"Sea and hills ~ Mar y cerros" Top 5 Page for this destination Piriápolis by andal13

Piriápolis Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 114 photos

Piriápolis "was born" in 1890, when businessman Francisco Piria bought a lot of lands on the coast, 100 km away from Montevideo. He began the mining of granite quarries, and at early 20th century, when began the "spa boom", he began to build hotels; in 1920 was inaugurated the sea front.
Nowadays Piriápolis is a very popular spa: a lot of people spent their summers here, and the place has all kind of services, for kids and adults: hotels, restaurants, casino, discos, pubs, campings, shops... It has not got the glamour of Punta del Este (here you will never find a top model or paparazzi) but it is cheaper and if you want to meet the "show business", Punta del Este is quite close.
The beach of Piriápolis is not the best, but the adjoining beaches (Las Flores, Playa Verde, Playa Hermosa, Playa Grande, Punta Fría, San Francisco) are really great.
Between you and me, I do not like Piriápolis very much... especially during summertime... There are too many people!!!! The beach, the sea front, the restaurants, are always overcrowded. So why do build this page? BECAUSE I LOVE THE SURROUNDINGS!!! Not so far from the coast, there are several lonely hills, with awesome landscapes, and a great reservation of native fauna, and those are the places that I like!

Piriápolis "nació" en 1890, cuando el empresario Francisco Piria compró varios terrenos en la costa, a 100 km de Montevideo. Comenzó la explotación de canteras de granito, y a comienzos del siglo XX, cuando surgió la "moda" de los balnearios, comenzó a construir hoteles; en 1920 se inauguró la rambla costanera.
En la actualidad Piriápolis es un baleneario muy popular: mucha gente pasa sus veranos aquí, y el lugar tiene todo tipo de servicios, para niños y adultos: hoteles, restaurantes, casino, discos, pubs, campings, comercios... No tiene el glamour de Punta del Este (aquí nunca encontrarás una top model o un paparazzi) pero es más barato, y si quieres encontrarte con la "farándula", Punta del Este está bastante cerca.
La playa de Piriápolis no es la mejor, pero las playas vecinas (Las Flores, Playa Verde, Playa Hermosa, Playa Grande, Punta Fría, San Francisco) son realmente espectaculares.
Entre nosotros, Piriápolis no me gusta mucho, especialmente en verano... ¡Hay demasiada gente!!!! La playa, la rambla, los restaurantes, siempre están atestados. Entonces ¿por qué hago esta página? ¡PORQUE ME ENCANTAN LOS ALREDEDORES!!! No lejos de la costa, hay varios cerros solitarios, con paisajes impresionantes, y una gran reserva de fauna autóctona, y esos son los lugares que me gustan!

Pros and Cons
  • Cons:Crowds!!!
  • In a nutshell:More than just a beach ~ Mucho más que un balneario
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2003
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  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Nice photos and very useful information. So much to do so little time.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Hola Andrea, the information here is very useful. We´re currently in Montevideo and trying to decide where to go next. Piriapolis looks great, especially the surrounding hills.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2006 at 11:20 AM

    nice Homo Sapiens in the native Flora and Fauna ^..^ fantastic area so beautiful presented Andrea !!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2004 at 12:46 PM

    the mountains of Uruguay ... a 'century ago' ;-] Grand landscapes.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2004 at 1:57 PM

    An interesting page on this beachfront resort and surrounding area! When I looked at that Owl photo, I thought that it looked familiar. Sure enough, 'Bubo Virg.' is the same Great Horned Owl species that we have here!

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2004 at 6:37 PM

    MAldonado!!!Claro han donado el mal, pero no son capaces de dar un peso por el bien... (-; Saturau!

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2004 at 7:40 PM

    Great page!!! I want to visit your country someday=)))

  • Johnny_CA's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 4:04 PM

    Ah the innocent and intelligent owl. Reminds me, business idea, open up Hooters in S. America where top heavy waitresses serve fattening, fried and heart clogging food to you...

  • pili's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 3:08 PM

    Y pensar que yo creia que Piriapolis era solo playa! Me encanta tu página, como siempre, con mucho sentido del humor (te imagino corriendo atrás de tus alumnos para que no se te pierdan).-

  • dabuwan's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2003 at 11:36 AM

    I really enjoyed reading your page. Excellent! I just wonder what "Piriapolis" means...


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