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Argentines cross over to Uruguay frequently for weekend getaways to lovely towns and summer holidays at the beach. One of the common destinations for a day away is Colonia del Sacramento, a historic town founded in 1680 with a combination of Portuguese, Spanish colonial and Post-Colonial styles.
This small charming town is just an hour away from Buenos Aires by Ferry and has a variety of attractions. Some of these include the historic quarters where Bastión del Carmen, an old fortress lies, seven museums including the tile museum (Museo del Azulejo) where a collection of valuable Portuguese, French and Spanish tiles are exhibited, the municipal and indigenous museums which tell more about the heritage and history of Colonia, the Spanish museum, the Portuguese museum and Casa de Nacarello which is an 18th century Portuguese house, and an aquarium. We also recomend that you walk down the lovely coast at sunset before stopping at Lentas Maravillas (Santa Rita 61, Barrio Historico), a great teahouse overlooking the river. There are also some wonderful art galleries and some interesting restaurants such as La Florida, a renovated antique house which serves gourmet dining (Odriozola 215) , El Drugstore (Portugal 174), which has a colorful ambiance including an antique car set for two to dine in, and the traditional Pulperia de los Faroles(Misiones de los Tapes 101).