Introducing Bahía Blanca
Grandiose buildings, an attractive plaza and boulevards lined with shade trees and palms lend oft-overlooked Bahía Blanca the feel of a cosmopolitan city in miniature. Its chief advantage is as a resting point during overland trips from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, but it’s not entirely without interest.
The hordes of sailors who dock here, at what is now South America’s largest naval base, attest to Bahía Blanca’s militaristic beginnings. In an early effort to establish military control on the periphery of the pampas, Colonel Ramón Estomba situated the pompously named Fortaleza Protectora Argentina at the natural harbor of Bahía Blanca in 1828.