Also, don't miss the Mercado del Puerto, once the finest port in
Immediately east of the capital is the major resort of Atlántida, and Piriápolis is a mere flick of the towel away. From here, you can venture into the surrounding countryside and climb the 493m (1617ft) Cerro Pan de Azúcar or visit Minas, a lovely town set in wooded hills.
The largest and best known of the resorts is Punta del Este, one of
Jose Ignacio is very close to Punta Del Este, only a 1/2 hour drive. This village contains wonderful examples of local architecture. The houses here are stucco and each one is a different, vibrant color. But don’t be fooled, the houses are fancy and modern
In the old days, José Ignacio was a fishing village but it started growing as many tourists began visiting the place to spend the day at its fabulous beaches and eat at its seafood restaurants. With time it turned out into an ultra exclusive retreat where celebrities and wealthy people have their summer residences overlooking the sea.
Enjoy the beaches and the lighthouse
Eat in Jose Ignacio and Punta del este
I have to say that Los Negros was quite unbelievable. It's a Francis Mallmann restaurant, and he has restaurants in
. Fantastic steak sandwiches – Uruguayan chivito. They are huge and can be divide for two people
Also in Jose Ignacio - Las Huellas - the fish "stew" in a very hot skillet is excellent, fresh, as is really most everything on that menu.
Hernan Taina, a cool little bistro just north of Barra. Funky and fun red decor, but a serious wine cellar. Make sure to get narancello, a version of limoncello made out of small locally grown oranges, not much bigger than a kumquat.
Best panqueque de dulce de leche is at the Lapataia factory just before Punta (near the point where the whales hang out). These crepes are amazing.
In a corner of the Mansa beach you can find the local fishermen, their orange boats and flocks of seagulls crying to be fed. Fresh fish is readily available here.
Casa Pueblo is an art museum situated on a outcropping of rock 5 minutes from Punta del Este. The museum represents the work of one of the most famous Uruguayan painters whose name is Carlos Paez Vilaro. He traveled the world, experiencing different cultures and learning different techniques. He was fascinated by the
If you can read more about Punta del Este, Garzon and Jose Ignacio go to this article in wine and food by Dan Halpern He has written for the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker.http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/south-americas-riviera