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. Plan my trip to Piriapolis with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The building is well located and is relatively well kept, with good explanatory murals, however, there are indications of objects, and the presence of a guide for telling details. Exotic location, lots of history, with a very strong energy, sometimes heavy in some places.
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  • Old building which was home to the founder of Piriápolis, of the great entrepreneur and Alchemist Francisco Piria, who gave the name to this town. Along with the Castle Piria built other monuments that have a mystical very interesting. For those who like the subject, it's worth researching the literature about the Alchemist and the city, very interesting indeed. The castle itself doesn't have much furniture and has been reasonable, worth a visit for the esoteric and historical appeal.
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  • On the outskirts of the seaside resort you can visit the castle which was the residence of Francisco Piria the visionary that subdivision area and founded this Spa. It functions as a museum with an exhibition of various objects and a very modest entry is paid.
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  • Nice place to know a little bit more about the history of Piriápolis and it's founder. Good timeline and explanations about the architecture. Some paintings too. It's kind of a quick tour. Half an hour or so. It's worth the visit
  • 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).
  • Nice place to stop on the way to Montevideo from Piriapolis , Huge castle with loads of paintings.
  • Not essential but nice place. You can visit it in 30 min or less.
  • 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.

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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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