Stay near historic sites, beaches, and other top things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

The capital of Uruguay’s fertile Colonia region, Colonia del Sacramento is well placed for a variety of things to do, from touring nearby vineyards to relaxing on beaches along the Río de la Plata. You can stroll from your room or suite at the Radisson to the city’s picturesque Barrio Histórico, a UNESCO World Heritage site that features the oldest church in Uruguay. Explore the many small museums tucked inside centuries-old houses, and snap photos on the quaint cobblestone “Street of Sighs.” Minutes away, the family-run Arenas farm is home to the quirky Granja Colonia Museum and a rustic restaurant. In the mood for some big-city bustle? Drive about two hours to Montevideo or hop on a ferry to reach Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, in about an hour.

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Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

0.32 mi / 0.52 km from the hotel
Built in the 1850s atop the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Francisco, this lighthouse provides a stunning view of the entire city.

Barrio Histórico

0.23 mi / 0.37 km from the hotel
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this district is packed with charming cafés and storefronts featuring architecture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Be sure to bring your walking shoes so you can comfortably wander the cobblestone streets.

Basilica of the Holy Sacrament

0.19 mi / 0.3 km from the hotel
Visit the oldest church in the country, Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, which was constructed in the 1600s and reconstructed in 1810.

Granja Colonia Museum

6.59 mi / 10.61 km from the hotel
This eclectic attraction has the Guinness World Record for holding the most pencils, but you can also peruse the collections of perfume bottles, key chains, and ashtrays. Take home a jar of delicious jelly, which is sold in the on-site restaurant.

Los Cerros de San Juan

17.79 mi / 28.63 km from the hotel
Tour this winery and warehouse to taste white and red wines, each complemented by regional cheeses and cold-cut meats. Don’t miss a peek inside the stone cellar, which was erected in the mid-19th century.

Old City Gate

0.26 mi / 0.41 km from the hotel
This stone gate, which dates back to 1745 and features a wooden drawbridge, marks the beginning of Colonia’s Old Town.

Portuguese Museum

0.26 mi / 0.42 km from the hotel
Explore the exhibits at this small museum to get a sense of what daily life was like in Uruguay under Portuguese rule. You can view examples of architecture, furniture, and military uniforms.

Río de la Plata

0.02 mi / 0.03 km from the hotel
This vibrant river flows southeast into the Atlantic Ocean. Hop aboard a boat and cross the river to discover the city of Buenos Aires.