Food & Wine

From sizzling racks of meat to the world's most decadent steak sandwich, carnivore culture predominates in Uruguay, complemented by pasta, seafood and a burgeoning wine industry.

Bodega y Granja Narbona Dine in a historic country store and try some of Uruguay's finest tannat reds.

Mercado del Puerto Take your pick of parrillas (restaurants serving grilled meat) at this touristy Montevideo classic.

Parador La Huella Drink and dine beachside with José Ignacio's beautiful people.

Lo de Tere Enjoy early-bird discounts on gourmet Uruguayan cuisine at this perennial Punta del Este favorite.

Lo de Dany Humble seaside eatery perfect for sampling buñuelos de algas (seaweed fritters).

Missfusion Start the evening with creative mixed drinks, stick around for tapas.

La Pulpería Rub elbows with locals at this cozy corner grill.

Cafe Picasso Sunday is the day to partake in paella at chef Carlos' back-street hideaway.

Beaches

Whether you prefer the crashing Atlantic or the tamer shores of the Río de la Plata, Uruguay has a beach to suit every mood.

Cabo Polonio Mingle with sea lions beneath the lighthouse on this wonderfully remote and windswept cape.

Punta del Diablo Join the bohemian beach party at this rustic summer getaway near the Brazilian border.

La Pedrera Scan for surfers from La Pedrera's panoramic point, where endless sands unfurl in both directions.

La Rambla Join Montevideo locals for a leisurely stroll along the urban beachfront from Punta Carretas to Pocitos.

Playa Grande Discover this arc of pristine shoreline in Parque Nacional Santa Teresa.

Playa Brava Sunbathe by day or club-hop till dawn on Punta del Este's long Atlantic-facing strand.

Punta Ballena Watch sunset over this pretty point from the whimsical, whitewashed Casapueblo gallery.

Wide Open Spaces

Uruguay captivates visitors with its wide open spaces, from untrammeled shorelines and vast coastal lagoons to the exhilarating expanses of its interior gaucho country.

Cabalgatas Valiceras Canter along the mesmerizing dune-backed beach from Barra de Valizas to Cabo Polonio.

Termas San Nicanor Soak in end-of-the-road hot springs surrounded by peaceful green countryside.

Caballos de Luz Saddle up for adventure in the misty, rock-strewn hills of Rocha department.

Estancia Panagea Round up the cattle and help with farm chores at this splendid estancia.

Laguna de Rocha Spot spoonbills, swans and storks at this lovely beachside lagoon near La Paloma.

Estancia La Sirena Ride horseback through wheat fields to the Río Negro and sleep in a 19th-century farmstead.

Monte de Ombúes Boat through wide-open wetlands to a magical forest of native Uruguayan ombúes.

Cerro Verde Stroll the wild coastline of Parque Nacional Santa Teresa to this dramatic green promontory.

Yvytu Itaty Experience true gaucho life under the infinite skies of central Uruguay.

Urban Attractions

Uruguay's cities may be few and far between, but they offer an enticing mix of museums, theaters, historic sites and other cultural attractions.

Teatro Solís Catch an opera or a live tango performance at Montevideo's landmark downtown theater.

Museo del Fútbol Relive Uruguayan football's proudest moments at this museum in the venerable Estadio Centenario.

Feria de Tristán Narvaja Browse for books and birds at Montevideo's favorite Sunday flea market.

Portón de Campo Enter Colonia del Sacramento's photogenic old town through this reconstructed 18th-century gate.

Palacio Legislativo Tour the palace where Uruguay's legislators legalized marijuana and same-sex marriage.

La Mano en la Arena Pose for pics between the giant fingers of Punta del Este's Hand in the Sand.

Plaza de Armas Appreciate the colonial charms of this Unesco-protected square from a sidewalk cafe beneath the palms.

Museo del Carnaval Get a vicarious taste of Montevideo's most flamboyant street festival.

Museo de la Revolución Industrial Tour the 19th-century factory that spawned the world-famous Oxo beef cube.

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales Meet all of Uruguay's greatest painters under one roof.