Travel guide - Buenos Aires
With its broad avenues lined with European-style houses, cafes where locals debate on all topics, and the shimmering colours of Latin America, Buenos Aires, the second most populous city in South America, cultivates passion and art, to a soundtrack of Argentine tango.
Since the 2001 economic crisis, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s economic powerhouse, has found its second wind, driven by the fervour of a warm and generous people. Go on holiday in Buenos Aires and immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere, where European and South American cultures come together to create a sizzling mixture.
The influence of the old continent is perceptible in the Recoleta district, where you can admire the mansions of this miniature Paris. The Cementerio de la Recoleta is worth a visit, filled as it is with sublime monuments. It is here that the Argentine diva, Eva Perón, is laid to rest.
Visit Buenos Aires and you will discover the picturesque San Telmo neighbourhood. In the shadow of colonial houses and cobblestone streets, relive the bohemian spirit of the nineteenth century. At one of the many restaurants here, treat yourself to some Argentine wine, the reputation of which continues to grow, day by day.
At nightfall, immerse yourself in the night in the famous milongas of the cosmopolitan district of Caminito, and experience a dance which is part of the Argentine soul: the tango.
If San Telmo is the heart of tango, the heart of Buenos Aires itself lies in the Plaza de Mayo, the scene of many an important public gathering. At the edge of the square, the Casa Rosada (pink house) and the Palace of the President of the Republic are must-see monuments during your stay in Buenos Aires.
Art lovers on holiday in Buenos Aires won’t want to miss the collections of South American art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco.
Tango may be the main passion for Argentina and Buenos Aires, but football is a veritable religion for the country, and its god is Diego Armando Maradona. And the Boca Juniors stadium is the setting for the footballer’s exploits with his team.
With its slightly worn nineteenth century charm, Buenos Aires is a city of passion, where many cultures come together as one.