Delight your eyes with national and international masterpieces at the National Museum of Fine Arts
Location: Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This is one of the most important museums you will find in Buenos Aires.
The whole collection includes more than 12000 pieces from different periods. It offers an amazing collection of works by local artists, such as Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Cándido López, Ernesto de la Cárcova, but it also hosts works by international renowned artists, such as Tintoretto, Francisco de Goya, Édoudard, Manet, Claude Monet, Van Gough, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and many others, along with some very interesting temporary exhibitions.
If you enjoy national and international art when visiting a city, please do not miss this museum!
Explore a former elite palace at the National Museum of Decorative Art
Location: Av. Del Libertador 1902, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
There is something really interesting here: the building. It was a private residence which belonged to the Errazuriz-Alvear family, one the wealthiest local families.
This museum represents a unique possibility to understand part of their lifestyle at the beginning of the 20th century.
It was designed by the French architect René Sergent. Years later, the Argentine state bought the building to be used as a museum.
Luxurious stairs will lead you to the main hall. The collection includes more than 4000 pieces, including paintings by El Greco, Manet, Alfred de Deux and Joaquín Sorolla, just to mention some of them. You will be astonished by the sculptures, miniatures and silversmithing.
As you visit the first floor, you will find the restored bedrooms and bathrooms, which will give you a good insight about this family and their way of life.
Our tip: do not miss having a coffee or lunch at the restaurant located at the entrance, it will be a memorable experience.
Visit the most beautiful bookshop in the world: "El Ateneo Grand Splendid"
Location: Av. Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
As much as we love to brag about how beautiful our city is, it is not only us who think this way: in 2008, The Guardian considered El Ateneo-Gran Splendid Bookshop as the second most important one in the world. And in 2019, National Geographic considered it as the most beautiful bookshop in the world.
The building was built to host a theatre in 1919. For years people could enjoy opera, concerts and different plays. Carlos Gardel, the most famous tango singer, began recording some of his songs here. Then, it was refurbished into be a cinema.
And finally, the building was renovated and converted into a bookshop in 2000, but you will find a lot of details and decorations from the old days. Today, the old stage hosts a nice café where you can relax and have a cup while reading a book.
It is a wonderful place to spend some time in no hurry. Not to be missed!
Take some shots of Buenos Aires most impresive monument: "Floralis Genérica"
Location: Av. Figueroa Alcorta. Naciones Unidas square, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Walking along Figuero Alcorta Avenue, you will find a huge flower-like structure made of stainless steel and aluminium in Naciones Unidas (United Nations) square. The monument was designed by the local architect Eduardo Catalano using parts of old planes .
According to the author, it is a representation of all the flowers and a new hope with every new opening, as the flower has a mechanism to open and close. There is a pool at the base, creating beautiful reflections.
It turned into one of the most visited monuments in the city. One you definetly need a picture next to as a memory of your visit!
Visit a church from the 1800s: "Nuestra Señora del Pilar"
Location: Junín 1898, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Located in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, this basilica is one of the oldest churches in the city. If you have a look at the façade, you will see the tower, the particular open belfry and you will find the year when it was built: 1732.
It is one of the few examples of Spanish architecture still found in the city. The church has just one central nave and altarpieces with delicate gilding details.
A mural on the left side of the atrium gives us a wonderful idea of what the city looked like in the 17th century.
By the church, Recoleta Cultural Center completes the wonderful walk. Created as a convent and then used as asylum, it was inaugurated as a cultural center. Interesting art exhibitions, a nice terrace overlooking the park and internal patios make it a great place to visit.
Dive into one of Buenos Aires' most creepy atractions: "The Recoleta Cemetery"
Location: Junín 1760, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Many people think: why visiting a cemetery? But after their visit they are completely grateful for the suggestion.
Recoleta cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Buenos Aires. Inaugurated in 1822, this place was part of the outskirts of the city. At one moment, it was quite abandoned, but in 1881 it was completely renovated, thus becoming one the most important cemeteries in the world. In fact, it is considered the third one in importance in the world : Per-Lachaise (Paris, France), Staglieno (Milan, Italy), and Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Walking along the streets means going back in time, visiting a kind of open-air museum, a summary of architecture styles. You will discover huge mausoleums, variety of materials, beautiful trees. Many important local leaders rest in this cemetery.
Without a doubt, the most visited vault is that belonging to the Duarte family: that is the final resting place for María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as “Evita”.
Visiting Recoleta Cemetery, in Buenos Aires, Argentina is not to be missed!
Shop high quality souvenirs at Buenos Airest largest handicraft market
Location: Int. Alvear square, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It is located in Alvear square, even though many local people call it the wrong way: “Francia square”. It offers a beautiful landscape down a natural slope which in the olds days was the coast of de la Plata river.
If you enjoy visiting arts and craft fairs, Recoleta market, in Buenos Aires, will surprise you. During the weekend, you will find many artisans offering wonderful handicrafts (knitting, bijou, wooden photo frames, etc). Keep this in mind: it is the ideal place to buy souvenirs to take back home!