Top Choice Port in Mar del Plata

Puerto Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is one of Argentina’s most important fishing centers. Its port area, 8km south of the city center, is worth a visit, though public access to the jetty – and its graveyard of ruined ships, half-sunken a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Mar del Plata

Torreón del Monje

Grand and castle-like, positioned on a cliff over the ocean, Torreón del Monje is hard to miss – look for the red domes and the stone footbridge straddling the oceanfront road. This classic landmark is a throwback t…
Church in Mar del Plata

Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia

Facing the leafy Plaza San Martín, this neo-Gothic building features gorgeous stained glass, an impressive central chandelier from France, English tiled floors and occasional choral concerts.
Cultural Center in Mar del Plata

Centro Cultural Villa Victoria

Victoria Ocampo, founder of the literary journal Sur, hosted literary salons with prominent intellectuals from around the world – Borges, Le Corbusier, and Rabindranath Tagore were among more distinguished guests – …
Museum in Mar del Plata

Archivo Museo Histórico Municipal Roberto T Barili

In the Villa Emilio Mitre (1930), a former summer residence of the Argentine oligarchy, this museum houses a superb collection of late-19th-century photographs, along with other exhibits recalling Mar del Plata’s co…
Museum in Mar del Plata

Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino

Built in 1909 as the summer residence of a prominent Argentine family, the turreted Villa Ortiz Basualdo now houses this fine arts museum; its interior exhibits paintings, photographs and sculptures by Argentine art…
Tower in Mar del Plata

Torre Tanque

This interesting medieval-style water-storage tower, atop Stella Maris hill, was finished in 1943 and is still functioning. It offers spectacular views over Mar del Plata and further out to sea. Free guided tours (i…
Aquarium in Mar del Plata

Aquarium Mar del Plata

Located 14km south of the center, near the lighthouse, is Mar del Plata’s aquarium. Animals on display include penguins, flamingos, crocodiles and lots of fish. There are sea-lion, dolphin and waterskiing shows, alo…
in Mar del Plata

Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales

Kids and science fans might enjoy the Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales, a small science museum with a small aquarium, scary spiders, lots of butterflies and dinosaur bones.
Harbour in Mar del Plata

Ship Graveyard

Just past the sea lion colony is the port's fantastic graveyard of ruined ships, half-sunken and rusting in the sun. Here the Escollera Sur (southern jetty) begins its long stretch some 2km out to sea, with panorami…