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Home from home in Argentina
By Kate Hopcraft
I am getting married next October and I would like to travel to Buenos Aires for my honeymoon. My fiancée is slightly hesitant as Argentina is so far away however I know she will be thrilled once we get there. Can you recommend some things to do while there to really make our honeymoon special and worth the journey?
Buenos Aires is very reminiscent of European cities like Madrid or Barcelona so I assure you that your fiancée will feel right at home once you touch down. A culturally diverse place, Argentina’s capital is filled with world class architecture and old world charm.
October is a great time to visit as it is right at the start of summer so you will benefit from warm days and cool sea breezes. You will never experience a dull moment in this wonderful city as there is so much to do.
For a romantic evening and to sample some of the city’s finest cuisine, head to a restaurant called Artemisia. They serve the famous Argentine steak or for vegetarians like me they have goat’s cheese and pumpkin salad or delicious tapenades with freshly baked bread. You might need to loosen your belt on leaving here! For something more casual, El Cuartito at Peurto Madero is great for pizza and pasta in a romantic setting.
Your fiancée may not like the idea of watching a football match on honeymoon but a visit to see the Boca Juniors football team play at their home ground La Bombonera is a must-see when visiting Buenos Aires.
If the team is playing local rivals, Club Atletico, you will be promised a boisterous and exhilarating experience. Football is a true passion for the Argentines and it is fascinating to see their loyalty and love for the game first hand.
The pedestrian area of Caminito is a few blocks from the football stadium and is made up of brightly coloured corrugated iron house structures. Restaurants and trinket shops crowd the streets whilst ‘tango-ing’ couples demonstrate their passion for tourist’s attention and their spare change. Tango is a must-see and Caminito is one of the best spots to experience it.
The Cementario de la Recoleta is one of the world’s oldest cemeteries, home to the graves of Eva Peron and County Mayo born Admiral William Brown, founder of the Argentinean navy. Take a trip here on a midweek morning when the area is quiet and you can truly appreciate the dozens of tombstones which line the labyrinth of passageways.
The areas of Palermo and Soho offer great retail therapy with many vintage boutiques, antique shops and stalls. Local leather brands can be bought here along with better known labels such as Diesel and Lacoste.
Where to stay:
Hotel Madero (*****)
Prices start from €151 per room per night on Hotels.com
Located in Peurto Madero, otherwise known as the cinema district of Buenos Aires, this hotel is close to the Boca Juniors stadium and the city harbour. There is a multitude of restaurants located close by with plenty of great bars. Guests can enjoy a treatment in the hotel spa or catch up on sightseeing in the vicinity.
The Glu Hotel Boutique (****)
Prices start from €147 per room per night on Hotels.com
Situated in the neighbourhood of Palermo and close to Plaza Serrano and the Botanic Gardens, lies the Glu Hotel Boutique. Guests can make use of the hotel spa or visit the nearby attractions of Plaza de los Congresos and the Estado Monumental.
Park Plaza Unique Hotel (****)
Prices start from 51 per room per night on Hotels.com
This hotel is located in Recoleta with the Plaza Libertad and Teatro Nacional Cervantes all within walking distance. The hotel cocktail bar serves a wide selection of refreshing cocktails and long drinks.