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Colonia Del Sacramento world heritage site UNESCO

September 1, 2023

Pablo Temes Photography

A step away from Buenos Aires (1 hour by boat) and two steps away from Montevideo (2 hours and a half by road), between nature and history, is a city that is the daughter of the struggles between the Spanish and the Portuguese. A bastion of cobbled streets and streetlights that make you fall in love, a romantic Uruguayan corner: Colonia del Sacramento.

Located in the southwest of the country, known for its old town called “historic neighborhood” which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995 by UNESCO.


In the historic center we find the typical and well-known Calle de los Suspiros, with more than 250 years of history, it is one of the most visited points in the city, it is not only recognized because when walking through it gives the sensation that time stopped in that little corner of the world, but also has the great attraction of the views of the Río de la Plata and its incredible sunsets that are one of the strengths of this city.


The Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse was built in January 1857. It has a height of 34 meters above sea level, with the characteristic of two red flashes every nine seconds. It is a circular tower of white masonry with a dome with white and red radial stripes.

For just 1 dollar, you can have the possibility to climb its more than 300 steps and find incredible views of the city.


La Puerta de la ciudadela is another of the most important historical monuments of the Old Town, accompanied by part of the fortress that in its time surrounded the city, the gate is undoubtedly a place that does not you can stop visiting


On the tour of the Old Town you will find the Iglesia Matriz, one of the oldest temples in the country built in 1860, inside it still retains part of its original structure from centuries ago.

It opens its doors throughout the year during the day, and it should be noted that the best restaurants and bars in the area are located in its surroundings.

The famous Plaza de Toros, Real de San Carlos, is another of the most emblematic places in the city and without a doubt another of the places to visit in Colonia. With more than 100 years of history, this place is one of the most representative and visited both in the city and in the country.

The Plaza de Toros was declared a National Historic Monument and inaugurated in 1910. Bullfights were held for two years, until they were banned in Uruguay.

It was closed for a long time due to the danger of collapse.

This site, located five kilometers from the center of Colonia del Sacramento, was reopened in 2022. It has a performance center for 2,500 spectators in the stands and more than 2,000 in the ring.


The Wine Route of Colonia.

A group of 13 wineries promote the wine route in the department. The wineries that make it up are: Almacén de la Capilla (Cordano), Buena Vista, Campotinto, El Legado, Familia Irurtia, Fripp, Hacienda del Sacramento, Los Cerros de San Juan, Los Pinos, Narbona, Piccolo Banfi, Viñedos y Olivares del Quinton and Zubizarreta.

These 13 establishments are located in different parts of the geography of Colonia, so through the layout of scheduled tours that offer a tour of each winery with its respective tasting, the aim is to encourage tourists to discover new attractions and extend their stay. since most of them have a Campo hotel.


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