Updated on August 23, 2010
La Rambla, Montevideo, Uruguay
Virtually every Uruguayan city on the coast has a place called La Rambla. It is the strip along the beach used for gathering, walking, and sipping mate. In Uruguay homes and resorts are generally built back from the beach to leave plenty of this public space.
Our friend Rick pointed out that all Uruguayan cities have been built embracing the sea. Everything is built around this waterfront area. It is the place that Uruguayans go to on their weekend to be with family and friends.
La Rambla in Montevideo stretches 13.6 miles along the coast and is made of enormous blocks of red granite. Granite was the material of choice for many projects in Uruguay’s past until it was realized just how much it could be sold for in foreign lands. Many of the sidewalks in Montevideo are also made of large granite blocks of varying size.
The water here varies from brown to blue because Montevideo is located in the area that fresh water from the Rio de la Plata meets up with the South Atlantic. Because the water here is somewhat sheltered the water is much calmer than the open South Atlantic found on Uruguay’s eastern shores.
We were told that during the summer on any sunny Saturday or Sunday this place is packed with so many Montevideanos sipping mate that it becomes difficult to walk.
In the winter when we were visiting that was not a problem, but there were still quite a few people out enjoying the waterfront on any sunny days.
From our point of view as two people who have always loved the water, there is no place more beautiful than the seaside. The constant sound of crashing waves, moist salty air, and that endless horizon sets ones mind wandering over the ocean of endless possibilities.