Introduction to Buenos Aries, Argentina
One of the most exciting cities to visit in South America is Buenos Aries, which is Argentina’s capital. The city, which combines European culture with Latin flair, evokes South American charm, what with its inviting and welcoming landscaped plazas and historically interesting architecture, cobblestone streets, , and art museums and galleries.
The Plaza de Mayo
One of the most well-known squares in Buenos Aries is the Plaza de Mayo, where a great deal of protests and demonstrations have taken place. Hard to believe it could be the center of such rallies when you view its gardens of flowers, verdant lawns, and statues and fountains. Founded in 1580 by Juan de Garay, the plaza is flanked by the Presidential Pink House or Casa Rosada and the Town Hall (known as the Cabildo). The plaza, which marks the original center of Buenos Aries, is as well-known to tourists as it is to politicos.
The Café Tortoni: The Oldest Restaurant in Argentina
While staying in Buenos Aries, you’ll also want to stop in at Café Tortoni, which has the distinction of being the oldest coffee house and eatery in the country. An example of the fine cafés that defined Buenos Aries culture in the early part of the 20th century, the landmark restaurant opened in 1858. Just to sit in the café gives you a good feel of the history of the city. It is located at 825 Avenida de Mayo.
Taking in the Sites
No doubt about it, a walk through Buenos Aries gives you a better appreciation of both art and architecture. Sites such as the Puerto Madero with its buildings made of recycled brick and the Puente de la Mujer, a suspension bridge made for pedestrians, makes exploring the capital a memorable, if not unforgettable, experience.
The hotels and lodgings are as intriguing too as the sites and attractions. For example, the Gurda Tango Boutique Hotel, whose building was erected in the early 1900s, was once a casa chorizo or sausage house. Now the converted building features an eclectic mix of Italian and French-themed designs and contemporary and antique furnishings. Then there’s the Mansión Dandi Royal, which showcases an impressive, curved staircase and rooms which highlight a tango motif. Speaking of which, dance agencies offering tango instruction provide their students with furnished, short-term apartments as well.
Learn the Tango or Just Stop in for a Visit
So, whether you are planning to improve your dance skills or are simply touring the city, Buenos Aries is indeed a fascinating and exciting place.