Situated on Uruguay’s coast, the Capital city of Montevideo is an eclectic mix of European tradition with the warm charm of a modernized South American city. The city has undergone several waves of European immigration dating first to the Spanish, then subsequently the Portuguese, Italians, British and thousands of others from central Europe. The oldest part of the city is marked by crossing through the Gateway of The Citadel, which transports you into the Ciudad Vieja. This is where you can enjoy the most historic sights the city has to offer such as the bustling food market of Mercado del Puerto or the famous art deco landmark of Palacio Salvo. The Plaza Independencia separates the old town of Ciudad Vieja, and the modern downtown area. The plaza is home to Uruguay’s oldest theatre, the Solis Theatre that is open for touring a night of ballet or opera depending on the time of year. The city also hosts the religious epicenter of the country, The Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral, which is situated across from the Montevideo Cabildo in Constitution Square. Don’t be afraid to wander away from the city and grab some much needed beach time on La Rambla, Montevideo’s 13-mile long coastal promenade.