Getting to Know: Mar del Plata

Continuing on with our ‘Getting to Know‘ blog series where we explore some of the fantastic locations from our South American roots, this week we’re taking you to Mar del Plata.

Summer is officially over and the cold weather is soon to come, but spring has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere so let’s get to know this popular summer destination a bit more.

About Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is located in the Buenos Aires Province, along the South-east coast. it’s the second largest city in the province (right after Buenos Aires city), and is actually the seventh largest city in the whole of Argentina.

A misty morning in the city (Image credit - Infobae)

A misty morning in the city (Image credit – Infobae)

The English name for this great location means ‘Sea of the Plate Region’, as it lies on part of the region where the rivers drain into the sea. Due to its location, it’s also one of the biggest fishing ports in Argentina – fresh fish is never very far away here.

With a total population of over 600 thousand, even on the busiest of days it’s never too overwhelming and many tourists are quite comfortable with the hustle and bustle.

Weather

During the summer months (December to February), the weather heats up nicely, with an average temperature of 20°C, but it can drop very drastically in the winter. This is especially apparent with the strong winds that often blow through at this time of year, bringing the temperature down to a freezing 0°C.

Things to do

Beach Days

The most popular thing to do in Mar del Plata is to visit its famous beach. It’s actually the biggest seaside beach resort in the whole of Argentina, which is no small feat. During the summer, residents and tourists both flood the beach to soak in the sun, followed by a dip in the sea to cool off. It can get very busy during peak times, so it’s best to get there early for a good spot.

The sun setting over one of the fantastic beaches (Image credit - Infobae)

The sun setting over one of the fantastic beaches (Image credit – Infobae)

Film Festival

Surprisingly, this coastal city is home to the only accredited film festival in the whole of Latin America. Created in 1954, this unique festival runs annually in spring/summer.

The main festival stage (Image credit - Mar del Plata Film fest)

The main festival stage (Image credit – Mar del Plata Film Fest)

It’s the perfect opportunity to see some incredible films from up-and-coming actors and actresses alongside famous names, and to join in the discussion with many other enthusiasts.

It’s become quite the large event in recent years, with thousands of people turning up both to critique and also for simple entertainment.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

In Argentina, many people are fascinated by art – it seems like there’s a gallery in every city and Mar del plata is no different. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAR) is an icon within the city featuring lots of interesting contemporary art such as pop art, sculptures and many pieces by various Argentinian artists.

Inaugurated in 2013 it’s a relatively new museum, with a striking brutalist design. Solid blocks of concrete line the outside of the building, giving it a very modern appearance with its sea-facing position in the city.

The unique concrete structure (Image credit - Albano Garcia)

The unique concrete structure (Image credit – Albano Garcia)

The most popular piece of art is by Marta Minujín, a giant sea lion sculpture located outside, which is actually made from golden alfajor wrappers!

The shimmering sea lion (Image credit - Marta Minujín)

The shimmering sea lion (Image credit – Marta Minujín)

Whether you’re an art fanatic or simply want to see what it’s all about, there’s sure to be something for everyone within this museum.

Food

You can’t truly enjoy a good holiday without some great food. Thankfully, Mar del Plata is full of food, with a big focus on seafood in many restaurants due to its coastal location. It’s easy for many places to source fresh, high-quality seafood, so you can expect it to taste amazing.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Mar del Plata is very famous for its alfajores and churros – two Argentinian classics that are very much enjoyed by the locals here, and have become a must-try for any tourist visiting the city. If you’ve never tried these amazing treats, both are available on our Bar Food Menu.

Our delicious churros

Our delicious churros

 

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