A sprawling port city and the economic centre of the country

Founded in 1726 and containing a curious mix of Italian, Spanish and French architecture located along a stretch of 13 miles of Atlantic coastline this city makes a great jumping off point for a holiday in Uruguay.

Even though it’s a large city, it feels much smaller and everything you’ll need to see is in walking distance. The city has a thriving café culture with many places in the picturesque plazas to sit and watch the world go by. Many of the old buildings have been turned into galleries to explore as you wander through the old town.

Food is a big part of Uruguayan culture and Montevideo has its fair share of restaurants. Head down to the 19th century port market for a typical meal in one of the parillas (steakhouses) and seafood joints. On Saturdays you’ll find street performers and friendly locals. Just outside the city are the vineyards where you can learn about the process of making wine and of course sample some.

The whole of the city including the nine sandy beaches are all connected by the Rambla walkway. Enjoy a walk along the waterfront and promenade.

Home to the first world cup in 1930

When to go: All year round

"Excursions were extremely good with very knowledgeable guides"

K & J Cooper

"All of the guides were brilliant, everyone went out of their way to be helpful"

J & A Prime

"Great snorkelling - like being in a very large aquarium!"

"There was a lovely relaxed feel, can see why people move there"

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