Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II, Mar del Plata (Self Guided)

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.
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Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II Map

Guide Name: Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II
Guide Location: Argentina » Mar del Plata (See other walking tours in Mar del Plata)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: karenl
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Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art

1) 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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Monumento Lobos Marinos

2) Monumento Lobos Marinos

Located in the heart of the town, the monument is a remarkable symbol of Mar del Plata which became the most photographed sculpture for tourists. Originally inaugurated in 1940, the statue is made of local stone and is located here because the former settlements of the sea lions could be found on Playa Bristol. Made by the famous sculptor Fioravanti, the sculpture shows the location of the stairs which lead down to the Playa Bristol.
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Teatro Colón

3) 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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Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano

4) Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano

Situated in the center of Mar del Plata, the building is a well-known place for locals and tourists due to its beautifully-colored facade and the interesting cultural events which it hosts throughout the year. The building houses the municipal library of the city and a cultural center. The center provides various interesting activities for the entire family, ranging from movies and theater to all kinds of music and great collections of books. It is a great option for visitors who want to enjoy a family outing where good shows are guaranteed.
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Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia

5) Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia (must see)

Situated in Plaza Espana, this the first museum that attracted scientists from all over the world and many other paleontologists who came to study and see its interesting collections. Officially inaugurated in February 1938, the museum is divided into two important sections: a hall which hosts exhibits of scientists, and the other which houses the dinosaurs’ collection, an aquarium with fresh water and a park for children which makes the museum a favorite. It also displays some of the most important specimens of the country, species of mammals, fish fauna and scientific articles related to zoology and paleontology. Another popular exhibition of the museum is the collection of the priest G. Scaglia which presents historical documents, vintage coins and other archeological items.
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Quilmes Restaurant

6) Quilmes Restaurant

Situated in Quilmes Athletic Club, the Quilmes Restaurant is one of the oldest in Mar del Plata. The restaurant provides a comfortable atmosphere and an environment perfect for different types of events such as business meetings or social events and first class shows. The restaurant contains three VIP rooms on the first floor, big TVs, air-conditioning, great music and a recreation area for children with a large plastic castle and table games. The restaurant also offers fine cuisine, quality authentic meals and unique desserts.

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 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
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
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
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

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.