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Explore history and culture in Barrio Histórico

Walk less than a kilometer west of the hotel to find Barrio Histórico, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the oldest church in Uruguay. Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento is also located near numerous museums and historical attractions like Portón de Campo (the Old City Gate), which was built in 1745. Looking for fun things to do in the sun? Our riverfront property is perfectly positioned near neighboring beaches along the Rio de la Plata. If you’re down for a day trip, drive two hours to Montevideo or take a one-hour ferry ride to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.

Corporate travelers appreciate our proximity to the companies at Zona Franca Colonia, a 22-hectare industrial epicenter by the Rio de la Plata riverbank.


  • Barrio Histórico (0.5 km)
    A UNESCO World Heritage site, this district is chockful of charming cafes and storefronts featuring 17th- and 18th-century architecture. Be sure to bring your walking shoes so you can comfortably wander the cobblestone streets.
  • Basilica of the Holy Sacrament (0.5 km)
    Witness the oldest church in the country, Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, which was constructed in the 1600s and reconstructed in 1810.
  • Old City Gate (0.6 km)
    This stone gate, which dates back to 1745 when the city was first walled, marks the beginning of Colonia’s Old Town.
  • Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse (0.8 km)
    Built in the 1850s atop the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Francisco, this lighthouse provides a stunning view of the entire city.


  • Portuguese Museum (0.7 km)
    Explore the exhibits at this small museum to get a sense of what daily life was like in Uruguay under Portuguese rule. You can view examples of architecture, furniture and military uniforms.
    Phone: +598-452-29240
  • Granja Colonia Museum (11 km)
    This eclectic attraction holds the Guinness World Record for the most pencils, but you can also check out the collection of perfume bottles, key chains or ashtrays. Make sure you take home a jar of delicious jelly, which is sold in the on-site restaurant.
    Phone: +598-452-02025
  • Los Cerros de San Juan (37 km)
    Tour this winery and warehouse to taste one white and two red wines, each complemented by regional cheeses and cold-cut meats. Don’t miss a peek inside the stone cellar, which was erected in the mid-19th century.

Nature and outdoors:

  • Rio de la Plata (0.1 km)
    The Radisson is situated on the bank of this vibrant river that flows southeast into the Atlantic Ocean. Hop aboard a boat and cross the river to discover the city of Buenos Aires.
  • Beaches (0.2 km)
    It’s an easy walk from the hotel to enjoy sunbathing or a stroll along one of Colonia’s sandy beaches. Playa Urbana del Rowing is a short walk away, and others such as Playa Ferrando or Balneario Municipal are within a 10-minute drive.