Flight and hotel Buenos Aires
City Breaks In Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentinia, is a sultry yet sophisticated city which mixes European glamour with Latin American energy. Palatial French and Italianate villas jostle with a vibrant street art scene in this diverse city. Home of steak and sumptuous dulche de leche ice cream, Buenos Aires is a feast for the senses. Come when the scented jacaranda trees are blooming or for the riotous carnival, for an extra special experience in the city. A highlight of package holidays in Buenos Aires is an evening spent at a pulse-racing dance school or tango show getting acquainted with the Argentinian national obsession. If Tango's not your thing, there are plenty of jazz and blues bars, plus late night clubs to keep you dancing until dawn. Buenos Aires is home to all that distinguishes Argentina in the imagination, Tango, football and lavish villas, not to mention world-class steak.
Before Booking A Flight And Hotel In Buenos Aires
It couldn't be easier to book a flight and hotel in Buenos Aires. Flights from Dublin to Buenos Aires run regularly, as do flights from Cork to Buenos Aires. The Argentine Peso is the local currency and while Spanish is helpful if you are planning a weekend in Buenos Aires, you will find most locals also speak English. Connections between the city and its airport are uncomplicated. Argentina is four hours behind Britain (GMT-4), so jet lag is minimal.
When Is The Best Time For A Weekend In Buenos Aires?
March through to May and September as well as November are the most pleasant times of year to visit Buenos Aires, combining lower temperatures with reduced visitor numbers. An impressive time to visit however is while the jacaranda trees are in bloom, which is during October and November. January is an especially quiet time in the city, since locals almost universally go on holiday. The city is still busy with international visitors however. The streets take on a festive air on the Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, during the city carnival.
What Is There To Do On City Breaks In Buenos Aires?
Tango at La Catedral, an edgy warehouse where the city's coolest cats wear out their dancing shoes. Eclectic artworks, dramatic lighting and a comfortable ambiance all contribute to making this the beginners' favourite destination. Alternatively you can experience a game at La Bombonera Stadium. Football is integral to Argentinian culture and you are certain to be swept along by the locals' enthusiasm for the sport. You can also tour the stadium for insights into the history and culture of Argentina's beloved game.
Glide about on in-line skates at the Bosques de Palermo, a park adorned with picturesque gazebos. There is also a sublimely scented rose garden and the Garden of the Poets. The park was once the private playground of dictator Jual Manuel de Rosas but happily it has been thrown open to the public since his overthrow in 1852. Celebrate Argentina's independence from Spain in the Plaza de Mayo. A white pyramid at the centre is a mustering point for national pride and protest.
What To See On Weekends In Buenos Aires
Amongst the city's varied attractions the following list contains many of the most popular:
- Check out the crypts at Buenos Aires' famous cemetery. It might seem a little morbid at first but the forest of elaborate monuments for Argentina's biggest stars is one of the city's top attractions. Cementerio de la Recoleta tells the story of the city through its presidents, politicians and soldiers.
- Marvel at the facade of Palacio Barolo. Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, the proportions of the building are inscribed with the cantos of the famous poem. The interior is also divided into hell, purgatory and heaven and the lighthouse atop the roof offers fantastic views over the city.
- The Casa Rosada stands out because of its bright pink colour. It was here that Eva Peron notoriously addressed the crowds and it is here that the current president resides. The jury is out as to the origin of its rose colour, though some say it was a reference to President Sarmiento's peace overtures of the 1860s (blending Federalist red with Unitarian white).