The vibrant capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo is a destination in South America that is criminally underrated. While it might not be as famous as other cities in the region like Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile, Montevideo offers up a bevy of attractions for tourists who are curious enough to give it a shot. Here are three places that you must see on your first trip to this marvelous place.
Mercado del Puerto
Asado, seafood, cold beer, and red wine. These are just some of the local gastronomic delights that you will find at the Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo’s Old Town. Located just steps from the sea, this market has been open for nearly 150 years and still fascinates locals and visitors daily.
Once the tallest building in Latin America and certainly the most unique in Montevideo, the Palacio Salvo is a gem of eclectic architecture in the heart of the city. Built in 1928, you can take tours of this strikingly beautiful building that is over 300 feet tall and enjoy great city views from the top.
Montevideo is so much more than just its beaches, but you would be remiss not to check out Carrasco Beach on your next visit there. You’ll find this gorgeous sandy stretch in the laid-back southeastern part of the city, not frequented by tourists. It’s a great place to relax and soak up the sun.