This is a great feature that you will find inside of Palacio Municipal : All of the floor in the main entrancehall is fully covered by a map of Montevideo and while walking over it,you can search for the port, where your cruiseship might be docked (see pics 3 and 5) or for other places in the city. I am sure many tourists will walk over it without noticing that they walk over a town-map, I also needed some time before I finally realized it !
Take a walking tour of the "Ciudad Vieja", or the old colonial city, starting from the Plaza Independencia to see:
1. The huge statue of Uruguay’s greatest hero, José Gervasio Artigas,it marks the spot of his mausoleum. The changing of the guard at noon is a popular sight.
2. From there, visit the Palacio Estevez which until 1095 served as the Palacio de Gobierno. The 26 story building next to is the Palacio Salvo, once the tallest building in South America. See the Teatro Solis, inaugurated in 1856 and the site of much of Montevideo’s artistic events.
3. Connecting the Ciudad Vieja to the rest of Montevideo from the plaza, is La Puerta de la Ciudadela, the colonial military defense.
4. Walk down Calle Sarandi to the Plaza Constitucion where the Iglesia Matriz, the earliest public building in the city. Many of it’s earliest residents were baptized there, including José Gervasio Artigas who was born on June 19. 1764.
5. Take time to explore the Museo Romantico and Casa Lavalleja, both part of the Museo Historico Nacional.
6. Continue to the Casa Garibaldi, where the Italian hero once lived.
We took a day trip from BSAS to Montevideo. To see the old and the new part of the city, you should either get a map from the information office, or simply follow the 'walking tour' sign --> on the buildings, even we got a map, we ended up following the signs, the system was nicely designed for the tourists.
And we finished our Montevideo day at the market having YUMMY parilladas (grills), coffee.
You should take a walk thru downtown Montevideo, specially Avenida 18 de Julio which is the main street. You will find a lot of shops with different things that may interest you.
Also visit Plaza Independencia where the "Mausoleo de Artigas" is.
From there you can also go to Ciudad Vieja, right next to the downtown, where you will find a lot of european style buildings and churchs. At the end of Ciudad Vieja there's the Mercado del Puerto, a place where you can find a lot of very nice restaurants with excellent food.
A nice and quiet walk over Montevideo's coastline Rambla. Any part of the 14 miles Rambla has people biking, fishing, drinking mate, and enjoying the great views.
The ramblas of Montevideo on the board of the ocean stretch for kilometres and offer a nice opportunity for walking, jogging or just taking in the sun, while sipping on some mate.