Famously known as the birthplace of the legendary Che Guevara and Lionel Messi, Rosario is an important river port that keeps regenerating its city centre to accommodate the growing number of tourists. With the early 20th-century buildings along with ugly apartments and modern galleries and restaurants, Rosario has a comfortable and down to earth atmosphere. Are you thinking about Rosario for your summer holiday? Here are the 10 best things to do in Rosario in summer.
1. A meeting with God at Catedral Basílica Santuario
Every time I’m about to visit a church as a tourist destination, those words keep resounding in my ear. A meeting with God, because that’s what people do when they go to church.
Catedral Basílica Santuario is located at Plaza 25 de Mayo, the oldest part of the city with many other historical buildings. You will find the municipal building and central post office at the same area. The cathedral is dated back from the late 19th-century with stained glass windows that portray the history of the city.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
Address: Buenos Aires 789, S2000CEB Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
2. Honoring the brave at Entre Ríos 480
Entre Ríos 480 is just a neo-classical building like the rest of the neighbors. But what makes it special is this is the birthplace of the legendary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. If you are fans of Che Guevara, this building is something that you don’t want to miss.
Please take note that the building is owned privately, so visitors cannot enter. But you are able to take a photo from outside the house, many tourists do that.
The Che Trail
Website: The Che Trail
3. Monumento Nacional a la Bandera
Not only famous with Che Guevara and Lionel Messi, Rosario’s also famous as the birthplace of the Argentinian flag. So the National Flag Monument was built as a memorial to the creator of the flag, Manuel Belgrano.
The tower section of the monument is open to visitors. You can go up to the top and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of Rosario. It’s definitely worth a visit!
National Flag Memorial
Address: Sta Fe 581, 2000 Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: National Flag Memorial
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4. Picnic day at the Parque Urquiza
Grab your picnic and head out to Parque Urquiza, the waterfront park nearby the flag monument. You can also enjoy some churros from a nearby vendor. There’s an amphitheater where occasional performers play and an astronomical observatory within the park. There’s a playground for children, and lots of bars and restaurants too.
Or you can spend time there like the Argentinians do. Sipping mate (pronounce: ma-te), the traditional, hot, tea-like drink, and you drink it with a metal straw and share with all your friends. It’s not a drink for everyone; I don’t like it, but it’s worth a try.
The Parque Urquiza
Address: Chacabuco, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
5. Explore the Paraná River and its delta
Get out on the water for the day and explore the Paraná River and its delta. It’s the second longest in South America after the Amazon, it’s the pride of Rosarinos too.
Rent a kayak and paddle around the city’s waterfront and sandy beaches. You can also take a motorboat tour or a cruise to explore the canals and delta. Maybe stop by for a lunch picnic on one of its island.
Kayak Rental & Trips in Rosario, Argentina
6. Let’s go to the beach! Catalunya and La Florida Beaches
Surprisingly, the northern part of Rosario River is a sandy beach zone. Enjoy bathing under the sun and take a quick dip in the river. The river water color is brown, but it comes from silt rather than pollution. So it’s safe to swim there.
After that, head out to the wide range of restaurants that serve freshly caught fish. An amazing way to spend a day on the beach!
Balneario La Florida
Address: Av. Eudoro Carrasco 2035, S2005NVA Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
7. Enjoy the beauty of Isla Espinillo
Visit the lively Isla Espinillo, one of the islands in the Paraná River that have been turned into parks. You can enjoy some water sports, such as jet skiing and windsurfing. You can also enjoy many restaurants and bars while exploring the island.
You can take a ferry across to the islands from the Estación Fluvial (ferry station). Or you can also book a boat tour if you want to explore more than just Isla Espinillo.
Boating Tours in Rosario
Website: Boating Tours in Rosario
8. Museo Histórico Provincial
For the history lovers, Museo Histórico Provincial is a must visit. It is located right in the middle of the Parque Independencia and it’s a home to indigenous artifacts to post-colonial religious displays.
It also displays the mate related items. As mentioned earlier, mate is a traditional drink in Argentina. It’s interesting to know that they even have a section in a museum about their traditional drink.
Dr. Julio Marc Provincial Historical Museum
Address: Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
9. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
Rosario is becoming more and more famous among the young Argentinian local artists. Rosario’s Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as MACRO, is the ten floor home of many modern artwork, primarily by young local artists.
The building used to be a grain silo, and at the top of the building there is a viewing area, where you will see great views of the river and the city.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Rosario
Address: Av. de la costa Estanislao López 2250, 2000 Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
10. Enjoy the show at Teatro El Círculo
Teatro El Círculo was built in 1904 and was then renovated in 2014 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. It’s a cultural centre where many international performers from rock bands to operas perform at the theatre stage.
If there are no shows that you can attend, you are still able to take a guided tour of this elegant theatre, which includes a peek at the backstage area.
Teatro El Círculo
Address: Laprida 1223, S2000CFO Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Teatro El Círculo (in Spanish)
Rosario, now and then
It’s the centre of some great history and also the centre of the contemporary culture among the youngsters. Rosario will continue to innovate while the down to earth way of the Rosarino life remains the same.
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