10 Things to Do in Colonia del Sacramento That You Shouldn't Miss

December 30, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

The historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento, founded in 1680, evokes old Lisbon with its Portuguese-influenced architecture and winding streets. The area, located in southwestern Uruguay on the Rio de la Plata, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. It's an easy day trip by ferry from Buenos Aires, making the beaches a popular Argentinean escape. Major sights include Iglesia Matriz, the country's oldest church, the Municipal Museum and a 17th-century port jutting into the river.
Restaurants in Colonia del Sacramento

1. Barrio Historico

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay +598 94 316 448
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Barrio Historico

This historic section of town takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an array of interesting museums, an historic lighthouse and Uruguay’s oldest church.

Reviewed By R_A617 - Ayr, United Kingdom

A perfect place to wander on a warm afternoon. Old buildings, quirky little side streets. Even in the summer holiday season we were surprised that it was relatively quiet when we visited. A piece of helpful advice - apparently it is very popular at weekends with visitors from Buenos Aires so best not to visit then.
The older streets are very uneven for walking - not just normal cobbles!

2. Rambla de Colonia

Rambla de las Americas, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
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4.5 based on 714 reviews

Rambla de Colonia

Reviewed By Betty P - San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina

The Rambla has two different names:
RAMBLA CRISTOBAL COLÓN: begins on the corner of Doctor Daniel Fosalba Street and Alberto Méndez street up to its intersection with Zorrilla de San Martín Street.
RAMBLA DE LAS AMERICAS: from Zorrilla de San Martín Street up to its intersection with Mihanovich Avenue in Real de San Carlos.
The rambla is one of the most interesting tourist attractions to appreciate Colonia’s landscapes, since it extends for several kilometers. It is very common to see tourists wandering. In the evening the horizon is lit with the lights of the city of Buenos Aires.

3. Galeria de los Suspiros

Calle de Los Suspiros, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay +598 4523 0825
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4.5 based on 449 reviews

Galeria de los Suspiros

Reviewed By Dan L - Bunbury, Australia

This site was not included in our tour and we noticed it as we strolled after lunch. Compact art exhibition plus other relics on display. Beautiful Gardens and the houses equally beautifully maintained. Patio between the buildings. Not to be missed and should be included in walking tours.

4. La Calle de los Suspiros

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay +598 4522 6160
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

La Calle de los Suspiros

Reviewed By JCasNYC - New York City, New York

Cool to see old style streets. Colonia is a nice old town that is pretty pricey to eat at. I'm only here for a day so it's ok but not really much to do here

5. Rio de la Plata

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay +54 9 11 5402-8045
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rio de la Plata

Reviewed By Hectomal - Bogota, Colombia

The intime link that exists between a a river and a city set on the riverside is evident also in Colonia del Sacramento with respect to impressive Rio de la Plata, which separates Uruguay from neighboring Argentina. The river is undoubtedly most important part of the city life. Enjoy the impressive view of the muddy water while walking along the Promenade, or watch the elegant yachts anchored at the marina.

6. Paseo de San Gabriel

Calle Paseo de San Gabriel, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
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4.5 based on 253 reviews

Paseo de San Gabriel

Reviewed By Aafia - Sydney, Canada

Paseo de San Gabriel is a coastal Promenade that runs along along Rio de la Plata. The Promenade is the perfect vantage point from where to watch a beautiful sunset.

7. Puerta de la Ciudadela

Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Puerta de la Ciudadela

This drawbridge over a moat was built in 1745 as the only entrance to the city.

Reviewed By Htsuji - Niteroi, RJ

Portón de Campo and Bastión de San Miguel are the portal and the wall respectivelly, at the entrance of the historical site. The wall is not original (was rebuilt). Good for photos.

8. Faro de Colonia del Sacramento

De San Francisco, 70000, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Faro de Colonia del Sacramento

Ascend to the top of this still-operating 1857 lighthouse for a lovely view of the city.

Reviewed By roaming13 - London, United Kingdom

Beautiful old lighthouse, with the Convent of San Francisco ruins attached to the wall. This involves steps, so not for anyone with immobility, but the base does hold the old Convent outline for those who do not wish to climb.
Views are great from the lighthouse and the day we visited there was a little craft fair just beside the lighthouse in the shade of some stunning trees.

9. Muelle del Puerto de Yates

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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4.5 based on 454 reviews

Muelle del Puerto de Yates

Reviewed By Aafia - Sydney, Canada

A walk along this wooden wharf that dates back to 1866 allows one to imagine a slice of maritime life that took place in Colonia del Sacramento many years ago. Today, the wharf can moor up to 160 boats. Sitting on the benches provides excellent vantage points to view boats coming and going on Rio de la Plata.

10. Bastion de San Miguel

Calle De San Antonio, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
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4 based on 141 reviews

Bastion de San Miguel

Reviewed By 10richardv - Genoa, Italy

Visiting Colonia on a 40 degree day was not the most pleasant travel experience we've ever had. There really isn;'t much in the town, the restaurants were most uninteresting, and there are much better ways to spend a day if you're visiting Buenos Aires

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