Home to almost half of the nation's population, Montevideo is a modern metropolis with a historical old town dating back to colonial times. It boasts a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco styles. It is the principal economic, administrative and cultural center of Uruguay. Most of Uruguay's meat- and wool-processing plants and other manufacturing establishments are located in the metropolitan area. The city also has a large fishing industry, and its port handles the bulk of the nation's foreign trade.
Surrounding the whole city lies an uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beach where also many of the locals come to spent their summer holidays.

Like Buenos Aires, in the early 20th century the prospering city began to absorb a large number of European immigrants. By 1908 more than 30% of Montevideo's population was foreign-born, which nowadays is the source of the city's rich cultural diversity. Economic stagnation and political decline in the mid-20th century saw Montevideo's middle-class prestige all but ended, and the effects of the ensuing military dictatorship still scarred the city.

What to see

Ciudad Vieja
The Old Town

Plaza Independencia
Located in the heart of the Old Town

National History Museum
Spread between five old historic houses, holds important bits of the countrys history

The Ramble
Visit the 22 km long Ramble waterside roadway where you can see the sunset, hike, bike and more.

Where to eat

Mercado Del Puerto houses a dozen or so restaurants, try grilled meat and great paellas.

Pocitos is another area with good restaurants, try Montechristo or Cru, which is considered to be Montevideos finest restaurant, serves Uruguayan New Cuisine.

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