Colonia del Sacramento is considered the most beautiful city in Uruguay. Founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century, it boasts a perfectly preserved old town, which was the first building in the country to be entered on the UNESCO list.
The establishment of Colonia del Sacramento by the Portuguese contributed to the intensification of the dispute with the Spaniards. As a result, Buenos Aires was founded, and then Montevideo. After protracted wars, the city first passed into the hands of the nascent Brazilian state, and in 1828 became part of Uruguay.
Thanks to its long history and well-preserved monuments, Colonia del Sacramento is one of the most interesting places to visit in Uruguay. The center with colonial buildings, cobbled streets, atmospheric alleys such as the Street of Sighs is an inexhaustible treasury of perfect walking places. Among its monuments there is also the Bastion of San Miguel and the lighthouse.
The attractions of the Colonia del Sacramento also include the museums here. There are a lot of them, and in addition to the quite traditional ones like the City Museum or the Spanish Museum, you can also visit the Cologne Museum, the Tile Museum and the Bastion Carmen Cultural Center.
The seaside location means that after visiting Colonia del Sacramento, you can also relax on the beach. One of the better places for this is El Alamo Beach.