Montevideo is more than just the picturesque capital city of Uruguay – it's also a fascinating international meeting destination. Located along the Rio de la Plata in the southern region of Uruguay, Montevideo is known for its varied architecture, luxury beach resorts and white sandy beaches, fine restaurants and unique Montevideo venues and attractions. These include the charming Ciudad Vieja (Old City) region. Ciudad Vieja is filled with colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco buildings set along narrow pedestrian streets. Ciudad Vieja becomes an antique market on the weekends.
Just three miles from downtown Montevideo, the Carrasco International Airport, the largest airport in Uruguay, recently completed a massive renovation in order to accommodate 4.5 million passengers per year.
Montevideo meeting venues include the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel. Located in the heart of the city's financial and commercial district, just steps from Plaza Independencia, the main city square, the Radisson features 26,040 square feet of flexible meeting space for up to 1,000 people. Meeting spaces include a grand ballroom, 330-person conference room and 20 other meeting spaces for 10 to 180 people. Meeting amenities include on-site catering, business center, conference sound system and translation booths. The 232-room hotel also features an on-site casino, spa, indoor pool and award-winning on-site dining at Restaurante Arcadia, as well as beach access.
Fine-dining venues in Montevideo are plentiful and found throughout the city. They include the authentic parrilla El Palenque, which features traditional Uruguayan grill food and private dining space. Francis serves Mediterranean-influenced fare in a calm, warm atmosphere, while the Tannat Restaurant and Wine Bar serves elegant global cuisine. The popular Cafe Misterio is famous for its sushi bar, while Panini's offers sumptuous Italian near the Teatro Solis in Ciudad Vieja, making it a perfect venue for pre- and post-theater dining.
Montevideo unique venues and historical attractions include the Museo del Carnaval, a modern, interactive museum that explores the country's carnival spirit. The Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda features exhibitions on the history of Uruguay currency, as well as the gaucho, or Uruguayan countryside cowboy. The Palacio Taranco is the city's decorative arts museum that showcases furniture, paintings and other cultural works in a beautiful French-inspired building. Montevideo's Museo de Historia del Arte features sculpture, architecture, art and prehistoric pottery from around the world.
The city's Mercado del Puerto is a popular open-air port market full of restaurants, clubs, bars and shops, as well as street vendors and performers, open on the weekends and most afternoons. Montevideo visitors also frequent the city's beautiful Rambla, a promenade along the Rio de Plata beach, which stretches past the Ciudad Vieja and Mercado del Puerto.