shallow-fried breaded beef) and chivito (a sandwich usually filled with beef, hard-boiled eggs, and vegetables.

Montevideo’s inner-city beaches are filled with fine, powdery sand and calm waters ideal for youngsters to paddle in. Playa Ramirez and Playa de los Pocitos are closest to the city centre, but for the best kite-surfing action, head to Playa Malvín.


 

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