City Orientation Walk, Mar del Plata

City Orientation Walk, Mar del Plata
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "GPSmyCity: Walks and Articles with Offline Maps" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Mar del Plata Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Known primarily for its stunning beaches and surf breaks, Mar del Plata is also an architecture-rich destination set on the Argentinean Atlantic coast. Some of the city's elegant late-19th-early-20th-century buildings now house museums, theaters, hotels and other attractions. If you have a taste for architecture, follow this walk and enjoy the alternate side of Mar del Plata resort!

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Argentina » Mar del Plata (See other walking tours in Mar del Plata)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: karenl
Teatro Colón

1) Teatro Colón (must see)

Founded in 1892 and officially opened in 1924, the Teatro Colón is notable for its unique architecture and the richness of its performances. Situated near Plaza San Martin, the theater was designed by architect A. Pascual and is considered an original work of huge importance to the history of Mar del Plata. The building is an example of Spanish architecture with neo-colonial interiors. The exterior facade is decorated with Gothic elements and Renaissance arches and is dominated by a central...   view more
Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia

2) Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia

Situated in front of the well-known Plaza San Martin, the temple was established in 1905, but the foundation was laid in 1893 to honor Saint Peter, and is considered the third-largest church in the country. Designed by architect P. Benoit, the chapel was built in neo-gothic architectural style. The exciting exterior features chaotic lines in the center of the tower, numerous turrets, arches and columns, and wonderful stained glass windows which were brought from France. The church interior is...   view more
Palacio Árabe

3) Palacio Árabe (must see)

Situated on Cordoba Avenue, the Palacio Árabe has a gorgeous Neo-Arabic architectural style. Founded in 1948, it is notable for its lovely façade elements, which combines different architectural ornaments and a minaret at the top of the building. Created by the architect V. Brodsky, the complex belonged first to J. Galli and today is a landmark and a meeting point for both locals and...   view more
Casino de Mar del Plata

4) Casino de Mar del Plata

The Casino Central ("Central Casino") is located in Mar del Plata and is one of the largest such establishments in the country. It is one of a pair of twin buildings designed by architect Alejandro Bustillo. Inspired by seafront Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France, the casino and neighboring Grand Provincial Hotel remain architectural landmarks of the city of Mar del Plata as well as of Argentina. Its decoration was planned by famed French designer Jean-Michel Frank together with...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palacio Eden

5) Palacio Eden

Located in front of Plaza Colon, the Palacio Eden was one of the first skyscrapers in the city and one of the most representative urban landscapes in the country. Dating back to 1958, the building features a lovely vestibule decorated with pottery and was designed by the architect J. A. Dompe in a classic style which characterized the town for a long period of time. The modern edifice faces the picturesque Rambla de Mar del Plata and the sea with Playa...   view more
Terminal de Micros

6) Terminal de Micros (must see)

Located downtown Mar del Plata, the Terminal de Micros building is of great interest to locals and tourists. Designed by architect J. Dormal, the edifice provides an imposing façade, especially the decorative elements, the clock tower, the arch and the two beautiful domes. The front of the edifice was repeatedly modified, and today it has a more modern and unusual look. Originally, the front designs of the building could be seen backwards but currently they are on Alberti Avenue, facing the...   view more
Torre Tanque

7) Torre Tanque (must see)

Established in January 1943, the Torre Tanque is a stunning landmark with Nordic-style picturesque ornaments. Situated on the highest hill of Stella Maris, the building features a house, a ring-shaped staircase with 194 steps, a lift and a huge tank with water which supplies the north part of the town. Designed by architect C. Lange, the architectural heritage building offers a panoramic view not only of the sea but also of the surrounding...   view more
Capilla Stella Maris

8) Capilla Stella Maris (must see)

The imposing Capilla Stella Maris was built in 1908 and is interesting due to its beautiful façade and interior, designed by O. Basualdo. Located at the intersection of Vialmonte and Almirante Brown Streets, the chapel features a neo-gothic architectural style and unique ornaments. Originally, the temple was a school-church and here began worship in this country. At the top of the chapel, visitors can admire the beautiful sculpture which represents the patron saint, as well as the interior...   view more
Museo del Mar

9) Museo del Mar (must see)

The Museum of the Sea is a museum of marine biology and aquarium in the seaside city of Mar del Plata. A gift box containing fifteen seashells, and delivered to 18-year-old Benjamín Sisterna from his brother in 1932, created a lifelong fascination with sea shells and oceanography in the young man. Twenty-six trips around the world in sixty years resulted in a personal collection of over 30,000 shells, fossils and marine invertebrates, among other items.

Sisterna's death in 1995 left the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art

10) Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art (must see)

The Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art is the premier museum of fine arts in Mar del Plata. Commissioned by the Ortíz Basualdo family of Buenos Aires, among the most prominent landowners in Argentina, the distinctive villa on Mar del Plata's prestigious Stella Maris Hill was built in 1909 as a summer residence. Designed by Luis Dubois and Pablo Pater, the eclecticist, Art nouveau villa followed a picturesque movement in French architecture common to new, upscale residences in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Torreón del Monje

11) Torreón del Monje (must see)

The artistic Torreón del Monje was inaugurated in February 1904 and is done in a medieval architectural style. Situated in Punta Piedras, the name comes from the legend of a hero who lost his love and decided to become a monk. The old building features a picturesque view of Mar del Plata and Bristol Beach in the background. It provides a hall for parties, tea lounge, summer terrace and a restaurant. Today, it is one of the most imposing buildings in the city and a huge gastronomic...   view more

Walking Tours in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata Downtown Tour I

Mar del Plata Downtown Tour I

Mar del Plata is a fascinating seaside province with plenty of historical buildings, imposing landmarks, stunning churches, and an unforgettable Latin atmosphere. The most outstanding attractions include Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia, Chateau Frontenac Hotel and Edificio Demetrio Eliades. Take the following tour to discover the most outstanding attractions in downtown Mar del Plata!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Known primarily for its stunning beaches and surf breaks, Mar del Plata is also an architecture-rich destination set on the Argentinean Atlantic coast. Some of the city's elegant late-19th-early-20th-century buildings now house museums, theaters, hotels and other attractions. If you have a taste for architecture, follow this walk and enjoy the alternate side of Mar del Plata resort!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Mar Del Plata Shops

Mar Del Plata Shops

Shopping in Mar del Plata is mostly concentrated in the center which has various specialty stores and lovely boutiques from which to buy. Tourists can also visit some shopping malls and open markets where they will find numerous local items, interesting souvenirs and leather goods. Visitors can try to find everything they're looking for in an hour or spend days browsing the shopping areas. Take the following walking tour and discover the shopping delights of Mar del Plata.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Southern Mar del Plata Walking Tour

Southern Mar del Plata Walking Tour

Mar del Plata offers tourists an excellent opportunity for relaxation through its spas, beaches and amusement complexes which can accommodate visitors' preferences and budgets. As one of most beautiful towns, its numerous parks, reservations, famous squares and other green spaces with colorful flora give visitors a stunning landscape. Take the following tour to discover some great stops for tourists to this town to have an unforgettable experience.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II

Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II

Mar del Plata is a major town for cultural attractions for tourists. For those interested in art and culture, there are theaters which provide live music and great cultural performances, as well as a large number of museums with interesting artifacts on display. Take the following tour to learn more about the culture of Mar del Plata.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Mar del Plata Landmarks

Mar del Plata Landmarks

Mar Del Plata is a well-known tourist city. It offers a picturesque view of the history of its people through its interesting historic sites, stunning architecture, art and landmarks. Here is a list of Mar del Plata's most prominent landmarks that you should take into consideration in your walking tour.

Tour Duration: 6 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 14.5 km