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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 £2,710pp

Things to do in Montevideo

montevideo carnival

Celebrate Carnival in Montevideo

Explore Old Montevideo


Bouza winery

Take a tour by classic car in Uruguay

Our insider tips for Montevideo

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

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

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

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.
Stuart

Stuart Whittington

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

David Nichols

A juicy steak in Montevideo’s equivalent of Covent Garden, the wrought-iron Mercado del Puerto. There is a clutch of simple restaurants where street artists, and musicians entertain, especially on Saturdays.

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