Montevideo Travel Blog› entry 8 of 12 › view all entries
The capital of Uruguay and a city that you can see the sights in two days. It has a European feel as most of the buildings were built in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in the Spanish, French or Italian Eclecticism style. The Centro part of the city holds most of the notable museums, galleries, shopping, antiques and restaurants.
The basic tour of Montevideo takes you from the Mercado del Puerto across town to the gaucho monument on Avendia 18 de Julio. Which end you start at really depends on how hungry you are.
The Mercado del Puerto is housed in an old train station with iron beams and glasswork. Inside is an eating and social experience you will not soon forget.
From the Mercado del Puerto make your way to Plaza Zabala, the site of the original governor’s house? Along the way there are many antique shops to browse as you stroll along the streets. Once at plaza Zabala, go around the plaza to the pedestrian walkway that is lined with shops and cafes. The walkway leads you past Plaza Matriz(Constitution Square). Next you will come to the Old City gate and Plaza Independencia. The Plaza was once the military citadel of Montevideo. It was long since torn down but what is left is the Puerta de la Cituadedela (city gate) built in 1746. In the middle of the plaza is a massive statue of General Gervasco Artigas on horseback. Under the statue is a mausoleum with the general’s remains inside. Beyond Plaza Independencia is Avenue 18 de Julio. This is the main artery through downtown Montevideo where you can find shops, cafes, museums, restaurants and markets.