Buenos Aires' must-sees
Buenos Aires is one of those cities that, simply mentioned, immediately make people travel. The Argentine capital with its 3 million inhabitants - the Porteños - is full of all kinds of wealth. Every year, it attracts tourists from all over the world to its nets. The capital of the eighth largest country in the world is seduced by its museums, its customs and, of course, its passion for football. But Buenos Aires goes even further and surprises the curious traveller with its scents, tangos steps, parks, squares rich in history and houses dressed in bright colours. Buenos Aires is a bit like the first essential crossing point before leaving to discover the rest of Argentina
They are to Buenos Aires what Central Park is to New York. Of its real name Parque Tres de Febrero, the Bosques de Palermo extend over 25 hectares. Inaugurated in 1875, the landscape gardeners were inspired by the Bois de Boulogne in Paris and the Prater de Vienne for its construction. Its many treasures make it the most important green space in the Argentine capital. Inside, visitors will find about fifteen plazas (squares), 4 artificial lakes with its activities, the Botanical Garden and the Galileo Galilei Planetarium. It also has one of the most beautiful places in the city: El Rosedal. Added to the park in 1916, it now has more than 18,000 roses, including several hundred varieties. A mixture of French and English parks, all interspersed with Hispanic culture. Very popular on weekends, visiting the Bosques de Parlermo is a relaxing break and discovering the lungs of Buenos Aires.
The Boca district and Caminito street
It is one of the most famous districts in Buenos Aires. Even before entering, it is possible to hear the word "futbol" on everyone's lips. Indeed, it is where the Boca Junior stadium, also known as La Bombonera, one of the most emblematic in the city, is located. This is where Maradona played. A real working-class district, La Boca has, since its creation, been inhabited by the most popular classes in Buenos Aires. In the 20th century, Boca was occupied by immigrants. Today they are still numerous, especially Bolivians and Paraguayans. Undeniable point: Caminito Street and its brightly painted houses. There are also many street painters who have set up their workshops in the street. An open-air museum.
The Colón Theatre
Its history and acoustics make the Colón Theatre one of the best in the world. Inaugurated on May 25, 1908 with Verdi's Aida as its first performance, it is now the most prestigious opera in the world. Built by architects Fransisco Tamburini, Vittorio Meano and Jules Dorma, the influences are multiple. The first was inspired by the neo-baroque style of the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the others by Italian neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau. The theatre is huge with a capacity of 2,487 spectators. Above it stands a dome repainted by Raoul Soldi in 1966. Today, the theatre can be visited. The latter allows you to discover the backstage of the Opera as well as the costumes and sets. It is under his roof that the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, for example, is performed.
The San Telmo district and its feria
At one time, the San Telmo district was the main district in Buenos Aires and Plaza Dorrego its centre. Today, it has become an essential place for tourists who wish to experience the atmosphere of Buenos Aires. Don't miss it: The San Telmo Fair. You have to go there on Sundays to discover a San Telmo animated in its streets by tango dancers. Tourists can therefore enjoy the district and street entertainment. In addition to tango dancers, there are concerts and artists. Slipping into the general crowd means discovering typical coffees and a multitude of trinkets in shops. The entire Plaza Dorrego is occupied by craft and antique stands. The Feria de San Telmo receives more than 10,000 visitors every Sunday
The Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires
Located in the Palermo district, the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (MALBA) is located in the distance. Its eccentric architecture makes this museum an unbeatable part of the capital. Designed by the architects of Córdoba Atelman, Fourcade and Tapia, it is recognized by its juxtaposition of irregular cubic volumes. Its large bay windows on the facade give a lot of light to the building. Originally, MALBA was designed to house the collection of Eduardo F. Costantini. The museum was opened to the public in September 2001. Today, MALBA attracts as much for its exterior as for its cultural treasures. It has the richest collections in the city with more than 400 works. The museum is made up of many artistic creations from the 20th century to the present day, including works by Frida Khalo
The Recoleta Cemetery
Founded in 1822, the "Père-Lachaise porteño" is a true open-air museum and covers more than 6 hectares. It is fun to walk among the graves of famous Argentine figures, including Evita Perón (Duarte family), but the narrowness of the cemetery and the lack of greenery make the atmosphere a little sad. However, it is still easy to spend hours observing the details of the marble statues or mausoleums, or playing at recognizing the funeral home of this or that illustrious name of the Argentine elite. The magnificent entrance portico, known for its very sober Greek architectural style, says a lot about the prestige given to the place. The Recoleta cemetery, which has been removed from the capital's historic districts such as San Telmo, is one of the true witnesses to the history of the city's evolution, thanks to the works that have accumulated there since 1822.
It's a little the Argentine White House, if it's pink… In 1580, Juan de Garay chose this place to build the fort of Buenos Aires. Gradually abandoned, the citadel was replaced by a building that is now the headquarters of the executive branch. The legend says that its pink color stems from a compromise imagined by President Sarmiento (1873): the two political forces of the time were symbols of white (the Unitarian) and red (Federalists). A grenadiers regiment ensures the custody of the residence. Every day takes place at around 7:00 a. m. A key monument to the Plaza de Mayo. Right behind the Casa Rosada, the Museo del Bicentenario was inaugurated by President Cristina Kirchner in May 2011.
To know everything about the true passion of the Boca: football. Visit the Bombonera stadium (la Bonbonnière), videos telling the story of the Boca club, computers displaying statistical data, Maradona fresco, a 360° cinema... a new way to discover one of the most famous football stadiums, La Bombonera. Not to be confused with its neighbour the Monumental, host of the River Plate team, their ancestral rivals. You could offend more than one Argentinean, because Football is a cult in Argentina.
Plaza de MayoThe large square in May is the historical and political heart of the city. The present place includes, among other things, the original Plaza Mayor (or Plaza Grande), delimited by the conquistador Juan de Garay when he founded the city of Buenos Aires on June 11, 1580. It is surrounded by the city's main power centers: Casa Rosada, seat of the Presidency of the Nation, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo (former municipality), the Palace of the City of Buenos Aires, or the seat of the Banco de la Nación Argentina. From the square, the beautiful Avenida de Mayo joins, after crossing the impressive avenue 9 of Julio, the Congreso de la Nación, the Argentine parliament. The Plaza de Mayo is the focal point of the expression of the people. All the political and social protests and protests that make the capital go away or do.
Quite simply: the mythical café of Buenos Aires. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest café in the country. Impossible to leave the city without at least having a cup of coffee there... Time has stood still. You should take the opportunity to explore the premises, including the wooden literary lounge (at the back). The café is also home to a tourist information point for the municipality of Buenos Aires. Tango shows are regularly held in the basement, in a very intimate atmosphere. A must see!
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