Football at Estadio Centenario
Football (or, as it's called in the United States, soccer) is known throughout the world as "the beautiful sport." Montevideo is home to two world-class football clubs, Club Atletico Peñarol and Nacional, as well as the Estadio Centenario stadium. Peñarol, founded in 1891 and Nacional, founded in 1899, share a fierce rivalry. Estadio Centenario is a historical building in its own right; constructed in 1930, the stadium hosted Uruguay's historic victory in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
Mercardo del Puerto
For over 130 years, the Mercado del Puerto has been the unofficial center of Montevideo. With a variety of vendors offering local artwork, handicrafts, and regional cuisine, visitors won't want to miss this bustling market. Stroll through the original market building, still in use, and enjoy live music and fresh seafood at one of the market's many fine and casual dining establishments.
Mercado Del Puerto
Panchos at the Plaza Fabini
If you're in the mood for a really good hot dog, take a stroll to the Plaza Fabini in the Centro district. This landscaped public square features large fountains; the famous "El Entrevero" or "Confusion of Disorder" statue; and La Pasiva, a café that, according to the New York Times, makes amazing "panchos", hot dogs with spicy sauce. Grab a pancho or two and enjoy your lunch in this restful public space.
Av. 18 de Julio
Spend an afternoon walking down the coast and discover several of Montevideo's beaches with their unique backdrops. UruguayUruguay.com suggests starting your walk at Ramierz beach to the east of the city, where the city's amusement park makes for a unique background. Next, stroll to busy Pocitos, the city's most popular beach next to downtown's high rises and historical Art Deco buildings. This sandy beach is usually full of sunbathers on sunny days. Walk on to Buceo beach, with a great view of the boats anchored in the Port of Buceo.
If you'd like a more secluded stretch of san, keep going to Punta Gorda or Carrasco beaches, near the eastern end of the city. These beaches are usually less busy than ones nearer the city.