Colonia Suiza (“Swiss Colony”), west of Montevideo, can be reached by hydrofoil. The old town is worth seeing. Other beach resorts such as Atlántida, Piriápolis and the fishing port of Paloma are not only popular with sunbathers. Carmelo on the Río Uruguay and Mercedes on the Río Negro are among the most beautiful river ports; Salto, also on the Uruguay, is one of the largest cities in the country. Fray Bentos, near Mercedes, was named after a nearby meat processing plant. Driving north through Florida and Duranzo to Tacuarembó on the Brazilian border runs through the agricultural region. The town of Minas lies in the midst of an idyllic hilly landscape . Colonia del Sacramento, founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century, is home to the country’s most interesting colonial buildings.
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Punta del Este
The beautiful beaches on the Atlantic have made this coastal region a popular holiday area, the high season is from December to April/May. The most elegant is Punta del Este, 145 km from Montevideo . The two beautiful beaches invite you to go fishing, water skiing, surfing and sailing. A golf course is available. In the woods on the outskirts there are cottages and villas. The two offshore islands of Lobos and Gorriti are also worth a visit.
Uruguayans like to go out in the evenings, especially at weekends. Nightlife generally starts quite late, but people often party until sunrise. Montevideo has the most varied nightlife to offer. In the Ciudad Vieja (old town) there are various discotheques and bars, as well as in some suburbs along the coast, for example in Pocitos and Carrasco. In the summer months, numerous nightclubs are open in Punta del Este. From March to January in Montevideo you can enjoy theater and ballet performances or attend concerts by the symphony orchestra. The most famous venues for live events include the Teatro Solís and the Sala Zitarrosa. Tango is as popular in Uruguay as it is in Argentina, Dance performances often take place. If you want to hit the dance floor yourself, you can go to one of the many tango clubs. The most famous clubs include La Casa de Becho or Cuareim. The folkloric Candombe, which was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009, can often be seen in colorful shows. Candombe groups usually parade through the streets of Montevideo on Saturday afternoons collecting donations. The larger hotels in the capital have very good bars and a few restaurants. If there is dance music playing in a bar, the prices for the drinks are usually significantly higher.