Puerto Viejo

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia’s yacht harbor makes for a pleasant stroll.

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Nearby Colonia del Sacramento attractions

1. Museo Indígena

0.09 MILES

Houses Roberto Banchero’s personal collection of Charrúa stone tools, exhibits on indigenous history, and an amusing map upstairs showing how many…

2. Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

0.13 MILES

Incorporating part of the city’s historic fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits…

3. Iglesia Matríz

0.16 MILES

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…

4. Archivo Regional

0.17 MILES

On the northwest edge of Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo, the tiny Archivo Regional contains historical documents along with pottery and glass excavated from the…

5. Museo Municipal

0.19 MILES

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…

6. Museo del Azulejo


This dinky 17th-century stone house has a small sampling of French and Catalan tilework.

7. Casa Nacarello

0.21 MILES

This teeny colonial home is evocative of Colonia's early days, with period furniture, thick whitewashed walls, wavy glass and original lintels (duck if…

8. Convento de San Francisco

0.23 MILES

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…