The world heritage listed old city of Colonia is one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Take a camera. It is old world charm combined with street performers, el fresco restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, vintage cars, ruins and a light house in a beautiful setting of narrow cobblestone streets, plazas and ancient 17th century Portuguese and Spanish buildings on a point along the river Plate. These days the town is inundated with tourists, many from nearby Buenos Aires but it is not uncommon to hear English spoken by passing tourists. Hotels are heavily booked so it´s a good idea to book ahead, particularly in summer.
After perusing the ruins and museums by day, the city transforms after dark, so an evening tour is a must. Restaurants with live music keep going till late. Take a tour of the two piers west of the point and enjoy the magical view of the city with its lights and yaughts on the water.
A ferry ride from Buenos Aires takes 50 minutes on the Buquebus. Many tourists come for the day or the weekend. We spent four days there on our first trip in 2007, and we didn´t get bored. These days we spend most summers there.
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