[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Living in Montevideo as an expat is an experience you will never forget. Montevideo is a laidback capital with an incredible long beach rambla (22 km!) for strolling, running and biking. Everywhere you go you will see people walking around with their thermo – filled with mate, Uruguay’s national drink.
The city beaches in Pocitos, Malvin and Carrasco are in summer the places to be and you can work on your tan side by side to the locals (of course you don’t have the same water quality as on the coast after Punta del Este, where the ocean is no longer mixed with the Rio de la Plata – but it is good enough for a swim if it hasn’t rained the day before). You can take surfing and sailing classes and basically feel like on a never-ending beach holiday.
The light in summer is extraordinary and you are able to watch breathtaking sunsets and sunrises at the rambla. No wonder that a lot of film and photo shootings are taking place here in Uruguay. It is truly an amazingly beautiful light and the landscape captures you as well.
Another thing that is outstanding in comparison to other cities I know, is the fact that the city has – after New York – the highest amount of art deco buildings. The large collection of art deco architectural treasures from the 1920’s and early 1930’s include apartment houses, cinemas, shops and commercial buildings spread all over the city. It is definitely worth a visit and a must-see for every architecture lover. Not to forget the Palacio Salvo – built 1922-28 and back then Latin Americas highest building.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]An area to explore is ”El Bajo”, a place close to the port in Cuidad Vieja, where a group of entrepreneurs and artists have taken over and rehabilitated the former abandoned place giving it now a home for visual artists, an underground theatre, artistic residences, photography, art and design exhibitions and trendy shops.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”1″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1448456364229-4d9db3b4-485c-9″ include=”6719,6717″][vc_column_text]Even though it is a relatively small capital city it is also the home of the world longest carnaval (starting January 21, 2016). The „llamadas“ of Montevideo’s Candombe players (playing alto, tenor and bass drums) are even famous in Brazil.
Montevideo is as well not far from Buenos Aires where you can take the ferry within three hours.
One of Montevideo’s top attractions to tourists and locals is of course the Mercado del Puerto – a big hall with meat grill restaurants (parillas). Grass-fed beef and sausages and other meat types (as well as fish) fill the stomachs of the carnivores.
But the city’s culinary scene is changing and offers more than meat, chivitos (steak sandwiches) and pizza & pasta. More and more different bars and restaurants are opening, offering a greater variety of food. People like Santiago Garat Urioste with his food truck, The Rolling Beat, are leading this change. Expats from India (Aparna Soni from Moksha and Navdeep Solanki from The Taste of India and Japan (Sibylle and Kazuo Ito with pequeñITO) that started their food businesses with passion and dedication give the city a cosmopolitan flair that was missing before.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”ALMA HISTORICA, Boutique Hotel”][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”0″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1448456515679-112f53ca-6c92-0″ include=”6725,6723″][vc_column_text]Situated in an historical house in Cuidad Vieja (the Old Town), facing the legendary Plaza Zabala, the elegant Alma Historica Boutique Hotel aims to be part of the Uruguayan history and wants to bring Uruguay’s history to its guests. Every room is unique and a wonderfully designed tribute to a poet, sculptor, painter or another important person of Uruguayan culture.
ALMA HISTORICA, Boutique Hotel
Plaza Zabala – Solís 1433
T: (+598) 29147450/51
[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Montevideo on Instagram”][vc_column_text]Fernanda Montoro (@fermontoro) captures the vibe of the city with her photos on Instagram[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
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Do you think you could live in Uruguay’s capital city Montevideo?