Colonia del Sacramento
Its privileged position on a cape at the Río de la Plata provoked many disputes between different rulers during its history, resulting in a mix of beautiful Portuguese colonial buildings and typical Spanish style houses.
The charming Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Take a journey back in time and stroll around this remarkable place with its cobblestone streets to visit the Plaza Mayor (main square) with Casa de Nacarello and Casa del Virrey, the Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) with houses from the 1st colonial period, the ruins of the San Francisco convent and the lighthouse (El Faro). Colonia also houses interesting museums like the Museo Municipal (Casa del Almirante Brown) and Museo Portugués on Plaza Mayor, the Museo del Azulejo (Tile Museum) and more.
A highlight of any visit is definitely enjoying a colourful sunset over the Río de la Plata and making the gorgeous walk over the Rambla de las Americas along the water to Real de San Carlos, 4km from Colonia, the beach area to go to.
Well worth a visit is the Aarón de Anchorena National Park 30km northeast of the city. This is the presidential resting residence with an exotic park and a 75m high tower with panoramic views that reach Buenos Aires.