A surprising city Montevideo


| July 11, 2012

Cox & Kings clients, Richard and Frances Clark, recently visited Uruguay’s vibrant capital of Montevideo.

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Montevideo is situated on the mouth of the Plate river, just 95km from the fashionable resort of Punta Del Este. As the capital city of Uruguay, it has many of the sites associated with many other large cities – a cathedral, Constitution Square, theatres and a National Heroes mausoleum. However, Montevideo also has some extremely unique attractions that make this city both interesting and attractive.

The outer town is very attractive, with long beaches along the Plate; the river mouth is more than 320km wide and so to the non-discerning eye it looks just like the ocean. The suburbs have many attractive statues, including that of the Covered Oxcart, the Pioneers and the Mariners. The suburb of Carrasco is one of the most expensive areas and features a wide range of architectural styles.

For football and architecture fans, a highlight would have to be the 1930 World Cup Centenario stadium. It is a fascinating building clearly showing its age, but still holding the memories. It contains a lot of football memorabilia, including the 1966 England World Cup win, as well as recent evidence from Uruguay`s South African campaign that will keep football fans happy and occupied for hours.

The scuttled Graf Spee battleship sank off Montevideo in 1939 and some rescued parts of the guns are on view by the docks. This is a very rare piece of history. For those with big appetites after such a rewarding day, the covered food market opposite the Graf Spee exhibition hosts massive portions of delicious barbecue food.

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