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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

Best Intro Tours from Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires

Travel Tips for Buenos Aires
Best Intro Tours from Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’ fashionable northern hood, Barrio Norte, is considered by locals to be the ideal corner of the city to live in. Who would ever argue? All you need to do is spend a few days discovering every nook and cranny of this fashionable hood and you too will be totally hooked. Between the grand architecture, trendy boutiques, art galleries, cutting-edge shops and fine restaurants and cafes, you’ll be mistaken for thinking you’ve accidently landed in Paris instead! Being so close from Buenos Aires Downtown makes Barrio Norte also an extremely good base for tourists, who can sightsee around the city by day, and enjoy relaxing dining and strolling along the safest streets in the city by night. Discovering Buenos Aires, and experiencing all it has to offer, can seem a bit daunting to the first-time visitor. The city is sprawling, has a less-than-stellar reputation for annoyances and, let’s be honest, is not one of the best English-speaking countries in the world. Want to make your introduction to the city a painless one? Then we suggest you book your holiday rental apartment in Barrio Norte and take advantage of the following fantastic introductory tours of Buenos Aires. Get these under your ...

Exploring the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires

Travel Tips for Area: Microcentro
Exploring the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires

The Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires is the geographical and political focal point of the city. Named after the May, 1810 revolution that led to the country’s independence from Spain, the city’s grandest avenues and boulevards span out from it, and flanking the plaza’s landscaped, green centre are the seats of the country’s power, both past and present. The Plaza de Mayo is the scene of the country’s greatest and not-so greatest moments, and most days you’ll find a group of protesters here, exercising their right to be heard at the heart of the nation. Most famously, Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo have been keeping vigil here for over 30 years in an epic, and widely praised attempt to track down and identify children who disappeared’ during the 1976-1982 dictatorship. (They can be seen wearing their familiar white shawls every Thursday afternoon). On approach to the Plaza de Mayo, eyes are immediately drawn to the Italianate Casa Rosada (or the ‘pink house’), the offices of the president and museum containing a vast array of artefacts on the city’s history. (It was the from the casa’s grand balcony that Evita Perón made her famous farewell speech, immortalised in the ...

Discovering San Telmo in Buenos Aires

Travel Tips for Area: San Telmo
Discovering San Telmo in Buenos Aires

Even if you are not staying in the beautiful barrio of San Telmo in Buenos Aires, you should put aside a day or two to visit it. San Telmo defines the colourful, romantic character of colonial Argentina, with cobble-stoned streets, wrought-iron balconies and the seductive sounds of the tango wafting through the doors of old world cafes. San Telmo is Buenos Aires oldest neighbourhood, first inhabited by wealthy colonists. An outbreak of yellow fever sent them packing in the late 19th century to the neighbourhoods north of the city, leaving San Telmo to immigrants and working class, a melting pot of cultures that is still strongly felt today. Over the past decade San Telmo has been rediscovered by the Bohemian crowd, with galleries, chic bars and designer-run boutiques operating out of the old tenement housing. The lovely Plaza Dorrego lies at the heart of San Telmo. Here you’ll find nostalgic tango bars and cafes that look like they have stepped out of a silent film. Market and second hand junkies should make a bee-line here, as you’ll find the city’s most eclectic antique stores and a rambling flea market in Sundays, The covered Mercado de San Telmo dates from the 1890s, and ...

The Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires

Travel Tips for Area: Recoleta
The Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires

It may seem strange to cite a cemetery as a ‘must see’ on your trip to Buenos Aires. Yet no other necropolis is quite like the Cementerio de La Recoleta, nor tells quite as much of a country’s history. The sprawling Cementerio de La Recoleta holds the ornately carved tombs, chapels and mausoleums of Argentina’s upper classes, from presidents to generals, influential writers, journalists and Eva Duarte de Perón, or ‘Evita.’ It wasn’t always this way. The cemetery started as a simple burial place for slaves and the proletariat, but as the Buenos Aires ruling classes moved northwards away from the Plata River, Recoleta became (and still is) one of the city’s most fashionable addresses, for both the living and the dead. Tombs in the labyrinth-like streets in the Cementerio de La Recoleta reflect the wealth of its surroundings, with grandiose vaults and temples, faux pyramids and beautifully carved statuary from the art nouveau period, when funerary art was at its peak. In 1881 an imposing Doric-columned entrance was added, providing a dramatic threshold to the cemetery. Today many people come to pay respects to the important figures that are laid to rest here. Unsurprisingly, the tomb of Eva ...

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