Capital:  Montevideo

Population:  1.344.839 hab.

Area:  580 km2

Population Density:  2537 inhab./km2


Montevideo is the capital ofUruguay and the administrative headquarters of MERCOSUR. Its an attractive city plenty of trees in its streets, with wide open green spaces, parks and squares, classic and modern architecture. It also has an important cultural offer besides a wide range of first class international hotels.

Around the shores of the Río de La Plata with a great number of nice beaches, many of them within a few minutes from the city center. It has a population of around 1.500.000 inhabitants, who represent 40% of the total country population.



Montevideo, harmoniously combines modernity and tradition. Ancient architectural treasures such as el Cabildo, the Iglesia Matriz (Matriz Church) and the Puerta de la Ciudadela (City Gate), styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco and cutting-edge modern buildings such as the Torre de las Comunicaciones (Communications Tower), give the city a unique identity.



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The capital’s Rambla (waterfront promenade), providing access to over 30 km of coastline, is one of the main attributes of Montevideo and an unforgettable stroll for its inhabitants who frequently go there to drink ‘mate’ (South American style of tea) and go for long walks. In addition, the vast number of green spaces, parks and gardens also provide numerous outdoor options.


Montevideo also has an extensive cultural scene. For example, its theatrical productions are remarkably extensive and varied, and include classic, modern and alternative shows.


In its museums, cultural centers and showrooms it is possible to appreciate the art of a wide range of internationally recognised artists such as Juan Manuel Blanes, Rafael Barradas, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, José Cúneo and Ignacio Iturria, among others. In 2013, for the second time, Montevideo was named the Ibero-American Culture Capital by the Union of the Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI – Unión de Ciudades Capitales Iberoamericanas) and, therefore, a broad agenda has been scheduled in order to celebrate this distinction.





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