Colonia del Sacramento

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Colonia is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Points of Interest in Colonia del Sacramento

The main attraction of Colonia is its historic center. Seven small museums in the center can be visited with only one cheap entrance ticket, which must be purchased in the Museo Municipal. For a few pesos you can go up to the top of the lighthouse (faro) and see most of the city and look out over the city and the river. Outside of the city there is a semi-abandoned amusement park with Uruguay's only bullfighting ring, no longer in use.

  • Basilica del Sanctísimo Sacramento.

There is a large tourist information center adjacent to the ferry terminal, and a small office at the western terminus of Calle Manuel Lobo.

Street of Sighs

Matriz Church

Theater Bastion del Carmen

Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

Portuguese Museum

Casa Nacarello

Colonia del Sacramento Plaza de Armas

Porton de Campo

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Indian Museum

Convent of San Francisco

Spanish Museum

Colonia Port

Ferrando Beach

Calabres Beach

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About Colonia del Sacramento


Colonia del Sacramento (Nova Colonia do Santissimo Sacramento) was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese (Manuel Lobo), sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Vice Royalty of the River Plate (later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil). Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was hotly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal.


  • Climb up the old light house (entrance fee is two for one regular price)
  • Walk the old city center and eat fresh ice cream
  • Look for souvenirs and eat asado


The old city is full of restaurants which serve the weekend tourist crowd from Buenos Aires. The specialties are Italian and asado (barbeque). Colonia was also settled by Swiss immigrants and is home to a unique local Swiss cheese that you can get at the markets.

  • La Bodeguita, Del Comercio 167 (also accessable from the lower coast side). A great place if you want something lighter than the common asados. Try to get a table at the lower patio with a wiev over the water. They have excellent sangria. Pizza 85.


Yerba mate, the local drink of choice. Every single person here carries around their own cup and bombilla, so when in Rome...

  • Lentas Maravillas, Santa Rita 61. Barrio Histórico,  05220636, e-mail: 10:30-20:00. Amazing cafe and lounge with garden overlooking the Rio de la Plata. Brunch is especially good with Illy coffee. Stop by for 5 o'clock tea to enjoy tartlets, muffins, cookies, and other culinary delights or sip mojitos in the garden while reading a wide selection of books from the lounge.
  • Colonia Rock, Misiones de los Tapes, 157,  2-8189.

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