Plaza de Toros, Real de San Carlos.
Walked about 5km along the coast road today to the suburb of Real de San Carlos. We thought there would be much more here, but it is basially residential, with all the commercial activity taking place in Colonia itself. Saw the old Plaza de Toros (bullring) but it is now essentially derelict. We could see it was once a very interesting building, but unfortunately it is now falling down. Stopped in at the nearby Shipwrecks and Treasure Museum and learnt all about shipping and pirates in the Rio de la Plata, even walked through a mock-up of a pirates´galleon. The museum is quite expensive, at U$100 each, but something to do. Had a good section on the sinking of the Admiral Graf Spee, plus lots of information about the shipwrecks being explored in the river. Caught the bus back to the centre and had a great lunch at the restaurant next to the Casino in the main street - the best flan and dulce de leche we´ve had yet! After one last trek to the lighthouse, it was finally open so we walked up the 130-odd steps to the top for a view over the river and town. Had a last coffee at Mercosur and then indulged in an ice-cream at the town square.