Parque Rodó, Pocitos y Punta Carretas

These three neighborhoods extend in part of the coastline of Montevideo to the east.

Parque Rodó

Much of the real estate development in this neighborhood was due to the Uruguayan businessman and alchemist, Francisco Piria, who saw great potential in this spa neighborhood. It is named after the famous Uruguayan writer José Enrique Rodó.

In it there is an extensive park area, which bears the same name as the neighborhood. The park is located in front of Ramírez Beach and it is one of the largest green places in the city, with an area of 43 hectares. It has a large lake where you can ride a pedal boat.

In addition, in the neighborhood you can find a quarry area, Teatro de Verano (open-air theatre), the Museum of Visual Arts, buildings of architectural interest, a large number of monuments and an open-air photo gallery.

Other places to visit located in the neighborhood:

Amusement Park

Located in front of Ramírez Beach and surrounded by the Rodó Park, it has a mechanical playground and gastronomic facilities for the enjoyment of all types of public.

Building of former Parque Hotel - Seat of MERCOSUR

It is an emblematic building from 1912, with an eclectic style and French style. It was the first casino in South America. Since its inception it was an important center of Montevideo social life. It is currently the seat of the Mercosur Parliament.

Parque Rodó Street Market

It takes place around the lake of Rodó Park, every Sunday from the early hours of the morning until 4 p.m. It is a walk that is worth taking since it includes a wide variety of stalls selling handicrafts, clothing and accessories. During the month of December, the street market offers ideal products to give away during holidays and musical and artistic shows with free admission.


Punta Carretas

Punta Carretas is an old Montevideo neighborhood. Through its quiet streets and avenues you can still breathe the romantic air of Montevideo from 900. The neighborhood used to be called Punta Brava, because of a dangerous rocky point in the shape of a cart facing the south of the coast of Montevideo. Because of this, the Punta Carretas Lighthouse had to be raised as a warning to sailors.

The neighborhood has a relevant gastronomic hub, where you can find from the typical Uruguayan gastronomy to dishes from all over the world.

Its main attractions are:

Golf Club

Located in a privileged point of the city, it is surrounded by the coast of Montevideo and the promenade. This old institution was founded on May 24, 1922 and its golf course has 18 holes spread over 6,635 yards. In 1975 it was declared a National Historical Monument.

Punta Carretas Lighthouse

It is located in the southernmost point of Montevideo and Uruguay. It has a height of twenty-one meters. From its coast you can appreciate a panoramic view and you can enjoy the gastronomic offer of restaurants and fishing clubs.

Villa Biarritz Street Market

It takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from early in the morning until 4 p.m., in Juan Zorrilla de San Martín Park. A walk that is worth taking, since it includes a wide variety of stalls selling handicrafts, clothing and accessories, as well as fruits and vegetables.

Punta Carretas Shopping Mall

Around 1915, the Punta Carretas Penitentiary was inaugurated in this building. Towards the end of 1986 the jail is permanently closed, opening in 1994 as a commercial center. It still preserves features of the old prison in its architecture, such as the arch and its exterior facade. It has three floors and more than 200 shops, among other services: food court, cinema complex, exchange houses, children's play area.

 

Pocitos

Pocitos neighborhood is a true living miscellany of buildings that account for yesterday and today of the city's architecture. It has a magnificent, extensive, accessible beach and one of the busiest in the city. There is also a wide gastronomic offer there.

Its most outstanding attractions are:

Montevideo Sign

On Kibón coastline, you will find the iconic sign that forms the word “Montevideo”. It was inaugurated in 2012 due to the celebration of the annual Assembly of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and from then on it became one of the most visited attractions in the city.

Montevideo Shopping Mall

It was inaugurated in 1985, was the first commercial center in the Río de la Plata, becoming a local benchmark and energizer of its surroundings. Part of the design was made by the engineer Eladio Dieste, who stands out for his armed ceramic technique, with exposed brick, cylindrical and vaulted shapes. It currently has 200 shops, a supermarket, food court and the largest entertainment center in the country, with 10 cinemas, two theatres and a casino with more than 600 state-of-the-art slots.

Port of Buceo

The Port of Buceo is dedicated to the practice of nautical sports activities. There is the headquarters of the Uruguayan Yacht Club, from where fishing excursions and walks depart. There is also the Skate Park of Montevideo, next to the traditional restaurants and stalls selling maritime products.

Accessible Beach

On September 20, 2019, the first fully accessible point was inaugurated at Pocitos Beach, located on Rambla República del Perú and Manuel Vicente Pagola.

It has the following services:

• Parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities
• It's close to public transport
• Access ramps connected to a walkway
• Wooden walkway
• Removable rubber track to shore
• Accessible toilets and a place to change 
• Rest and shade area
• Amphibious chairs

 

 

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