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Castillo de Piria, Piriapolis

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Visit Castillo de Piria for a sense of Uruguay's upper crust at the turn of the 20th century. Completed in 1897, the medieval-inspired castle and gardens served as the residence of wealthy businessman Francisco Piria--one of the first people to realize the potential of coastal tourism in Uruguay. Through the years, it has also housed presidents and hosted important cultural gatherings. While Piria's castle has suffered somewhat from a lack of quality maintenance, its rustic charm remains intact, and its interior has been converted to a small Spanish-language museum displaying period furnishings, weapons, tools, and artwork. Step out onto the second floor's Florentine balconies for panoramic views of the city. Stroll through the grounds, dotted with native palm trees, and look for the bronze statue of Mercury. You can tour on your own or join one of the visits organized by the tourist office in Piriápolis. Make Castillo de Piria part of your personalized Piriapolis itinerary using our Piriapolis holiday planner.
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Where to stay in Piriapolis

No one can say for sure what Francisco Pira would have made of the modern development in Piriapolis--but he wanted a beach resort, and he's sure got one. Hotels old and new cling to the beach, offering a variety of facilities including private swimming pools, outdoor dining areas, casinos, and spas. For something a bit quieter, explore the resort-style accommodations in the less built-up areas of the beach. Alternatively, head a bit back from the coast for simpler, modest options.
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  • Not a lot to see inside the castle but certainly an interesting story and worth a wander if you have some free time and want something to do. Some period furniture pieces here and there, one roped-off...  more »
  • This historic home of the visionary founder of this town is a must see. The story behind this man is fascinating and his home , while parts may need a bit of upkeep, is still in good condition. There ...  more »
  • Read the review and was excited to see , but the reality was not satisfying at all .Very small building compared to any other castles I have ever seen , and not much to see inside . Its on the way to ...  more »
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  • Not essential but nice place. You can visit it in 30 min or less.
  • Niceee place
  • Yo ok
  • Piria's castle has a couple cool historical displays with timelines and photos. Was a fun quick little stop and learned a bit about the areas history. Also had some friendly guys working on restoring stuff.
  • Bellisimo!!!