Crossing by ferry from Buenos Aires makes this town a great place to start your Uruguay adventure.
Founded by Portuguese settlers in 1680 and used as a centre for smuggling, this charming town is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s the true jewel of colonial époque, preserving the enchantment of the old times through its Spanish and Portuguese architecture and attitudes of the local people who live here.
Just wandering through the narrow cobbled streets with their bright coloured houses with lamps on the front doors and charming inns is enough to make you fall in love with the place. When you reach the calm waters of the river that hug the old town, you’ll feel a nostalgic air of romanticism which has captivated film makers and travellers for years.
The town’s has many attractions to visit during your stay. Head to the Matriz Church in Arms Square, the oldest in Uruguay or visit the nine small museums which are dotted around the historic centre, all of which can be done on one entrance ticket.
Climb up the Faro lighthouse for great views over the tiled rooftops to the Rio de la Plata and even Buenos Aires. If you’re feeling lazy grab a coffee at one of the many cafes around the Plaza Mayor and people watch however you spend your time no holiday to Uruguay would be complete without visiting Colonia.
Step back in time
When to go: All year round