The capital city of the small nation of Uruguay may seem by the numbers to be just an average sized city, but it is quite populated and it has an enjoyable character that is unique which we enjoyed exploring.
We arrived from Colonia del Sacramento which is a historic town around 2 hours westward. The bus pulled into the city’s main terminal and from there it was easy to walk because there were maps and tourist information centers. The first thing we saw might be the city’s proudest spot, the soccer stadium. It is home to many world cup championship teams and was the first place the venue was ever held. Uruguayan’s bleed football.
From there we made our way through the hilly streets with our luggage in tow towards the coastal waterfront. This is the newer part of the city where lots of sky rises, apartments and malls are being built. We stayed at the hilton Garden Inn which is one of the newest properties in town and it was an excellent place to stay.
The next day we walked the length of the city. It has the feel of a sea town like Barcelona, there are many classical buildings, housing is not extravagant or poor but very middle ranged, everyone seems to have an equal slice of the pie. We went into the historic center which was a lovely setup. There are squares, fountains, a cathedral, boutique and gourmet shops all never far from the harbor or seaside.
Speaking of seaside, there are miles of expansive beach which have a beautiful sidewalk bordered by parks where the city’s inhabitants go to walk, cycle or run. It can get cold in winter so be sure to bundle up, but it Montevideo is a town which feels like an intimate capital whose history is bound up in a nation which has very much been in charge of its own destiny and culture for centuries.