|Plaza de San Fernando de Maldonado|
For those visiting Punta del Este, the City of Maldonado has historic points of interest, annual events, and great places to eat that are worth a visit.
Historic points of interest in Maldonado, Uruguay
Plaza de San Fernando de Maldonado
Maldonado’s main square is Plaza de San Fernando, which has trees, benches, and a statue of General José Artigas, Uruguay’s national hero.
|Catedral San Fernando de Maldonado|
Located on Plaza de San Fernando is a large cathedral. The Cathedral site was established as a chapel in 1801 with plans for the complete construction of the current cathedral which was inaugurated in 1895 as the Catedral San Fernando de Maldonado. The image of the “Virgin del Carmen” at the top of the altar is reported to have come from the steamship City of Santander, which sank off the coast of Punta del Este in 1829.
|Cuartel de Dragones|
Located diagonally from the Plaza de San Fernando at the corner of 18 Julio and 25 de Mayo are the remnants of a Spanish garrison that was started in 1771 and completed in 1797. Today, the site has a chapel and a large open patio that are used for weddings and public ceremonies. General José Artigas stayed at the walled barracks in 1797.
|Torre del Vigia|
A few blocks away from Plaza de Fernando (on Rafael Perez del Puerto Street between Solis and Zelmar Michelini) is Plaza de Vigia where there is a 13 meter tall tower. The Torre del Vigia was constructed in 1800 and used to monitor ship traffic coming into the area.
Annual Events in Maldonado, Uruguay
Seven-a-side Rugby (Rugby Sevens)
A Seven-a-side Rugby tournament is held at Maldonado’s Municipal stadium (Estadio Municipal Domingo Burgueño Miguel). The tournament, which is held in January each year, started as a regional event in 1989. It has since become part of the international rugby circuit drawing teams and fans from all over the world.
Corrida San Fernando (San Fernando 10k run)
The Corrida San Fernando is a10 kilometer run that goes through the streets of Maldonado and finishes on the Punta del Este Peninsula. The race is held in early January and draws runners from Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, as well as Uruguay. There is also a small delegation of Kenyan distance runners who come to (and often win) the race each year.
Where to Shop
Extending north from the plaza is a pedestrian street, Calle Sarandi, which is lined with stores, shops, and places to eat.
Where to eat in Maldonado, Uruguay
Lo de Ruben Parilla
Santa Teresa 846
A popular traditional barbecue restaurant
Ventura Alegre 633
“Q” is the “with it” place to go for wine, appetizers, and deserts, as well as a full dining menu.
Román Guerra 714
Oca Bianca is a genuine family restaurant with great pizza and pasta.
Located three blocks from the Plaza near the corner of Arturo Santana
Ventura Alegre 236
Sí, Querida is a delightful little insider’s spot tucked away in a residential neighborhood near the hospital. It has great pizza, specialties, and salads.
A hotdog window on the Sarandi pedestrian street located one block north of the Plaza de San Fernando at the corner of Ituzaingo. El Grillo makes a GIANT milanesa sandwich called "Tortugon" that comes with your choice of additional ingredients and condiments.
From Punta del Este
If you are staying in Punta del Este, Maldonado’s Centro is a short drive or taxi ride.
The City of Maldonado is 125 kilometers from Montevideo.
There is direct service between Montevideo’s main bus terminal and the Maldonado bus terminal.
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