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What to visit in Montevideo

If you need useful information about what to visit in Montevideo, today we share you 5 musts in the Uruguayan capital: the Salvo Palace, the old town, the Tristan Narvaja Fair, the Solís Theatre and the Carnival Museum.

What to visit in Montevideo: 5 musts in the Uruguayan capital

1) Salvo Palace

Salvo Palace is located between Plaza Independencia and the Avenida 18 de Julio and it was built by the Italian architect Mario Palanti at the request of the entrepreneur Angel Salvo who relied on its previous establishment in Buenos Aires, the Barolo Palace. This emblematic building’s Art Deco style had a design inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Guided visits take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4 pm. They are in charge of the Guide Daniel Elissalde. Fore more information read: Guided visits to the Salvo Palace in Montevideo 

  • Tel: 098456370
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Rates: UY $200 per person.
  • Meeting point: Main entrance of the building (Plaza Independencia 848) Hall. Assist 10 minutes before the visit.
  • Tip: Don’t forget the camera.

2) Solís Theatre

It is the main stage artistic of the city and an emblem of the art in Uruguay. It is located in front of the Central Independence Square, a short walk from the rambla and impacts even further when you come walking through the streets of the old town.

It is worthwhile to spend some time to enjoy any play in this theater full of history and stunning architecture where it has been (and still going) large number of national and international artists. The programming is very varied and for all budgets. In addition to the functions of theatre and dance are currently organized concerts, seminars, workshops and exhibitions, being the center of musical and cultural representations of the city of Montevideo. If you dont want to see any play or concert, the Solís Theater offers guided tours. Visit to the interior of the theater is one of the musts in Montevideo, even if you have only one day in the city. For more information read: A visit to the Solís Theater

  • Opening hours
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 4 pm.
    • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11-, 12- and 4 pm.
    • Saturdays: 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm-4 pm.
    • Monday: closed.
  • Rates: General: UY$90. Tip:  On Wednesday the visits are free.

3) Carnival Museum

The Uruguayan Carnival is a popular festival of national character and it is considered the longest of the world, with approximately 35 days of duration. Held every year from mid-January until the end of February it is characterized by combining African with European traditions. While the Carnival is celebrated in summer, it is possible vibrate with the rhythms of the drums at any time of the year since the candombe sounds in the streets and clubs of the city while the murgas rehearse and prepare for the great event. These manifestations and cultural customs that offer Uruguay and its importance in society can be understood better by visiting the Carnival Museum in Montevideo.

The Museum in Montevideo offers several permanent exhibitions:

  • History of the Carnival in Uruguay: It displays photos and clothes of the last forty years. Some objects that are stand out are the bass drum of Tito Pastrana, the Galera of Cachela, the slippers of Pirulo and a hat of “Palán Palán”.
  • The old “tablados”: It consists in six models accompanied of photos and some stories that recreate six platforms of the years 1935 and 1936.
  • Candombe: It exhibits a detailed story about the history of the candombe accompanied by a series of objects of great historical and symbolic value.
  • Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto 1825 Nº 218 esq. Maciel.
  • Opening Hours
    • April to November: Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 hs.
    • December to March: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 hs.
    • Group visits: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 hours (book previously).
    • Museum Shop: According to the opening hours of the Museum.
    • The Museum remains closed from January 1, May 1, July 18, August 25, and December 24, 25, 31.
  • Rates:
    • General Tickets: UY$ 100
    • MERCOSUR: UY$ 60
    • Uruguay: UY$ 60
    • 50% Discount for Uruguayan with network card BROU.
  •  Tip:
    • Children from 12 years: free. International credit cards are accepted at the reception of the Museum for the purchase of tickets or at the store.

4) Tristán Narvaja Fair

It is known that in the Tristan Narvaja Fair it is possible to find a variety of objects and curiosities. It deserves to go prepared to walk with the five senses. The aromas are intermingled: the old book, the fragrance of lavender incense smell as well as the aroma of the fruits and vegetables that are sold at checkpoints. Antique clocks are heard when given rope and the old tangos played on the turntable in awakening the memories of visitors.

Being a Sunday in Montevideo and not visit the Tristan Narvaja Dair is like not having gone to the Uruguayan capital. The largest and most popular street fair became one of the typical tours of the city and a classic on Sundays. For more information read: The Tristan Narvaja Fair, a classic of every Sunday in Montevideo

  • Opening Hours: Every Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Location: Calle Tristán Narvaja & Av. 18 de Julio. Barrio Cordón.

5) Old Town

It is a place to get lost among the streets, everything there smells old and everything has a story to tell. It involves a walk into the past. It is classical, Baroque and colonial buildings of great architectural and heritage value we found in the old town of Montevideo. The old city shows us the Montevidean culture through their art. In the pedestrian Sarandi concentrates the majority of galleries and exhibitions and on the street are grouped Street artisans that display his art outdoors. It is very common that you crosses with musical performances on the cobblestone streets. During the day it works as a financial center and the evening becomes ideal to go have a beer or dine in their restaurants.