Historical Museums

A single UR$50 ticket covers admission to Colonia’s eight historical museums. All keep the same hours, but closing day varies by museum. Tickets are sold at Museo Municipal.

Barrio Histórico

Colonia’s Barrio Histórico is filled with visual delights. Picturesque spots for wandering include the roughly cobbled 18th-century Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), lined with tile-and-stucco colonial houses, the Paseo de San Gabriel, on the western riverfront, the Puerto Viejo and the historic center's two main squares: sprawling Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo and shady Plaza de Armas (the latter is also known as Plaza Manuel Lobo).

Real de San Carlos

At the turn of the 20th century, Argentine entrepreneur Nicolás Mihanovich spent US$1.5 million building an immense tourist complex 5km north of Colonia at Real de San Carlos. The complex included a 10,000-seat bullring, a 3000-seat frontón (court) for the Basque sport of jai alai, a hotel-casino and a racecourse.

Only the racecourse functions today, but the ruins of the remaining buildings make an interesting excursion, and the adjacent beach is popular with locals on Sundays.