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Piriápolis Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 114 photos

Beach town

Piriapolis is a small, laid-back, beach town between Montevideo and Punta del Este.
It is about 60 miles east of the Montevideo the airport but only 15 miles west of the Punta del Este airport..
I actually had never heard of it until someone online suggested an apartment there.

The town has three hills and several beaches. There is also a lot of history here.
Francisco Piria bought ranch land that covered this whole area, in 1890. It was his vision to build a seaside resort.

Like all Uruguay beach towns, it is crowded during the summer months but very quiet the rest of the year. It has very mild temperatures so between April and November is a good time to visit.

Argentino Hotel and Casino

When this hotel was built in 1920, it was the largest and plushest in all of South America.
It is still a grand hotel and a very interesting place to browse through.
You can also stay there, it is open all year round. The casino opens at 3pm daily.

Castle of Piria

Piria's Castle was where the city founder lived in his later days. It was built in 1897, a few miles away from the town of Piriapolis. The town can be seen from the balconies though. The Castle is open to the public daily except Monday. It is furnished with Italian furniture, objects of interest, and old photos.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful beaches
  • In a nutshell:More to see than just beaches
  • Last visit to Piriápolis: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    What a beautiful area with plenty to see and do. Loved The Eagle, Both castles are beautiful. The Rambla, the beach, hotel/casino...all quite lovely.Good "find" on the apartment. Glad you were able to do your beloved bird watching too.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Great tips Kay = San Antonio Hill looks awesome & worth the walk Your bull statue looks great so refreshing & your accommodation just right!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    What a wonderful place. Eagle mansion, El Toro statue, beautiful fountains and fabulous castles are some awesome tips. I always enjoy your pages.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2008 at 6:22 AM

    Looks like a lovely town with the added plus of the beautiful beach & water! Your apartment looked very nice--what a find!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 7:14 AM

    I'm so enjoying discovering Uraguay with you, Kaye. Thanks for sharing it with us. Does the Eagle qualify as a new bird for you? leyle

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 4:45 AM

    i am really liking your take on thgis country. you have found some right good stuff !

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:14 AM

    I hadn't known anything about Uruguay as a holiday destination until I started exploring your excellent pages. Thank you for sharing Kay :)

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    I wouldn't have expected Uruguay to look like this. It looks like you had a GREAT trip.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 7:06 AM

    This looks oddly out of place for South America, but definitely of interest to me!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:26 AM

    Kay, the statue of the Virgin on San Antonio hill resembles a similar statue on Cerro San Cristobal in Santiago,Chile...both are so beautiful!


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