Colonia del Sacramento, or simply Colonia, is a lively colonial town, with narrow cobble stoned streets flanked by whitewashed buildings. A trip to this charming town will seem like a trip back in time. Being only a small body of water away from Buenos Aires, Colonia could be a convenient side-trip on your vacation.
Without a doubt, Colonia is well worth a day or two. You can either explore the town on your own or make use of a guided tour. There are
several hotels and hostels if you are in need of accommodation.
Colonia was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese and has served as a port for contraband for a number of years. Now Colonia a quiet resort town that is cultural jewel and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
Colonia is a favorite getaway for many Argentineans because of one its greatest features, many miles of beach coastline. During summer weekend the beaches will be full of people from Buenos Aires that took the ferry to lie on the sand.
The lighthouse, El Faro, was constructed in 1857 from the stones of the ruins of convent.
The museum on Plaza Mayor is a look at Portuguese architecture, furnishings and military uniforms, standards and other items from the period.