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Ciudad Vieja

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Address: Montevideo, Uruguay
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This “Old City” by the harbor retains remnants of the past, like iron gates...

This “Old City” by the harbor retains remnants of the past, like iron gates and colonial street lamps, and, with antique shops, museums and cafes, it’s a great place for browsing.

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Yes it's dirty and yes lots of tourists when the cruise ships are in but there is a ton of ancient buildings here and worth a stop. Lots of street venders scattered around the Old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Montevideo is a tough place to review. On the one hand, there are some beautiful buildings and lots of history. On the other hand, it's a pretty dirty place without a lot of infrastructure for tourism... and plenty of areas that you shouldn't wander (especially at night). The old town has a pedestrian strip connecting the parks down to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes it's dirty and yes lots of tourists when the cruise ships are in but there is a ton of ancient buildings here and worth a stop. Lots of street venders scattered around the Old City. I am always an easy mark for hand made earrings and scarves

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not worth a visit for the moment. Its a small BA, but still not cleaned and not remade. A lot of police and abandoned shops. A lot of angry vendors that they were moved in order to clean the streets. I am sure that in a year it will be much better!

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Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of the city in the old time began in this part of the city, where you can find very old buildings, all the principal banks, two very nice public plaza, the government building, and very nice coffee places. Very nice to walk around ! ! !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I walked to the old city as one of the supposed highlights of Montevideo. While the architecture was excellent, I was really disappointed with the tacky tourism and over crowded areas with cruise ships docking. It was also pretty dirty with heaps of dog crap so watch where you stand !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If Buenos Aires is too busy, overwhelming and dirty for you, go to the center here in Montevideo. Shops, restaurants, bookstores, local artesanias on the main stretch. The people are very kind and you'll be glad you took at least a few hours to check it out.

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Rosario, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are enjoying your stay at Montevideo, it is a must to visit the Old City. It is close to the port area, you will find many coffee shops and restaurants. Also a lot of history of the city. Be prepared with a proper shoes as the city invites to walk around!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arguably the best place to start in order to get a flavour of the city's and country's history. Tree lined squares and some grand buildings tell of past wealth, whilst dilapidated shops and houses, particularly towards the western end, are evidence of the current poverty which affects many inhabitants. Some visitors warn of petty crime but if you wander the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Filled with museums, squares and monuments, the Ciudad Vieja (spanish for "old city") is the first Uruguayan place that a foreigner has to visit in order to learn about the country. In the Plaza Matriz (Matriz Square), that is located in its heart, you have plenty choices of restaurants. You can go to the Plaza Independencia (Independence Square), that has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth walking around, exploring the area, the plaza and the museums (like Torres Garcia, and Gurvich) as well as some of the bookshops in the area. Street vendors and flea markets are a good place to buy a souvenir.

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