Perhaps the biggest tourist attraction in the country, Colonia del Sacramento is a perfectly kept small colonial city, that can be easily reached from either Montevideo by bus, or from Buenos Aires by ferry, crossing the Rio de la Plata.
The Barrio Historico of Colonia del Sacramento, inscribed in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist attraction for visitors from Buenos Aires and the rest of Uruguay. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants catering for the crowds but the city has not swollen or lost its charm.
Walking around the centre, along the pretty cobbled alleys such as Calle de los Suspiros, admiring the view from the lighthouse in Plaza Mayor, taking pictures of the vintage cars that are parked all over, and enjoying a cold beer at sunset, with an incredible view of the Rio de la Plata are all great ways to spend a few days.
The quiet streets are filled with independent cafes, restaurants, galleries, museums, and craft and souvenir shops. As evening falls, the sound of live music begins to drift across the courtyards