Montevideo Travel Guide

Situated on the south coast of Uruguay, Montevideo is both modern and culturally diverse with its blend of Art Deco and colonial Spanish styles. As the country’s capital and largest city, the city attracts plenty of visitors, with many coming for the stunning beaches. Yet Montevideo also offers great shopping and dining options and bags of history.

Although not the liveliest of South American capitals, especially when compared with the likes of Argentina’s over-the-top Buenos Aires, it is perhaps the city’s quieter nature that attracts so many returning visitors. If it’s beaches you seek, head south to Buceo, Malvin or Pocitos, where relaxation and fun are served up in large portions.

Culture is also an important part of Montevideo’s offerings to visitors, with its many historic monuments, colonial buildings and museums. The best example of Montevideo’s many distinct architectural features is Palacio Salvo in the city center. Montevideo nightlife is also diverse, with plentiful tango saloons, bars, discos and casinos.


Ciudad Vieja: one of the most historic Montevideo areas, the picturesque Old Town is accessible through the Puerta de la Ciudadela portal.

National History Museum: learn more of Montevideo history and Uruguay through this intriguing museum’s five old historic houses.

Independence square: is located at the end of 18 de Julio avenue and is a must for history buffs.

Salvo Palace: dominates the Montevideo skyline and is ideal for view-stealing; found next to Independence square.

The Sexual Diversity Monument: South America’s first monument dedicated to sexual diversity lies between Constitution and Independence squares.

The Rambla: outdoor types will love this 13-mile stretch of waterside roadway, popular with bikers, joggers and fishermen.