Located on a peninsula with the northern side making up the Port, the Ciudad Vieja is the historical center of the City and was once surrounded by protective walls. Argentine forces under Juan Manuel de Rosas besieged the City from 1843 til 1851!! Walk through the streets and witness the architecture of old.
Enjoyed the best part of a day exploring the old town, it's not huge and pretty much one street in reality but it's quite entertaining, plenty of shops, bars and restaurants with some shady trees to sit under and watch the world - enjoyed ourselves here.
This place is a must when in Montevideo. Just don´t go at night, it gets seedy. Perfectly fine during the day. Lively on Sunday too when the rest of the town is asleep, or across town along the water front.
Also check out the costume museum next door. It´s inspiring and worth the entrance fee. (which is more expensive for Americans and Europeans than for other South Americans and Uruguayans) It had a very nice display of Carnival traditions in Montevideo when I went. Kinda racist in a very naive manner. Odd.
Casa Rivera is a neoclassical building constructed in 1802. It was the home of General Fructoso Rivera, the first president of the Uruguayan republic, but now houses a museum of history, with indigenous and colonial objects and paintings.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Mercado del Puerto is an old, covered market full of great parillas. It was opened on October 10, 1868, in the presence of President Lorenzo Batlle and declared a National Historical Monument in 1975. The decorative, wrought ironwork was shipped in from Britain.
It's the best place in Montevideo to eat lunch.
This museum is the most popular with Italian visitors to Montevideo. Giuseppe Garibaldi, the great Italian nationalist and "Hero of the Two Worlds", stayed here in the 1840s. He moved here with his partner Ana Ribeiro da Silva, in 1841 and worked as a mathematics teacher. They got married here the following year. They had four children, Menotti (born 1840), Rosita (born 1843), Teresita (born 1845) and Ricciotti (born 1847). Anita is said to have taught Giuseppe about the gaucho culture of Uruguay. It was at this time he adopted his trademark clothing, the red shirt, poncho, and sombrero used by the gauchos.
In 1842 Montevideo was besieged by an Argentine army and Garibaldi took command of the Uruguayan fleet and raised an Italian Legion. In 1846 he was victorious in the Battle of San Antonio, which won him a worldwide reputation as a guerrilla leader. Garibaldi returned to his homeland during the revolution of 1848 and eventually achieved the creation of an Italian state in 1860.
Casa Garibaldi is just a small house and it only took me a few minutes to see everything.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm
No one visiting Montevideo should escape to spend one or two days walking through Ciudad Vieja (Old city). The city walk should begin in the Harbour´s markt with its many different cuisines, from the national Parrillada to the french restaurants.
From there in direction to Sarandi street, the pedestrian zone, there are a lot of museum, some art galleries, Cafés, beautiful churches and the best exemples of Art Noveau and colonial architecture.
Following Sarandi Street on the way to Independence Square there are some lather and book stores, Cafés and near the Independence square, Solis theater and a Café to get some relax.
Ciudad Vieja (Old City) is the name of the old downtown of Montevideo, a very nice place with some attractions like Palacio Salvio, Plaza Independencia, Mercado del Puerto, Teatro Solis and others.
If you travel to Montevideo, you must need to meet this place, eat a good 'Parilla' at Mercado del Puerto and enjoy the "old" envinroment of the place.
Walk around without any commitment, you will like it! :)
It's also a good place for nightlife, with some pub's, soho's and cassino.
This is the old part of the city of Montevideo. The streets are more narrow, the buildings are older. There is a charm here that hasn´t been overly modified, like that of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It´s a great area to explore on foot.
thinking that my home town of Baltimore, Maryland, USA was the only place that left great old building to crumble, I was surprised, and more than a bit disappointed, to see this happening in Montevideo, as well....but, like I guess I lot of people, I did entertain fantasies about buying a few up, renovating, and turning them into something worthy of their grand structure.
Walk around the Peatonal Sarandi and any of its adjacent streets in order to find one pub next to the other one. Restaurants, clubs, an Irish pub, parrilladas and more mesh around three blocks, tuning anyone walking around or sitting on the sidewalk tables electric and just wanting to have fun. Drinks in Uruguay cost around U$2 unless you go somewhere cheap. However, that's the thing about Montevideo... you can always treat yourself to a luxurious local lifestyle without even going over your credit card limit.
Some places to look fowards to: El Callejon, Shannon's, Almodovar, Kalu to get into the trance ambience, and why not, Cabildo, a club named after Montevideo's first city hall.
Whether you'll be wandering aimlessly and joyfully around the sizzling streets or comfortably sitting at a table whilst enjoying the most relaxing people-watching session ever, Ciudad Vieja promises a night to remember. It's just the perfect setting for tales once you get back, cultural differences united and blinking cocktails in the urban breeze. You haven't experienced Montevideo until you've been there, done that, and came back to your hotel at 5 in the morning, buzzing with energy and just lying down to realize just how much fun you've had.
My favourite part of the city. Like its name says (Old City), this is the oldest part of Montevideo.
At its beginings, Montevideo was a fortified city, what was inside the fortification is what today we call the Ciudad Vieja. Its narrow streets and old houses gives it an european look. Unfortunately some parts of it are run down, but other parts have been take care off in the last years attracting a lot of restaurants and bars.
The Old City is one of Montevideo' major tourist attractions, particular for its great Saturday antiques market, wich takes place in the neighbourhood´s central square, Plaza de la Constitución ((Constitution Square) . This is a picturesque flea market where you can buy all kinds of antiques , from sculptures and silverware to clothes, books and records. The Old Town is also important for its nightlife, wich includes some of the city's more renowneds restaurants. It is also a great area for informal sightseen, just wandering its streets and admiring the beautiful old houses, tradicional bars and antique shops.-
Ciudad Vieja (Old City) is a district nearby the harbour. Some parts of the ancient wall and several colonial houses still remain, despite a lot of constructions were threwn down.
Museums, antiques shops, small cafés, are situated along the narrow streets. On Saturday morning you will find an open market of antiques and old books, and a lot of arts and handcrafts stands. On Sarandí, the main steet, you will see living statues, mimes, musicians, dancers, and if you dare, you can dance tango or candombe!
(More pictures: see travelogue)
La Ciudad Vieja es un barrio próximo al puerto. Algunas partes de la antigua muralla y algunas casas coloniales aún permanecen, pese a que muchas construcciones fueron demolidas.
Museos, anticuarios, pequeños cafés, están situados a lo largo de las estrechas calles. Los sábados por la mañana, se desarrolla un mercado abierto de antigüedades y libros viejos, y muchos puestos de venta de artesanías. Sobre Sarandí, la calle principal, se ven estatuas vivientes, mimos, músicos, bailarines, y si te animas, puedes bailar tango o candombe!
(Más fotos en el travelogue.)
Palacio Taranco houses the Museum of Decorative Arts. I found it quite similar to Museo Romantico.