The Cutest Port Town In Uruguay

The Cutest Port Town In Uruguay

The peaceful, cobblestone streets of Colonia provide little evidence of the wars between the Spanish and Portuguese that took place here starting back in 1680.  Founded by Portugal and later conquered by the Spanish, Colonia de Sacramento changed hands from crown to crown several times, but never seems to have lost it’s beauty.  Finally after changing hands eleven times independence was established and it is now part of Uruguay.  So, what makes Colonia worth fighting for?

The Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) section of Colonia del Sacramento is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and preserves an old town charm about it.  No cars are allowed within the historic quarter except for decoration, such as the one below.

Around every corner is another photograph waiting to be captured.  The old buildings, narrow alley ways and climbing vines create the perfect backdrop for a stroll around town sans traffic.

The grand doorways and antique lights are a nice touch, adding to the historical feel of the old town.  The well preserved buildings offer a glimpse into the past but don’t sacrafice comfort.  Staying in one of these old structures can be the highlight of your trip to Colonia as everything from hostels to boutique hotels have been updated for the modern traveler.

Many of the old buildings have been converted to inviting cafes and offer colorful street side dining with sea views.  With no traffic you don’t have to worry about your meal being interrupted by loud vehicles or exhaust.

One of the biggest draws of Colonia is the small harbor area with great views of the sea and scenic paths along the waterfront, perfect for a sunny afternoon walk or a sunset stroll.  Originially this was exactly what made Colonia worth fighting for as it offered both a strategic position and was used for smuggling goods.  Now Colonia is one of those small town treasures that you almost hate to share with the world as you don’t want to let everyone in on the secret.  But, it was the highlight of our trip to Uruguay and too good not to pass along to other travelers, just don’t go broadcasting it’s beauty too much.

WHEN YOU GO:

Plan ahead, the easiest way to get to Colonia from Buenos Aires is via ferry, three companies provide services between the two cities (Buquebus, Colonia Express and Seacat).  If you book in advance the price is considerably cheaper.  If you are coming from Montevideo, buses can be full if you have not booked ahead of time.  In addition cheap accomodation options book up well in advance.

Stay in the old town, you will be in the center of things and will be able to walk everywhere.

Rent bikes, enjoy a ride through the countryside by renting bikes for the day.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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