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Explore history and culture in Barrio Histórico

Step into Uruguay’s past by visiting Museo Portugues or Barrio Histórico, a UNESCO World Heritage site, both within easy reach of the Radisson hotel. We’re located on the riverfront, making it easy to explore the Rio de la Plata and neighboring beaches. If you’re looking for a day trip, it’s two hours to Montevideo, or you can take an hour's boat ride to Buenos Aires.

History

  • Barrio Histórico (1 block)
    A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Historic Quarter displays architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, which you can enjoy while you wander the cobblestone streets or eat at a street café.
  • Basilica of the Holy Sacrament (4 blocks)
    Witness the oldest church in Uruguay, the original dating back to the 1600s and the current building back to 1810; this basilica is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Convento de San Francisco (5 blocks)
    The intriguing ruins of this 17th-century convent contain a 19th-century lighthouse.
  • El Faro (5 blocks)
    This unique lighthouse was built inside the ruins of the Convento de San Francisco in the 1850s. The top provides a stunning view of the entire city.
  • Old City Gate (8 blocks)
    This gate, which dates back to 1745 when the city was first walled, marks the beginning of Colonia’s Old Town.

Museums

  • Museo Portugues (6 blocks)
    Tour 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.
  • Granja Colonia (10 km)
    This eclectic attraction holds the Guinness World Record for the most pencils, but you might rather check out their collection of perfume bottles, key chains or ashtrays. Make sure you take home a jar of delicious jelly, sold in the restaurant.

Nature and outdoors

  • Rio de la Plata (0.1 km)
    Our hotel is situated on the banks of this natural attraction with its incredible views.
  • Beaches (1 block)
    It’s an easy walk from the hotel to enjoy some sunbathing or a stroll on one of Colonia’s sandy beaches, and a short 9-minute drive will get you to Playa de Ferrando or Balneario Municipal.