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Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is a home, to half of its population. It is a vibrant and eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Not like other cosmopolitan cities it is laid-back and has been consistently rated as the city having the highest quality of life in any of the Latin American cities. The city is a quite interesting place to visit from industrial port to the exclusive beachside, from shopping avenues, from music theatre to art galleries, from Latin American architecture to historic areas, Montevideo is truly a magnificent city to visit to enjoy fun-packed holidays. So pack your bags and fly to Montevideo to enjoy a great holiday trip.
Enjoy your sightseeing trip to Montevideo with a walk along the Rambla, which is 10 miles long and separates the city from the sea. This walk is the perfect way to take a break from everyday work and to enjoy the beauty of the city during sunrise and sunset. You surely love to visit Ciudad Vieja which is a name given to the heart of Old Montevideo which is marked by Plaza Independencia, a wild palm-lined square. The Plaza features the statue of national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas a revolutionary leader regarded as the father of Uruguayan independence along with other landmarks the ornate cathedral and Cabildo de Montevideo. Located at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia is the Palacio Salvo. Opened in 1927, it was the most impressive and continent’s tallest building from where visitors can catch the glimpses of the city. If you love beaches then Pocitos beach is just perfect for you. Located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata is thronged in summers with sunbathers, swimmers and beach lovers. Do visit the city’s main Roman Catholic Church and the seat of archdiocese the Metropolitan Cathedral dated back to Spanish colonial era of 17th century when it was built.
There are several airlines offering flights connecting from London to Montevideo. The prominent among them are KLM, Iberia, Air Europa, LATAM, SWISS, Delta, Lufthansa, American Airlines, United Airlines, British Airways etc are few among them. From London to Montevideo Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly whereas Friday is the most expensive one. Most popular city when flying from London to Montevideo is Sao Paulo.
Montevideo has a humid subtropical climate, with cool winters, warm summers and volatile spring. The best time to travel to Uruguay mainly to its coastal areas is during summers between the months of November and February. If you visit the city during this time you will surely enjoy the maximum. Another excellent season to visit Montevideo is autumn months from late April to early July. It is a perfect time to explore the coastal regions. It is comparatively less hectic yet beautiful time to explore the major highlights of the city.
If you don’t afraid of winters then the winter season is from July to late September when the whole atmosphere is stunning and you can indulge in various outdoor activities like boating, horse riding, hiking etc.
Compared to other cities in South America, Montevideo is comparatively small and it totally depends on the purpose of your holidays to decide where to stay. There are actually 62 neighbourhoods in the district of Montevideo and each of them has its own character and charm. If you love architecture and history then the best place to stay at Ciudad Vieja or the Old Town which was once the entry point to the city and is the home to the most beautiful buildings. For budget travellers and craft beer fans the best place to find the accommodation is at Cordon and Centro. For cultural seekers and younger travellers the best place is Parque Rodo and Palermo which is full of charm and character with plenty of pubs and shopping avenues. If you are a shopaholic and a beach person then you must select your accommodation at Punta Carretas which is the southernmost neighbourhood area of the city.
The people of Uruguay are the biggest consumers of meat. They have achieved the art of meat cooking, grilling and sizzling. One of the traditional ways to prepare the traditional meat id with Parilla, a huge grill which is placed directly on fire and La Pulperia is arguably the best Parilla in the city. If you love cakes and cafes then don’t miss a visit to Dona Ines Dulces Tentaciones a tiny pastry shop and café in the Pocitos neighbourhood which serves the wide variety of traditional homemade cakes. You surely love to visit La Silenciosa which immediately catches your attention due to its beautiful centuries-old walls and chequered floors and equally delicious food. Onother venues to taste delicious delicacies are El Tinkal, Bistro Sucre Sale, La Cocina de Pedro etc.