Castillo de Piria, Piriapolis

3.3
#3 of 14 in Things to do in Piriapolis
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.
Create an itinerary including Castillo de Piria
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
460 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • August 15, 2017
    Open to the public daily, you don't have to pay an entrance fee, some rooms are closed, but you can get an idea of how the person lived in the Castle, the person who takes care said the site was to spend the weekend/holidays of the owner because he lived in Montevideo
    View original
  • August 13, 2017
    The House of Francisco piria "Castle"interesting place to learn about the history of piriápolis and the life of an enterprising man with vision for the future.
    View original
  • August 12, 2017
    This place is for those who wish to know a little about Piriápolis and its origins, however there is much more to do there.
    View original
Google
  • July 30, 2017
    Interesting in term of history and culture, but there is no so much thing to do and see. Park is great to have a break in the afternoon. All access is free (parking for car and entrance).
  • February 24, 2016
    Not essential but nice place. You can visit it in 30 min or less.
  • January 19, 2017
    Niceee place
  • July 23, 2017
    Have to visit!
  • March 5, 2017
    Yo ok

Plan your trip to Piriapolis

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Piriapolis by other users

60 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Piriapolis BY A USER FROM URUGUAY October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM URUGUAY October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Punta del Este, Piriapolis & Montevideo BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM URUGUAY July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM URUGUAY July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Lima Region BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM GREECE July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Uruguay BY A USER FROM CHILE May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans