When half a country’s people live in one city, you know it's a special one
Stretching along Montevideo Bay is the buzzing melting-pot of Montevideo City, in the Capital of Uruguay. It feels like a relatively small city but it offers more in character, culture, curiosity, and vibrancy than many cities you might find yourself in. This, of course, makes Montevideo an ideal city for an excellent Freetour.com free tour.
Montevideo in some ways resembles a model city built on the bedroom floor of an eight-year old, using blocks from numerous different hand-me-down Lego sets; and that’s not a slight on this exciting city. You see, it’s as if the city was allowed to grow without much objection to a notably juxtaposed aesthetic. Beautiful neoclassical art nouveau architecture holds its place with elegance & style while gaudy, industrial, and dated tower blocks have been plunked down & sprung up beside it and, to the Southeast, sparkling modern beach high-rises confuse any time-traveller further. As rich in variety as the architecture, is the cultural pulse of this colourful, vibrant place where the arts, music, & theatre thrive and style exudes from beachfront bars, modern hip restaurants, and traditional cafes while wonderful museums & galleries attest to a vast local history & heritage.
From its port market in the east, through the leafy Sarandi promenade & Zabala square to beachside Carrasco in the west, Montevideo is not so much “old meets new” but rather it’s a delightful old place, happily cohabitating with the ever evolving new, and is an entirely worthy visit!