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Uruguay: Colonia and Carmelo

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The little port of Colonia is the oldest town in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fought over by the Spanish and Portuguese for a century, sturdy fortifications suggest Colonia’s history has been as turbulent as it is long. The old part of town is a faded clutter of terracotta roofs and narrow cobbled streets, shaded by sycamores, reminiscent of old Lisbon.  For a few hours daily, Colonia springs to life as a modern army of day-trippers arrives from Buenos Aires. The rest of the time, it’s a typically peaceful Uruguayan backwater.

Even sleepier Carmelo, an hour from Colonia, has long been a popular spot for a game of golf or relaxation by the River Plate. Nowadays, Carmelo is also being discovered by gourmet-seeking visitors as it awakes to its new-found reputation as a centre of Uruguay’s burgeoning wine industry.

Our holidays to Colonia and Carmelo

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Colonial

Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

Private journey

13 days from £2,781pp

Vintage car Colonia

Signature Uruguay: Land of vintage charm

Private journey

14 days from £4,325pp

Things to do in Colonia and Carmelo

Walking Tour of Colonia

Walking tour of Colonia

Vineyard

Wine Tasting in Uruguay


Vintage Uruguay - a short ferry ride away

Explore Uruguay by hire car

What our experts say

This hotel has a wonderful rustic charm and when you combine this with modern comfort and a well regarded restaurant, it merits its place as number one on review websites.

 

Jamie

Jamie Swan

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