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Uruguay: Montevideo

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Born of the competing interests of colonial powers, Montevideo, in a fine natural harbour on the River Plate, grew to be a prosperous port devoted to overseas trade. It attracted immigrants from all of Europe, resulting in an eclectic cultural mix which survives to this day. The city cannot compete with Buenos Aires for colonial splendour of its architecture, nor for its edgy contemporary scene. However the city, with some monumental public buildings, historic core and lively port area, is an attractive place to spend a few days. Its unpretentious citizens may not wear the latest fashions but they are friendly and well educated, many speak good English and have their feet on the ground.

Our holidays to Montevideo

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Colonial

Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

Private journey

13 days from £2,739pp

Vintage car Colonia

Signature Uruguay: Land of vintage charm

Private journey

14 days from £4,397pp

Things to do in Montevideo

Bouza winery

Take a tour by classic car in Uruguay

montevideo carnival

Celebrate Carnival in Montevideo


Explore Old Montevideo

Our insider tips for Montevideo

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Climbing the Cerro de Montevideo beyond the harbour in the west for expansive panoramic views over the city and River Plate.

Stuart

Stuart Whittington

Exploring the Ciudad Vieja, a pocket of colonial lanes on the peninsula close to the port, once surrounded by defensive walls but now benefiting from urban redevelopment.
David

David Nichols

People watching from one of the cafés on one of the city’s tree-shaded boulevards.

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