TOUR OF MONTEVIDEO
An interesting excursion around the beautiful capital of Uruguay, from the historic part, a striking testimony of a tormented past, to the newest residential areas.
What we will see
- Old city
- Graff Spee battleship
- Palacio legislativo
- El Prado
- Battle y Ordóñez park
- Obelisk of Montevideo
- Estadio Centenario
- Carrasco residential neighbourhood
What we will do
- Our day starts with a tour of the picturesque Old city and sea front, where we discover the wreck and history of the Graff Spee battleship. Its name derives from the Admiral Graf Spee battleship, sent to the waters of the south Atlantic Ocean in the weeks before the start of the war. After sinking many adversary British ships, it became severely damaged and had to seek refuge in Montevideo, where it was later dismantled by order of its captain.
- It is now the turn of the Palacio Legislativo, home to the Uruguayan Parliament. Its imposing marble structure makes it one of the most beautiful parliaments in the world.
- We continue towards the El Prado district, characterised by the largest park in the city, typical historical buildings and some important monuments.
- We then cross the Batlle y Ordóñez park, named after former Uruguayan President José Batlle y Ordóñez. There are many monuments in the park, such as the La Carreta bronze statue, the Obelisk dedicated to those who drafted the first Constitution and the Estadio Centenario, built in 1930 for the first football world cup and declared a monument by FIFA.
- We end our day at the Carrasco residential neighbourhood, the most exclusive in Montevideo with amazing private homes and Hotel Casino Carrasco, a majestic early XXth-century building combining history and tradition.
What you need to know
- Many shops are closed on Christmas day.
- The Palacio Legislativo will only be seen from the exterior.