Visit Iglesia Matriz
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.