This vibrant Latin American capital is a glorious blend of heady South America and elegant Europe. It is a city where locals tango in the streets beneath stunning Spanish colonial architecture and afternoon siestas prepare residents for non-stop nights of sundowners and sunsets.
The city is made up of many districts from colourful La Boca and colonial, cobbled San Telmo with iron lantern-strewn streets and rowdy flea markets; to luxurious Recoleta with its chic French architecture, Microcentro with its dazzling array of shops, and the cool bars, hip boutiques and bookstores of Palermo. With its green parks and botanic gardens, Palermo is also the place to escape from the frenetic side of Buenos Aires.
Pretty squares make sipping wine and people watching a pleasure as the succulent aroma of locally reared steaks fill the air. Hidden gems are all over this city from the breathtaking tombstones of Recoleta Cemetery to the sultry and passionate Milongas – local tango clubs nestled among the city’s winding, narrow streets.
Plaza de Mayo has the wow factor with stunning churches and the presidential offices. Those who dream of cowboys and wide open spaces can learn the art of being a gaucho with horse riding and traditional dances of the day. Adrenalin junkies can skydive over the vast skyscraping panorama of Buenos Aires while food and wine tours are perfect for budding gastronomes.
The Teatro Colo, Museo de Arte Latin Americano de Buenos Aires and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes are wonderful places to explore the history and arts that the city has to offer. With a huge street art scene, a tour of the city’s best street art locations is also well worth taking.
Whatever side of Buenos Aires you want to experience, it is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cities on the planet.
The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport is located just 13 miles from the city centre. It is easy to reach by car in around 45 minutes. Private bus company Manual Tienda Leon run regular services from the airport that reach the city centre of Buenos Aires in an hour but there are also public services 394, 502, 51 and the 8 that operate frequent services from the airport into the city. Taxis are also available for hire outside the arrivals hall.
What you need to know
Currency: The Peso
Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Argentina however a passport valid for three months beyond the departure date is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The legal age for purchasing and consuming alcohol in Argentina is 18 and a smoking ban in in place in all indoor public places. This includes bars, cafes, restaurants, workplaces, public transport and hotels.
Best Time to Visit
The winter is June to August in Buenos Aires but even then it is still mild in comparison to the UK. The rest of the year is hot and humid, particularly from December to January which is the country’s summer. It is best to avoid these hottest months. The best time to go is March or April where temperatures are still far above the UK average but cool enough to walk around the city comfortably.
February in Buenos Aires bring with it the Tango Festival with over 100 performances over the month. The international Festival of Independent Cinema in and Book Festivals kick off April while October’s Festival of Guitars shows the quirky side of Buenos Aires.
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