The city, more precisely called CABA (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires), is the nation's capital and the main urban center of the country. Due to its similarities in architecture, culture, and society, it is sometimes compared to Paris. This resemblance may be caused by a significant presence of immigrants from Europe. In addition, those in power in Buenos Aires for many years used to have Europe as a role model. For example, the similarity in terms of buildings and cultural sites is physically noticeable. Another notable influence of European culture is the existence of countless cafes. There are many of them that acquired particular importance for their antiquity and conservation over the years. Since the city is 203 km on the surface, it can be a little challenging for visitors to view all the sights, therefore we will focus on the most significant ones here.
Recoleta neighborhood is the most elegant district of the city for its buildings. The area stands out for its excellent architecture, the aristocratic character of its residences and palaces, and its splendid squares. It also contains a very well-known cemetery, famous for its impressive tombs and for being the final resting place of several famous personalities, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Here you will find works by El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Chagall, and Picasso, as well as Argentinian painters, such as Pueyrredón, Quinquela Martín, Xul Solar, and Berni. In the area is also the Ateneo Grand Splendid Library. It holds several records: it is the biggest bookstore in South America, was named the second-best bookstore in the world by the British daily The Guardian, and was named the most beautiful by the American magazine National Geographic.
But in addition to Recoleta, Buenos Aires offers other incredible neighborhoods, each with its own particular charm. La Boca is known for its colorful houses and the famous football stadium Boca Juniors, La Bombonera. In addition, the neighborhood of San Telmo is renowned for its colonial architecture and the Palermo neighborhood is an elegant and modern area of the city, full of trendy restaurants and shops. Furthermore, Puerto Madero perfectly combines the old and the modern. The river offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that contrasts with the hustle and bustle of traffic just a few blocks away. Crossing the river, flanked by skyscrapers, you will find beautiful parks and quiet streets that make this neighborhood a unique destination in a city as busy as Buenos Aires. The restaurants, bars, and nightclubs of the pier make it one of the most popular places to go out at night and have come to symbolize this area. Puerto Madero impresses even more when night falls.
Buenos Aires' architecture contains European influences, as we've already mentioned. The Colon Theater, renowned for its architectural features and amazing acoustics, is one of its crown jewels. Along with La Scala in Milan, the Opéra Garnier in Paris, and the Royal Opera House in London, it is regarded as one of the top opera houses in the world. Moreover, the city includes a variety of palaces. Paz Palace (also known as Palacio Retiro) was the largest and one of the most luxurious residences in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the immense residence stand out mainly in luxurious environments, finely decorated and furnished. Barolo Palace is architecture inspired by poetry. It is the only building, monument, and historical heritage of the city of Buenos Aires, which is inspired by the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. It is divided into three parts, such as Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
We also have some natural places, for example, the Palermo Woods, the most emblematic green space of the city, which comprises 370 hectares. There are accessible access areas, which occupy the most significant portion of the Park, such as squares, walks, and the Rosedale. This is a garden of almost 4 hectares, featuring rose bushes of different shades of a lake, which is crossed through a bridge. In this area are also located the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, a location for the diffusion and study of scientific-astronomical knowledge, and the Japanese Garden, which provides tourists with a natural haven of peace in contrast to the bustle of the city.
As you can see, Buenos Aires offers a lot to see and do, as well as an internationally recognized gastronomy. Argentinian cuisine is famous for its quality and beef worldwide, but there is also a large variety of typical foods and dishes influenced by immigrants who settled in Argentina, especially Italians. Argentinian pasta, pizza, and ice cream are something worth trying. For that reason, we advise you to come to the city with enough time to taste the food, appreciate the architecture, and experience the cultural atmosphere.