WHAT TO DO IN BUENOS AIRES?
LA PLAZA DE MAYO
The Plaza de Mayo is the central square of the Argentine capital. The main monuments and points of interest of Buenos Aires are concentrated around this square. We find the Cabildo, the ancient municipality created by the conquistadors to administer the city. You will also see the Casa Rosada, seat of the Executive Power of Argentina as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the main Catholic church in the city. Finally, the Museo de la Casa de Gobierno exhibits pieces related to the various presidents of the country.
THE SAN TELMO DISTRICT
Saint Elmo is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Very well preserved, it is characterized by its charming colonial buildings and cobbled streets. It is a very pleasant area where Porteños (the inhabitants of Buenos Aires) and visitors love to stroll between ancient churches, museums, small shops, bars and antique shops. Every Sunday San Telmo comes alive. In Plaza Dorrego, the Feria (market) attracts many visitors and, all over the streets, bands of musicians set the mood. We highly recommend anyone spending a weekend in Buenos Aires to go there!
La Boca is a colorful neighborhood, close to downtown Buenos Aires. The famous Caminito, a pedestrian street lined with brightly colored buildings, delights visitors. This is where many artists have set up their workshops. In the evening, people from all walks of life stroll through the lively streets, around bars, tango clubs and restaurants. The Proa Foundation is also worth a visit! It is one of the most active and interesting contemporary art centers in the capital. After visiting the current exhibition you can have a drink in the cafe / restaurant upstairs and enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole neighborhood.
With its many groves (woods) that extend over fifty hectares, Palermo is the heart of the city. In this area, there is a lake, a golf course, the Galileo Galilei planetarium, a polo field, a velodrome, a Japanese garden administered by the Japanese community of Buenos Aires, a beautiful rose garden and a zoological park. The result is rather convincing when you consider that originally there was not much, if anything, green. Everything has been planted and arranged by Man. The Palermo Viejo, the oldest part of the district, is very lively. There are many restaurants and cafes as well as alternative theaters.
Recoleta is a residential area of the capital. People come here especially to admire its superb architecture, of which the Nuestra Señora del Pilar basilica and the cemetery are symbols. Established in 1882, the oldest cemetery in Buenos Aires is the last resting place of many statesmen, soldiers, musicians, writers, national heroes and ordinary anonymous. The fact of walking along the aisles is in itself a real history lesson. The most visited tomb is unsurprisingly that of Eva Perón, second wife of President Juan Perón and a true national icon.
CAFÉ TORTONI AND ACADEMIA NACIONAL DEL TANGO
Created in the middle of the 19th century by a Frenchman, Café Tortoni is the oldest and most famous café in Buenos Aires. Back then (and still today), many artists, intellectuals and politicians met there to chat over drinks. Café Tortoni changes location several times before settling permanently at 825 Avenida de Mayo. Inside, there is a musical atmosphere, where you can listen to, among other things, jazz and tango. The Café shares the bill with the National Tango Academy, which is dedicated to promoting and safeguarding this national artistic heritage.