City Orientation Walk, Mar del Plata (Self Guided)

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!
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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: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: karenl
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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 spire of old stone and two low towers. It also features Gothic windows formed by arches of graved stone and Renaissance balustrades. The theatre is home to important cultural events throughout the year and other theatrical activities with famous artists from Mar del Plata.
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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 known for its ceiling made of colored terracotta, the mosaic floor, the main chandelier and the Italian altar created the same year as the construction of the chapel upon which can be seen religious relics.
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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 tourists.
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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 local interior design house Casa Comte. Ground was broken on the casino's construction on July 15, 1938, by the Concordance Governor of Buenos Aires Province, Manuel Fresco, and the Central Casino was inaugurated on December 22, 1939.

Bustillo's twin buildings were designed in an eclectic style, but with reminiscences of French Neoclassical architecture. The buildings were clad in brick and quartzite, and topped with a slate mansard. The grand entrance of the Central Casino, marked by a canopy, was located on Patricio Peralta Ramos Avenue, but was moved to the seashore esplanade following its 2007 refurbishment. Gaming space includes a main room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, as well as rooms for high rollers (140 tables, including blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette) and for slot machines (630). The casino welcomes around 12,000 players per evening during the summer tourist season, with as many as 18,000 daily during January weekends.

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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 Bristol.
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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 center of the city. It features a central vestibule, shops, platforms, restaurant and different rooms for women.
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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 areas.
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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 elements, especially the altar symbolizing the open sea on which Stella Maris floats. All the religious items found inside were donated by various people.
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Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art

9) 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 both France and Argentina, at the time. The structure, predominantly in stone, was capped by zinc mansard roofing.

The oceanfront city was given its first municipal museum of fine art in 1938, when the facility was inaugurated in the Mar del Plata City Hall. The museum gathered a collection of mainly modern art in subsequent decades, and in particular works by local realist painter and muralist Juan Carlos Castagnino. The museum's collections feature nearly 600 paintings, sculptures, lithographs, photographs and other works, including those by Argentine artists Antonio Berni, Alberto Bruzzone, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Luis Seoane, Raúl Soldi, and Juan Carlos Castagnino, for whom the museum was renamed in 1982, and of whom the museum houses 138 works.

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Torreón del Monje

10) 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 center.

Walking Tours in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Mar del Plata

Create Your Own Walk in Mar del Plata

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mar del Plata is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Mar del Plata for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Mar del Plata has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Mar del Plata, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.