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Plaza Mayor, Colonia del Sacramento

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Historic Walking Area Neighborhood
Stroll around or take a guided tour of Plaza Mayor, a vibrant plaza with an extensive (and bloody) past. Used in its early days as a military planning hub, during World War I the square was a site of public executions of prisoners. Having seen a number of wars and changing hands between the Spanish and Portuguese, this central plaza has been impeccably maintained and today makes a picturesque, pleasant place to spend time. Go more in depth with a guided tour. Before you head to Colonia del Sacramento, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Colonia del Sacramento family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Colonia del Sacramento has to offer, including Plaza Mayor.
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  • The main centre of historical area. It's full of restaurants with outside seating areas, churches and nice buildings. Somewhere you can tour, eat and drink for an hour or 2.  more »
  • A well - kept gem that allows you to feel how the small city of Colonia must have been in the past. To relax, to enjoy!!!!  more »
  • The plaza was initially created during the founding of the town and was the largest open space in the area. It was originally used for military maneuvers. Over the years the plaza has been transformed...  more »

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Where to stay in Colonia del Sacramento

In contrast to its quaint historical architecture, Colonia del Sacramento offers a range of multi-story, luxury accommodations. Most of these sit near the tip of the city's peninsula, with swimming pools and good beach access. If you want to stay in the old town itself, choose between a range of hostels, inns, and boutique hotels housed in buildings more in keeping with the city's colonial architecture. Make sure to reserve your accommodations in advance, especially if visiting on a weekend or during the busy summer season.
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