Montevideo is often overshadowed by Buenos Aires. With tons of culture and wonderful architecture but more laid-back and friendly, it’s time to experience the capital of Uruguay before it gets more well-known. Three well-travelled bloggers talk about what made them fall in love with South America’s still off-the-radar capital city.
Montevideo is a city whose charms are not at first obvious but which soon reveal themselves given the chance. Often seen as a side trip of a couple of days from Buenos Aires, Montevideo is worth much more than that. The city boasts one of the best collections of art-deco buildings anywhere in the world, has a lively arts scene including a great theatre and live music programme, eclectic cafes and restaurants and some interesting museums – most of which are free to visit. But perhaps the city’s best assets are its 25 kilometres of promenade water front and its exceptionally friendly people.”
– Adrian Yekkes, architecture buff and blogger from the UK
I was blown away by Montevideo. It has that bohemian, artsy vibe that I love about San Telmo (the old tango neighbourhood of Buenos Aires) but you feel like you are in a beach town. I’d been through the city a number of times on my way to the beaches further east, but I’d never actually spent any time there. Big mistake.
What a charming city, especially if you have spent time in hectic Buenos Aires. It’s calmer, more laid back, and they take advantage of the river! In Montevideo, we saw kite surfers and families along the river’s beaches, people heading to the bars and cafes near the river to take in the sunset, and the massive rambla is perfect for cycling, roller-blading, getting in a run or just walking off all of the fabulous food and drink.”
– Angela, San Telmo Loft, long-time lover of Argentina based in New Orleans nowadays
I never thought I’d love Montevideo so much. I mean, I’ve never even heard of this little capital city until a few months ago.
I was a little apprehensive about coming here after a not-so-welcoming experience in BA. I was afraid that maybe since these cities are so close to each other, they would be just the same. Turns out, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. It’s true that there are a lot of similarities in that both are heavily European-influenced cultures and have somewhat similar cuisines, but they may as well be on completely different continents.
Montevideo is seriously cool, but I feel like it’s so overlooked.
Most people seem to think that it’s only worth a few days of your time. Our BA hosts thought we were CRAZY to be spending a month here. Because it’s small and boring, she said.
But though I’ve been here for almost three weeks now, I feel slightly panicked that I’ll be leaving next week and won’t see and do everything I want to.”
– Anna, Slightly Astray, travel blogger
Want to learn more about Montevideo?
The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo is the first insider’s travel guide to Montevideo. As Montevideo is a city about which there’s very little written, especially in English and that’s current, you’ll be devouring its 140 pages.
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Photos: Jimmy Baikovicius, Kumsal and Mvd High