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A charming and lively town that was originally founded by Portuguese settlers arriving from Brazil in 1680, Colonia’s old town is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colonia del Sacramento, UruguayThe town was originally used as a smuggling staging post, but today its trim colonial center, with narrow, cobbled streets and fine architecture, is a sophisticated place to explore. The small historic center has nine small museums, which can be visited with only one entrance ticket, as well as many good quality restaurants.

Visitors can go up to the top of the town's lighthouse for great views across the town and the Rio de la Plata.

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    Accommodation choices for Colonia del Sacramento

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Colonia del Sacramento. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Charco, Colonia del Sacramento



      With only seven rooms, Charco is the perfect boutique option, well located for exploring Colonia del Sacramento old town and the River Plata. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities, with river views from the onsite restaurant and outdoor patio area.

    • Hotel Plaza Mayor Colonia, Colonia del Sacramento

      Hotel Plaza Mayor Colonia


      A friendly little hotel with lots of character and a great location, Hotel Plaza Mayor Colonia is an ideal base from which to explore Colonia del Sacramento.