The Costanera of Montevideo
By Daniel Alcalá |
Every city has its symbols and Montevideo is not an exception. Discover its coastline and its attractions at sea.
THE BEST CITY FOR A SUMMER VACATION IN URUGUAY
The city of Montevideo, in Uruguay, is one of the most important and calm destinations in South America. It’s said that, there, relaxation and a sense of security are always at hand.
Every city in the world has its symbols and icons, and this is not the exception. We’ve already told you about Montevideo’s Historic Center and monuments, but now we’ll talk about another beauty in the city: its beaches and Rambla.
The Rambla of Montevideo is one of the key elements of social life in Montevideo; it’s an avenue that goes all along the coastline that has a very broad walkway. The Rambla is the go-to place to practice sports or simply go on a promenade, that’s why it’s a key point that you must visit in your trip to Montevideo.
Along its more than 30 kilometers you’ll find historical sites, beaches, works of art, restaurants, hotels and even outdoors gyms.
BEACHES OF MONTEVIDEO
Montevideo is a city that houses many beaches, that’s why it’s perfect for a summer vacation –remember that in the southern hemisphere, summer runs from December through March.
One of the most attractive beaches in the city is Pocitos Beach, with a length of almost 2 kilometers along which you’ll surely find the perfect chill-out zona. Pocitos Beach has white beaches and very calm waters, so you mustn’t worry about tall waves. At night, the beach is well lit so take a walk on the sand or along the Rambla after dining at one of the local restaurants.
Another nearby beach is Buceo, where swimming is restricted, but where you’ll find a perfect spot for sunbathing.
Lastly, we recommend going to Malvin Beach, a broader beach that allows enough space between travelers who enjoy swimming, beach sports or restful nappers who like to lie on the sand. It’s also a great place to practice water sports like surfing and windsurfing.
PUNTA CARRETAS LIGHTHOUSE
Near the Rambla there’s a place known as Punta Brava, a peninsula that’s linked to the city. This is the southernmost point in Montevideo where you’ll find another attraction: the lighthouse. It was first lit on October 1st 1876 and for years it’s been of great help for fishermen and sailors. Since 1962 it was connected to the electricity grid, and it flashes, alternately, a white and a red beam every 10 seconds. The tower is made of stone and it’s 21 meters tall, so we recommend climbing up in order to have panoramic views of Montevideo and Rio de la Plata. Also, take a low angle photograph of the structure to create one of the best picture postcards of the city. Visiting hours of the lighthouse are from 10am until after sunset. You’ll find it near the Rambla and the Golf Club.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN MONTEVIDEO
You can’t leave Montevideo without visiting the Centenario Stadium, where the final match of the first World Cup in 1930 was held. It’s the only stadium in the world that FIFA has declared Historical Monument of World Soccer, and nowadays it houses the Soccer Museum, one of Montevideo’s main tourist attractions. You can get to the stadium from Punta Carretas by taking General Artigas Boulevard.
There it is, enjoy Montevideo!