Colonia, Uruguay

The Historic Town of Colonia, Uruguay

We travelled to Colonia del Sacramento from Buenos Aires by fast ferry over the Rio de la Plata, which according to some is the widest river in the world although it isn’t considered a river at all by others. Hmmm….. confusing.

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

We are staying at another gorgeous little hotel called Hotel la Mision, which is right on the main Plaza of the old town, or Barrio Historico. That makes it sound much grander than it actually is, because the whole town is about the size of a handkerchief, however an extremely quaint and very cute little handkerchief!

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

On our first night we went to a gorgeous little restaurant / bar called El Drugstore and I ate the freshest fish imaginable, while sitting outside in a courtyard on the street, listening to a local man with his guitar, and drinking a local brew called Patricio. It was very atmospheric and very enjoyable. The bill however brought us to our senses as it included a charge for the man and his guitar and also a charge for the cutlery! I should have put them in my handbag. However the friendliness of the locals and the relaxed atmosphere in the town soon won us over and now I am a complete convert. It is one of the most chilled out places I have been, and that is even with a boatload of tourists here.

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

The main attraction is the historic old town, Barrio Historico, which is a designated World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is filled with little cobblestone streets and cute little houses, some of which have been converted to museums. One of them, Casa de Nacarello, is supposed to be an excellent example of an 18th century Portuguese house, so we bought a museum pass for the day. The pass gets you into all the museums, which sounds like a hard day of museum seeing but in honesty they are all within a few metres of each other and actually only consist of a couple of rooms, so we ended up seeing them all. They all have different kinds of things in them – tiles, indigenous artefacts, military things, and one even had remains of some dinosaurs found in the Rio de la Plata. We weren’t particularly focussed on seeing all the museums but kind of stumbled across them and ended up quite enjoying it.

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

In the afternoon we decided to branch out further and hired one of the local transport options – a golf cart! It was hilarious, but lots of fun and the perfect way to get around. We went up past the beaches to the nearby town of Real de San Carlos, where there was an old bullring and a very cute little chapel. It was also a nice chance to get out of the tourist compound and see where the locals lived. It seems it’s sleepy everywhere! We had hired the golf cart for two hours, so we had plenty of time to stop off and enjoy another giant beer at the well named Restaurante Tranquilo on the banks of the Rio de la Plata.

The perfect relaxing day.

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

 

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