Sightseens & Tours
Considering that Buenos Aires has a great deal
to offer to visitors when it comes to entertainment, it is
quite difficult to decide what to do in first place. Each
neighbourhood stands out for its unique, sophisticated style
and its distinctive personality.
Palermo’s impressive park, the beautiful Rosebush and
the Japanese Garden, are some of the most interesting places
of the city. In addition, the Tortoni cafe, one of the most
ancient literary cafes in Buenos Aires, is a must visit.
On Sundays, walking along the antique fair in San Telmo is
highly recommended, as well as visiting La Boca, a historical
and picturesque neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires has certain attractions that surely cannot be
missed. One striking example of this is the Caminito Street.
This street was turned into a distinctive pedestrian zone
and has been functioning as an open-air museum since 1959.
Situated in the neighbourhood named La Boca, it is nowadays
a cultural centre, where artists have a place to expose their
creations and tango demonstrations are offered on every corner.
In addition, another attraction that is well worth a visit
Aires, best known symbol, the impressive obelisk, built
in 1936, during the city’s four hundred years celebration.
Furthermore, a highly interesting place where to go is the
cemetery in Recoleta, Many illustrious people rest in this
picturesque place. One of the most visited tombstones is Eva
Shopping in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires city offers a wide range of centres
and markets when it comes to shopping: antiques can be found
in the neighbourhood known as San Telmo, books at Corrientes
Avenue, leathers in Retiro and souvenirs should be bought
in La Boca. Regarding the latest trends in design of clothes
and decoration, Palermo Viejo is by far and away the best
place where to go.
Caminito Street Museum
This open-air street museum has been gathering
exhibitions of foreign and national artists for a long time
now. Not more than a hundred meters long, this unique pathway
could well be one of the most interesting sightseeing spots
in Buenos Aires.
During the weekend enjoyable tango shows as well as craft
markets can be found in this outdoors museum. As time passed
by, artists have been providing its walls with mosaics and
bas-relief as well as statues, friezes and tablets.
Hence, with no pavement or gates, it was the first pedestrian
museum to appear in the world.
CAMINITO STREET MUSEUM
Government House of Buenos Aires
The Government House stands in one end of the
historical Plaza de Mayo (May Square), opposite the Cabildo.
Nowadays, this French style building is the seat of Buenos
Aires City government and therefore, houses the Town Hall.
It was built in the late nineteenth century, between 1891
and 1902, and its construction was in charge of the architect
Juan Cagnoni. In addition, the plot where the Government House
stands had been given to the General San Martín, long
time ago, owing to the military victories he had achieved.
When inaugurated, the building dome showed a needle longer
than the current one, but due to several inconveniences it
had to be demolished. Regarding the architecture, the French
academic style is combined with Italian elements, like many
other buildings along Mayo Avenue, well known for its variety
of cupolas and unique building styles.
House of Culture of Buenos Aires
This French style building of special architectural
value, projected by engineers Gainza and Agote, was inaugurated
in 1896. The Golden Hall, on the first floor, is one of the
building’s most outstanding features.
Formerly, this building had been headquarters of daily La
Prensa. Thus, despite being inaugurated in the nineteenth
century, it was well supplied with telephones, transmitters
and receivers of news cables. In the upper part of the building
a unique bronze statute, 55 meters high, holding a torch and
a written page, as a symbol of the press freedom can be found.
Nowadays, the building is a part of Buenos Aires City Hall.
HOUSE OF CULTURE
This fair, set up in 1986, appeared as a place
where handicrafts and popular traditions of the country could
be shown. Placed opposite the National Market of Cattle and
between Lisandro de la Torre street and Corrales Avenue, this
fair is divided into three areas: traditional handicrafts,
artistic festivals, and last but not least gaucho abilities.
What is more, a wide range of activities are organised in
each of this areas such as lectures, exhibitions, videos,
traditional games for children and grown ups, popular dances
as well as regional food tasting.
The Obelisk of Buenos Aires
Built in may 1936 in order to commemorate the
400th anniversary of Buenos Aires’ first foundation,
the Obelisk is located in the place where the national flag
was waved for the first time.
Its stunning structure measures more than sixty seven meters
high, has a base larger than forty nine square meters and
just one entry door. Moreover, it has a dome where four windows
can be found, and it is only possible to gain access to it
through a two-hundred-step stairway.
Another interesting hotspot for tourists is the
park in Palermo neighbourhood, bordering Libertador Avenue.
The park began to develop in 1874, encouraged by the president
at the time Domingo F. Sarmiento. Architect and landscaper
Carlos Thays was responsible for the design of it. Finally,
it was inaugurated in November 1875.
The importance of the park, popularly known as Bosques de
Palermo (Palermo’s Forests), relies on the fact that
it is one of the largest green areas of the city. Adding to
this, bushy vegetation borders two artificial lakes where
a large number of sea birds can be seen. This breathtaking
scenery can be enjoyed by boat or even by water bikes.
Dorrego Square in Buenos Aires
Located in a historical neighbourhood known as
San Telmo, the fair has been running since 1970. Initially
it was mainly an antique fair. However, nowadays a wide variety
of items are offered along its 270 stands. Besides, on Sundays,
street performances by tango and folklore dancers turn this
fair into a unique place.
Many of the neighbourhood’s houses of the nineteenth
century have been recycled in order to become antique stores
and first class restaurants.
To sum up, Dorrego Square is a traditional sightseeing area
visited by more than eight thousand national and foreign tourists