Mar del Plata Landmarks, Mar del Plata

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.
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Mar del Plata Landmarks Map

Guide Name: Mar del Plata Landmarks
Guide Location: Argentina » Mar del Plata (See other walking tours in Mar del Plata)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 6 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 14.5 km
Author: karenl
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Asilo Saturnino Unzué

1) Asilo Saturnino Unzué (must see)

Founded in 1910 and established in 1912, the Asilo Saturnino Unzué is one of the most visited landmarks in Mar del Plata. Designed by L. Dujarric, the edifice presents a Byzantine Romanesque style and Italian elements. Originally, it served as a refuge and hospital for women, but today it houses a cultural and social institution and a center for art exhibitions. The building has the form of “H,” which includes two floors, a chapel, a large park, a fountain, an oratory and a big clock. Inside, visitors can see the different religious sculptures, an altar, beautiful architectural ornaments on the walls and artistic beauties that this building offers.
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La Perla Spa

2) La Perla Spa

Inaugurated in 1985, this architectural complex includes a system of concrete columns and 5 spas linked in a linear form. Some surfaces are covered with bricks. Situated on the coastal front of the town, this project is considered a link between Mar del Plata and the beach, or an avenue which leads to the sea. Designed by architect C. Testa, the complex also links different shops and nightclubs. Visitors will find real nature in different situations.
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Palacio Municipal

3) Palacio Municipal (must see)

Inaugurated in 1938, the Palacio Municipal is in a Neo-Renaissance architectural style and recalls the elements of the Florentine palaces. Designed by architect A. Bustillo, the edifice has a clear and simple form, with a wonderful façade and a tower of 40 meters. Originally, the City Hall was founded in 1890 and underwent many modifications, but the current renovated building is still situated on the same place. In 1991, the palace was listed as landmark of historical interest.
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Palacio Árabe

4) 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

5) 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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Gran Hotel Provincial

6) Gran Hotel Provincial

The NH Gran Hotel Provincial is a five star establishment in Mar del Plata. It is one of a pair of twin buildings designed by architect Alejandro Bustillo. Inspired by seafront Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, France. Completed in 1948, the 500-room establishment was inaugurated on February 18, 1950, and was long the largest in Argentina.

The operation of the publicly-owned hotel was privatized under licence to the local Empresa Hotelera Americana in the early 1990s, though ongoing losses led to the agreement's rescission at the end of 1998; unable to finance its operation, the province kept the hotel shuttered from that date. The province obtained an investment bid from the Madrid-based NH Hotels Group for the Gran Provincial's reopening, in April 2008. Following refurbishment works directed by local architect Alejandro Novakovsky and totalling nearly US$30 million, the hotel was re-inaugurated on February 8, 2009. Its 77,500 square metres (834,000 sq ft) of floor space includes 469 rooms and 12 suites, as well as a convention center.

The hotel has hosted numerous Mar del Plata Film Festivals, as well as the 2010 Ibero-American Summit. Its more notable international guests have included actors Gina Lollobrigida and Paul Newman, as well as U.S. Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Torreón del Monje

7) 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.
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Torre Tanque

8) 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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Mirador Cabo Corrientes

9) Mirador Cabo Corrientes

Situated close to Playa Varese and not far from the center of the city, the Mirador Cabo Corrientes is a grandiose complex which attracts visitors’ eyes. Designed by artist Deborah di Veroli, the residential complex has been also called “four fingers” because of its irregular form. The building provides beautiful gardens, a park, a swimming pool and some entertainment areas. In 2004, the building’s exterior was colored in blue and white, imitating another building in Mar del Plata.

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.
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 tourists to this town to have an unforgettable experience.

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
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 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

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.