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Introduction to Montevideo

With American Airlines flights to Montevideo, it's easy to fully discover this intriguing capital of Uruguay. Colonial architecture, multiple parks, local crafts, vivacious beaches -- there are so many things to do in Montevideo, it's hard to know where to start. Here are a few of our favorites to get you going.

Things To Do In Montevideo

The city itself dates back to 1726 and it's full of history. One of the most interesting ways to explore is through its architecture. One of our top activities in Montevideo involves discovering its eclectic blend; here you can see examples of neoclassical, post-modern and colonial, to name a few styles. Start in Cuidad Vieja (or Old Town), which was the first section of Montevideo to be settled in the 18th century. Here you'll find a cornucopia of colonial buildings and plazas. You'll want to see the Cabildo, which was originally a government building in the colonial era and today houses a museum as well as being the city's historical archive. The Metropolitan Cathedral, the city's main Roman Catholic church, is located directly across Constitution Square from the Cabildo, making it a natural next stop. Its history traces back to 1740 and you'll see touches of neoclassical architecture in its soaring ceilings. Before you leave Ciudad Vieja, be sure to visit Museo Torres Garcia, where the works of Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia (revered as the founder of Constructive Universalism) are on display.

Add visiting a few of the city's parks to your list of things to do in Montevideo. In Parque Battle, for example, you can see the Obelisk of Montevideo. Parque Prado, the largest park in Montevideo, is where you can relax along a creek or wander through a beautiful public rose garden. Parque Rodo is home to an amusement park in addition to natural features, and it is near the National Museum of Visual Arts.

And you can't leave without visiting a few of the city's many forts. As far as activities in Montevideo go, this is one of the more interesting. Two of our favorites are Fortaleza del Cerro, which has played a significant role in the city's history, and Punta Brava Lighthouse, which is, as its name implies, an actual lighthouse.

Once you've covered the city's historical aspects, it's time for a little fun in the sun. With its location along the Rio de la Plata (the portion of the Atlantic Ocean separating Uruguay from Argentina), you've plenty of beachside spots from which to choose. Pick your favorite during a stroll along the Rambia, another of our favorite things to do in Montevideo. You can jog, shop or dine here, and most importantly you can access the city's beaches. We tend to favor Pocita beach and Buceo beach, which also is home to a marina.

With so much to discover in Uruguay's capital, it's an exciting destination. Let American Airlines help you fly to Montevideo for a getaway full of exploration and relaxation. Browse our flights and start planning your trip today!

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