The heart of Montevideo is easy to walk around about. As you do, keep your eyes open as surprises await on each street. Here is but one small example, high on a wall near Garcia's museum - a bit of his work for all to see.
Among dozens of new and modern buildings, at the seaside, you can find an odd construction: El castillo Pittamiglio (Pittamiglio Castle). It is not a real castle, but a strange house easily recognizable by the Victory of Samothraki it has at the frontage. The "castle" was built at early 20th century by Humberto Pittamiglio, an architect and alchemist. The house is full of mystery, hidden charms and strange rooms; it houses the Asociación de Promotores Privados de la Construcción (an association), a cultural center and museum. You can visit this building with a guided tour.
Entre docenas de edificios nuevos y modernos, en la costa, pueden encontrar una extraña construcción: el Castillo Pittamiglio. No se trata de un castillo de verdad, sino de una casa muy particualr, fácilmente reconocible por la Victoria de Samotracia que tiene en la fachada. El "castillo" fue construido a comienzos del siglo XX por Humberto Pittamiglio, un arquitecto y alquimista. La casa está llena de misterio, encantos escondidos y habitaciones extrañas; alberga a la Asociación de Promotores Privados de la Construcción, un centro cultural y museo.
Puede recorrerse en una visita guiada.
There are nice views of Montevideo from a small hill at Teatro Verano, overlooking Playa Ramirez. It takes a good 20 or 30 minutes to walk out to here from the city centre, but it's a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, and well worth it for the great views. The beach and its surrounding areas were very quiet when we visited in October, but in summer time I imagine it's very different. The hill is just a short distance from another worthwhile sight, Parque Rodo.
This old steam-boat found its "final drydock" at the entrance to the port of Montevideo, nice to look at and lighted at night, so it is some sort of a lighthouse as well, dont miss it, when approaching the port by cruiseship.
You will find this great ship opposite of the mountain that gave Montevideo its name (see my 4th pic!)
Edificio del London Paris / the London-Paris-building was built in 1908 and it is another one of the many interesting buildings with great architecture along avenida 18 de Julio, at the crossing with Rio Negro street.
The museum of the gaucho and Currency / Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda is not far from Plaza Independencia, made inside an old palace - Palacio Uriarte de Heber - built between 1896 and 1897. The adress is : Avda. 18 de Julio 998-1000
Click on my extra photographs and enlarge them in order to see the fine details of this great facade.
In the port of Montevideo, at the same place as the anchor of the battleship "Admiral Graf Spee" you will see some old machineries like this old steam-powerded crane as well as a lot more anchors and other remains from old ships. It is a nice place for ships-enthousiasts like me and another good argument not to take one of the many free shuttle-buses that offer you to take you to the city (and mainly to shops selling leather-goods there)
This building in the port of Montevideo is the admirality. The architecture was not really so very special, but it was interesting to see some exhibits around the car-park-area of that naval building : old anchors, cannons, ship-screws, whaling-harpoons and a lot more. This building is in an area, where only passengers of cruise-ships are allowed to enter, the controls at the gate of the port are quite severe, so have your boarding-pass ready !
Opposite of the admirality you will find Captan Maranda, the sailing - school-ship of the navy of Uruguay.
It was nice to see at least these interesting remains of a building obviously dating back to the year 1890, according to the inscription on top of it. Its name is Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro / English Bank of Rio de Janeiro. You will see plenty of such buildings in Montevideo, where only the facade was left over, obviously waiting for better times and the money in order to restore it and integrate it into a new building.
The adress of this building is Zabaala 1486, just a few steps from Iglesia de San Francisco
Capitan Miranda is obviously the sailing - school-ship for the navy of Uruguay and it will mostly be docked close to the Admirality-building. No problem to approach it and take photographs, several officers had been watching me taking these pics. It was interesting to see a combination of an old wooden ship, certainly more than 100 years old and modern masts made of aluminium, radar etc.
Uruguay Club is the name of this interesting building next to the cathedral Iglesia Matriz. The building dates back to the year 1885 and all you can see of it as a tourist is the beautiful ornate facade. There are several cafes with terraces at "Plaza Constitucion", from where you will be able to see this lovely building.
Dont miss this building, when you are at "Plaza Constitucion" ,
the adress of Urugua Club is :
One of the things I enjoyed in Montevideo was simply walking around and admiring the architecture. The houses were painted various colors and were beautifully designed. If they're affordable, Montevideo might be a great place to retire.
My wife and I walked a good hour and a half through Montevideo and found the Dolores Zoo. It is not the most fancy zoo you'll ever visit, however the children will love it! Admission is 20 Uruguay Pesos(Less than 1 US$). It is located in the Parque Bastlle area of the city(near the Pocitios Beach) at 3245 Rivera Ave.
This actually should probably be a restaurant tip but I don't have all of the information because I was walking and just happened to find this place so I will place it here. It is in easy walking distance from the Punta Trouville hotel in Pocitos. It is an Asian fusion restaurant which I think was called Tandor. If not Tandor it was some other cognate for Tandoori because the name caught my eye because I was thinking that I had located an Indian restaurant (I love East Indian food). The decor is really amazing and the food is excellent though you have to keep an open mind. There are suggestions of Thai, Indian, Chinese, and French cuisines but someone looking for the purity of any of these culinary traditions would be disappointed here. For example, I ordered samosas and they came out in the pastry mold of an empanada. I began to get worried until I tasted them. They were amazing but they weren't samosas. They had the peas and the potatoes but also a sweet sauce mixed with soy sauce. It seems like it wouldn't work, even from the description, but the food there was fantastic. I felt sorry for the chef because there wasn't really anyone there. I get the impression that Argentines and Uruguayans want their meat and aren't the most adventurous eaters. (Actually there was a warning on the menu which advises that the food comes naturally without spices and if you want it hot you have to ask for that specially. Imagine this in an Asian fusion restaurant.)
In Montevideo there stretch nine beaches from Playa Ramírez to Playa Carrasco from east to west almost completely along the waterfront. They are fairly clean and great for sunbathing, yet the seawater is muddy, thanks to the Río de la Plata outlet nearby, but is safe to bathe in.
Several old and young Hawkers cater for the hungry and thirsty, like this pretty girl !