Spring in Buenos Aires

Spring festivities are common in most countries as it is the season of renewal and rebirth. In Argentina, every 21st of September students celebrate their day and the arrival of spring by gathering in parks to share picnics and listen to live bands anticipating the months to come.

Buenos Aires is particularly nice in the spring as the moderate temperatures, flowering vegetation and wide range of activities bring it to life.

Some of the city´s spring highlights are:

The City Flowers:. The Palermo rose garden (Rosedal) is one of the most stunning parks of the city and is at its brightest in spring when its over 12000 variety of roses are in full bloom. The purple jacarandas also pop up paving the city streets with their unique purple flowers whilst the abundant orange blossoms perfume the air. There is also currently an exhibit of flower sculptures by local artists being displayed at the Plaza San Martin.

(Photo by ag2078)

High Handicap Polo Season:  Buenos Aires is known for it’s Polo tournaments which are held from the end of August to the beginning of December. More information on matches herePolo Elite also offers polo lessons and English speaking polo player guides for the tournaments.

(Photo by daveoleary)

Live music and performances: Spring is the season for international rock and pop acts and festivals, the Creamfields electronic festival, the independent theatre festival and jazz festival, all held through the months of September-December. More information of this year’s line-up and tickets here.

(Photo by alrom)

Spring is also a wonderful season for short trips to estancias, to Tigre and to small towns like San Antonio de Areco, amongst others. Outdoor tango is also danced in many parks at dusk and you’re sure to smell weekend asados comming from the peoples houses.

10 Things We Love About Buenos Aires

 

1- The Pulsing Energy

(Av. Corrientes by bimurch)

One thing Buenos Aires isn’t is dormant. This is not only a by-product of city life in general, but part of the local character. Late night partying (meaning it starts at 2 am), frantic driving, bright lights,  loud energetic voices, and the countless things to do and see, make this city a full-blown life force.

 

2-The Delicious Food

(Alfajores filled with dulce de leche. Photo by jamieanne.)

Argentine meat is famous worldwide, and indeed, the asado is one of the national stars, however the local indulgences don’t stop there. Try the dulce de leche, ice cream, pizza, alfajores, and the pastries and you will be pleasantly surprised.  Additionally you can count on variety, quality and freshness of produce all year round, which promises palatable dining.

 

3- The Charming Café’s

(Cafe Tortoni. Photo by J.)

A big part of the city culture, there’s a special allure in the traditional cafes, whether they’re well known or anonymous barrio relics.  Stopping for a quick cup of coffee with medialunas whilst on the go, or for a warm submarino (chocolate bar dipped in hot milk) with churros on a winters day is a must.

 

4- The Flower Shops and Verdulerias

(Verduleria in Palermo. Photo by iggykaser.)

Step out on the streets and you will find the city is ornamented with perfumed flower shops and colorful verdulerias exhibiting their variety of fruits and vegetables.

 

5- The Shady Trees and Parks

(The Jacaranda trees in bloom. Photo by q.crescente)

Contrasting with the traffic and the conglomerate of people are the large parks and the shady trees that line even the busiest avenue. The Jacaranda tree, which is spread around the city, is known to pave the streets with purple flowers in spring and the ombú trees, display their grandiose roots in many of the city’s lush parks.

 

6-The Amazing Architecture

(Puente de la Mujer. Photo by S.Amrit)

From the French sumptuousness of the Colon Theatre and the city palaces to the more humble but colorful buildings in La Boca, from the Colonial structures to modern day skyscrapers, the city is filled with a variety of architectural styles of great beauty.

Some architectural must-sees include the Palacio Barolo, the Cavannagh building, the Colon Theatre, and the Puente de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, amongst others.

 

7- The Diversity

(La Boca by jodastephen.)

Buenos Aires is a city defined by the merging of different influences. Spanish, Italian, French, British, and German backgrounds meshed with the native traditions and people making for a unique social construct with a very peculiar identity. This diversity is reflected in the cuisine, the architecture, the art, the customs, the styles and the ethnic make up of the city’s inhabitants.

 

8- The Cultural Buzz

(Teatro Porteño. Photo by Luis Fdez.)

Theatres, galleries, and stages of all sizes plague the city providing for a lively cultural and artistic scene. Live music can be heard everyday in many places and range from traditional and remixed tango, to local rock, to folkloric music, to jazz, to funk, to classical, to a percussion orchestra. The same variety and quantity of theatre productions and art exhibits can also be found everywhere, making Buenos Aires a very lively city, culturally speaking.

9- The Literary Flavor

(El Ateneo bookstore. Photo by una_cat.)

From the nostalgia present in tangos and the stories of immigrants, to the crazy quirky characters that roam the labyrinth like streets, to the political history, the intercultural influences and the cat filled botanical garden, its no wonder that such great literature has come out of Buenos Aires.  Filled with bookstores and avid readers in the trains and buses, the city was named the international book capital of the year for a reason!

 

10-The Passion of the People

(Argentine Tango. Photo by gwilmore)

Gesticulation is something that every ‘Porteño´ expertly carries out when cheering for their football team, whilst having singsong conversations over coffee, or temper tantrums whilst driving. Whether they’re mourning for their long lost past or seducing a lady in a tango, raising they’re voices in a heated political argument or celebrating a victory, their passionate personalities shine through for better and worse, making them a very lively crowd.

 

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