On this occasion my job brought me to the Uruguayan capital. I’d been here only once, but just passing through, on my way to Punta del Este. This time we had a full day to enjoy ourselves on a beautiful sunny day in the city of Montevideo.
I speak in the plural because on this layover I was with my cousin Luca. He’s a flight attendant too and we usually fly together, which is very nice. Apart from cousins, we are close friends and working together with a friend makes everything much more fun.
The hotel we stayed at offered bike rentals so we decided to go for it. I share with you this photo gallery showing the picturesque places that this beautiful capital surprised us with.
Pocitos beach, not the prettiest one in the city, but the most centric. The most beautiful one is called Carrasco, but we didn’t get to know it. Anyhow, Pocitos is an excellent spot to spend the evening drinking mate.
People use the waterfront and beaches to various sports and nautical activities. The reason why the water on Montevideo is so dark is because it’s not really the sea, it’s actually a river, the River Plate.
Fishermen also take advantage of the river’s resources.
On our ride we saw many different types of architectures, including modern and colonial. Amongst them is the one of the Mercosur Secretary building. Pretty neat.
Our rides. There’s nothing like good old bikes to move from one place to the other in big cities without missing out on anything.
We got to the Old Town. A crafts fair unfolds on Zabala Square.
As an Argentinian, I’m going to avoid speaking about mate. Although these looked very nice.
Graffitis are never missing and are always a plus.
The Independencia Square, on the edge between the Old Town and centre Montevideo, is the most important square of the city. Here you will find the José Artigas monument (below it lies he’s mausoleum), the executive tower of the Uruguayan government and the Salvo Palace which we can see on the picture.
The classic Solis Theater, and the oldest one in Montevideo.
The modern architecture we’ve talked about previously.
In the evening, Uruguayans get together to share a few mates and watch the sun go down.
Montevidean sunset over Pocitos.
This was my short but fun stay at Montevideo. We’ll close with this picture of the sun setting behind the city, symbolizing the ending of my day, and this post. I hope you enjoyed it.