Puerta de la Ciudadela, Colonia del Sacramento

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Walk through the only part of the city walls of Montevideo to remain standing at Puerta de la Ciudadela. Once part of the citadel that stood here until 1829 (when, upon Uruguay's independence, it was torn down to make way for the new city), the gate serves as a marker of the city's history and an entrance to the old town. Its attraction has little to do with the architecture, but rather with the history and culture behind it. Once you pass through, you will be in the old part of town, where you can walk the historical streets, peruse local goods, and try the cuisine. Add Puerta de la Ciudadela and other attractions to your Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary using our Colonia del Sacramento vacation trip planner.
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  • Miss impossible to see the gate of the fortress. It is a symbol and mark the defensive character of the fortress, with its drawbridge. We visited the site with our children more than 20 years ago, and this weekend we take our grandchildren to know the city of Cologne. We loved it and we came back in time to the historic atmosphere of the Portuguese colony and fights with Spain at this strategic place in South America.
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  • Stroll through the old city of Cologne, and photograph the Citadel door is a 'must' impossible to miss. The best time for this trip is in the afternoons in winter or spring, while the wooded area near that input is very cozy and refreshing in summer days
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  • Very nice place to walk and relax. Ideal for visiting one weekend, with several nearby food.
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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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