Colonia del Sacramento attractions

Cultural Center in Colonia del Sacramento

Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

Incorporating part of the city’s historic fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back,…
Lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento


One of the town’s most prominent landmarks, Colonia’s 19th-century working lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town and the Río de la Plata. It stands within the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de Sa…
Gate in Colonia del Sacramento

Portón de Campo

The most dramatic way to enter the Barrio Histórico is via the reconstructed 1745 city gate. From here, a thick fortified wall runs south along the Paseo de San Miguel to the river, whose grassy banks are popular wi…
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Portugués

In this old house on Colonia's main square you’ll find Portuguese relics including porcelain, furniture, maps, Manuel Lobo’s family tree and the old stone shield that once adorned the Portón de Campo.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Municipal

Houses an eclectic collection of treasures including a whale skeleton, a re-creation of a colonial drawing room, historical timelines and a scale model of Colonia (c 1762).
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Casa Nacarello

This teeny colonial home is evocative of Colonia's early days, with period furniture, thick whitewashed walls, wavy glass and original lintels (duck if you’re tall!).
Historic Site in Colonia del Sacramento

Puerto Viejo

Colonia’s yacht harbor makes for a pleasant stroll.
Ruins in Colonia del Sacramento

Convento de San Francisco

Off the southwest corner of Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo are the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Francisco, within which stands the 19th-century faro. The lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town.
Church in Colonia del Sacramento

Iglesia Matríz

Uruguay’s oldest church – begun by the Portuguese in 1680, then completely rebuilt twice under Spanish rule – is the centerpiece of pretty Plaza de Armas. The plaza also holds the foundations of a house dating from …
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Indígena

Houses Roberto Banchero’s personal collection of Charrúa stone tools, exhibits on indigenous history, and an amusing map upstairs showing how many European countries could fit inside Uruguay’s borders (it’s at least…