Buenos Aires is often described as the ‘Paris of South America’, and walking down its wide, tree-lined avenues it’s not hard to see why.
The city’s buildings are a study in Art Deco elegance, running along airy boulevards that culminate in lush, green parks and classical plazas. But that’s just one side to Buenos Aires, a city with 48 contrasting neighbourhoods, each more different than the next. Buenos Aires holidays can unveil all the city’s many facets, from cosmopolitan restaurants and boutiques to rustic flea markets and tango halls that vibrate to the sound of heels clacking on wooden floors. Recent developments to its centre have brought in a wave of stylish hotels, to suit all budgets and styles.
At the heart of the city, you’ll find Recoleta, where the most classical architecture graces the streets. This stylish area has always been sought-after as the best address in the city, and many of the best hotels can be found here. Buenos Aires holidays to Recoleta would be remiss without a stop at the famous cemetery that shares its name. Here Eva Peron was laid to rest and you can walk among the mausoleums of the city’s great and famous; it’s worth taking a tour of the vast cemetery to appreciate the incredibly grand design to the full, as its spires and statues resemble a city within a city.
We recommend timing your stay to enjoy the Sunday markets of San Telmo, where you can shop for traditional wares along cobbled streets and admire the faded grandeur of the European-style buildings. Colourful La Boca makes for a fun afternoon, particularly for photographers who will be enchanted by the vibrant buildings – it’s also home to some of the city’s most renowned tango bars and dance halls.
The more modern side of Buenos Aires can be found in Puerto Madero, the city’s marina which has been transformed by luxury hotels and restaurants. The neighbourhood of Palermo, divided into Soho and Hollywood, is full of excellent museums, parks and bars and is where Porteños spend leisurely weekends.