Buenos Aires is a fascinating, colorful social life and a vibrant nightlife in Latin America.
The unique culture that dates back to the colonial period, the green spaces intertwined with the city and the history shaped by political events are other factors that make the capital of Argentina count among the must-see cities.
Having so many features that satisfy holidaymakers, travelers are pushing for a sweet rush to prepare a list of places to visit and activities to do in the city. You can even take Spanish courses in Buenos Aires while enjoying holidays!
Buenos Aires Attractions
Especially in order to provide information to holidaymakers who will go to the city for the first time, it is very easy to reach the 8 places listed in the article thanks to the city’s advanced public transportation system.
The oldest metro line in South America serves between 05.00-22.00 on weekdays and 08.00-22.00 on weekends; buses provide 24/7 uninterrupted transportation.
1. 9 de Julio Avenue
Buenos Aires is on the top of the list of places to visit in the magnificent 9 de Julio Avenue (Avenida 9 Julio), with 16 lanes of the world’s largest boulevard.
The boulevard, named after Argentina’s independence, was built in accordance with the plans of architect Alberto Prebisch to commemorate the city’s 400th anniversary.
Don’t leave the area without seeing the enormous obelisk in the middle of the road with the green areas where you can relax.
2. Recoleta Cemetery
Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta), built in 1822, is home to eternal residences of prominent figures in the history of the country, such as Eva Peron and Argentine presidents.
In contrast to the dreary structure of the sanctuaries, which lie in rows and contain 2-3-storey tombs, it is a magnificent open-air museum.
The cemetery, where you can see a 200-year-old rubber tree at the exit, is surrounded by the most popular and stylish restaurants and bars of Buenos Aires.
3. Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo was built in 1811 to honor the 1st year of independence.
The most famous building in the square, which is known as the center of the city, is the Casa Rosada where Eva and Juan Peron speak on the balcony.
4. San Telmo
Famous for its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings, San Telmo is Buenos Aires oldest neighborhood. It was founded in the 17th century, the masonry and dockers first lived in this area.
You can watch local artists’ works and performances of dancers as you stroll through the historical streets of the neighborhood where many cafes, tango halls and antique shops are to be enjoyed.
While visiting the neighborhood, visit the National History Museum, EL Zanjon de Granados and the Lezama park, and shop at Dorrego Square on Sundays.
5. La Boca
While Buenos Aires is the subject of the list of places to visit, the most colorful settlement of the city is La Boca.
The neighborhood of La Bombonera, where the famous football team of Argentina Boca Juniors plays, was founded by Italians who came to the city in the 19th century. You can experience hours of fun in Italian taverns or tango clubs.
As the crime rate is high in the neighborhood alone, it is advised to leave the area not too late in the afternoon.
6. Presidential Building
Casa Rosada is located on the eastside of Plaza de Mayo. The construction of the building where Juan and Eva Peron made their famous speeches was completed in 1898; but in 1938 a section was demolished.
Today, the historical building, which is used by the heads of state as a working office, has a history museum in which collections of former rulers of Argentina are exhibited.
7. Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes), which contains more than 12 thousand pieces in its 2 collections of works created by European and local artists in the 16th century, is located in Recoleta, which is considered the touristic center of the city.
Founded in 1895 by Argentine painter and art critic Eduardo Schiaffino, the museum was first opened to visitors on the Florida Avenue building, which now houses the shopping center Galerias Pacifico. In the cultural complex you can visit the works of famous painters such as Rodin, Monet, Goya and Van Gogh.
8. Colon Opera House
Colon Opera House (Teatro Colon), which is considered one of the top 5 concert venues in the world due to its extraordinary acoustics, is located on 9 de Julio Avenue.
Built in 1889-1908 with the design of Francesco Tamburini, the building fascinates its guests with the grandeur of its interior architecture.
You can watch the performances of the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra in the opera house, which has hosted many famous artists since its opening.