Spend the day at Pocitos, sunbathing and swimming at the beach, strolling the promenade, and admiring beautiful mansions such as Casa Darnaud (housing the Russian Embassy) and Casa Towers (the Italian Embassy) along Cavia Street. Many travelers opt to explore Pocitos as part of a more immersive tour that includes sightseeing excursions to Montevideo’s top landmarks and markets, or perhaps a visit to a winery in nearby Canelones for a tasting and a typical Uruguayan lunch. If you’re looking for exercise, choose the self-guided cycling tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Pocitos is an ideal spot for beach lovers, shoppers, and architecture hunters.
- The brown-colored water at the beach may seem odd to a newcomer, don’t worry, it’s clean and safe for swimming.
- Small gentle waves are perfect for young children.
- Locals call the beachside promenade the “Rambla”.
- Look for National Heritage Sites such as Casa Felipe Yriat, Casa Casabó, Casa Williams, and Escuela Brasil.
How to Get There
Pocitos is located along the banks of the Río de la Plata east of Montevideo’s Old City. The best way to reach the neighborhood is to take a taxi; expect about 10 minutes from the center and 15 minutes from Central Station.
When to Get There
Visit Pocitos during the day to enjoy the beach, the promenade, and the numerous architectural landmarks, or come at night to soak up the gastronomy at any number of waterside restaurants and bars. Beat the crowds by avoiding Montevideo’s peak tourist season, December to February, which includes the 40-day Carnival celebration that kicks off in January.
Castillo Pittamiglio Walk down the Rambla to the bizarre brick castle shoehorned between two modern buildings. Uruguayan architect Humberto Pittamiglio built this fortress as an homage to his work as an alchemist, filling the odd-shaped rooms and labyrinthine corridors with mystical, esoteric symbolism. Take a tour to see hidden rooms and a staircase leading nowhere. Live musical performances are held frequently next to the restaurant inside.
- Rambla of Montevideo (Rambla de Montevideo)
- Football Museum (Museo del Fútbol)
- Montevideo City Hall (Palacio Municipal)
- El Milongón
- Montevideo Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo)
- Montevideo Agricultural Market (Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo)
- Salvo Palace (Palacio Salvo)
- Montevideo Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia)
- Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela)
- Solís Theatre (Teatro Solís)
- Torres García Museum (Museo Torres García)
- Andes Museum 1972 (Museo Andes 1972)
- Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral de Montevideo)
- Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum (MAPI)
- Montevideo Cruise Port (Puerto de Montevideo)