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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia Del Sacramento

Crowned with UNESCO World Heritage status, Colonia de Sacramento continues to enchant visitors with its whimsical laid-back charm and Portuguese ambience.

Cobblestone streets bounded by painted houses and sycamore trees illustrate a peaceful scene that bears little resemblance to the town’s turbulent history well depicted in the city’s three principal museums.

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

A little more about Colonia de Sacramento

Nestled on the western fringes of River Plate, facing Buenos Aires, Colonia de Sacramento offers the main waterway crossing for all visitors arriving from Argentina. The historic quarter is safeguarded by the Porton de Campo, a drawbridge opening through the fortified walls of Colonia de Sacramento.

Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Once inside, stroll along Calle de los Suspiros or Street of Sighs. Steeped in legend regarding its namesake, this cobblestone stretch of tiled stucco houses leads out onto Plaza Mayor, an attractive market square festooned with flowers and palm trees. The many cafes dotted around Plaza Mayor offer ample opportunity to sample the youth-enhancing properties of Mate tea or for relaxing with a glass of Uruguayan wine.

Visit the oldest church in Uruguay, the Iglesia Matriz, or the El Faro lighthouse constructed almost entirely from materials reclaimed from the ruins of Convento de San Francisco. Situated just beyond the Barrio Historico fortress, the lighthouse captures the most impressive vistas across the tiled rooftops inside the old town and out toward the Rio de la Plate.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

This small country is a firm favourite of James’s, who loves the quirky capital of Montevideo, the rich farmland interior, the winelands and the trendy beaches of Uruguay.
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