A charming and lively town that was originally founded by Portuguese settlers arriving from Brazil in 1680, Colonia’s old town is a declared UNESCO heritage site. The town was originally used as a smuggling staging post, but today its trim colonial centre, with narrow, cobbled streets and fine architecture, is a charming and interesting place to explore. The small historic centre has nine small museums, which can be visited with only one entrance ticket, as well as many good quality restaurants.
Carmelo is perhaps Uruguay’s best-kept secret. With its golden, riverfront beaches, rich cultural offerings, and up-and-coming wine region, Carmelo is an ideal destination for honeymooners and luxury travel enthusiasts alike. The city’s main attraction is its many outdoor pursuits. Visitors can partake in wine pairings and culinary experiences, head out on a boat along the Rio de la Plata to where the Uruguay river begins or just relax and enjoy a picnic in the vineyards.