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Framed by Rodo Park, Rambla Costanera and Pocitos, the Punta Carretas neighborhood is located, an exclusive area with high-class buildings, the mythical Golf Club and some of the most privileged views of Montevideo. The gastronomic proposal and the offer of varied services abound in a neighborhood that despite its continuous renovation still conserves old buildings in a perfect state of maintenance, and accentuates the contrast between modern and classic.
Punta Carretas was named because of the conjugation of the appointments that the area obtained in the 1870s, the sailors called it “Zona de las Carretas”, because of how it looked from the sea, and those who did not embark knew it as “Punta Brava” “For being an area where many shipwrecks occurred. The combination of these appointments resulted in “Punta Carretas”. These shipwrecks were the cause of the creation of the Punta Carretas Lighthouse, known at the time as “La Farola” or “Faro de Punta Brava”. Beyond the function that the Lighthouse fulfills, nowadays it is also a tourist walk, since it allows those who walk to enjoy the viewpoint that it has, where it has the best panoramic view of the area, transforming into an unforgettable walk for those who walk the Uruguay.
Although today it is one of the most residential neighborhoods, with an enviable architectural layout, the development of the area is very close in time. In its beginnings it was seen as a marginal zone, where only fishermen and washerwomen visited. Later in time, at the beginning of the 20th century, the penitentiary complex called “Penal de Punta Carretas” was inaugurated, which extended the vision of the neighborhood in time, since it slowed down the growth of the place. With the passage of time the city was absorbing the spaces that limited the jail, the construction arose, and together with the construction of the “Punta Carretas Shopping”, in the place where the “Penal de Punta Carretas” had been installed, the area It began to be what it is today, one of the best neighborhoods in Montevideo to live or visit. From that moment, investments began to grow exponentially in the neighborhood, the high buildings that flourished in the area are increasingly valued, and the supply of services grew at a dizzying pace.
The Golf Club deserves a special distinction, since in the middle of a neighborhood where high constructions abound and an accelerated rhythm of life, there is a historical monument of Montevideo, an extremely well-kept park, where a green lawn abounds that relaxes the view of those who see it from the heights of Punta Carretas. The mythical Rambla neighborhood is one of the favorite walks for those who visit the area, as well as the Villa Biarritz Park, another green lung of the area. This park houses one of the oldest and classic fairs of the city, another of the favorite walks of residents and visitors of the area.
Faro de Punta Brava: Dirección: Rambla Mahatma Gandhi esq. MJ Errazquin.
Parroquia de Punta Carretas: Dirección: José Ellaurí y Solano García
Club De Golf del Uruguay: Tel.: 27101721 Direccion: Bulevar Gral. Artigas 379
Museo Zorrilla: Tel.: 2710 8992 Dirección: José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín 96