Though it was founded just over a century ago in 1874, Viña del Mar is a must-see for tourists visiting Chile. Located just north of Valparaíso, the “Garden City,” as it is known, offers great beaches for swimming and practicing water sports, hotels to suit any budget, delicious local seafood, buildings the recall the city’s heritage and the continent’s best music festival.
Viña’s urban infrastructure has been designed to meet the needs of the thousands of tourists who flock here each summer. If you feel like walking around, start at the Plaza Vergara on Av. Valparaíso, just 200 meters west of the bus terminal. This is the beginning of the downtown area, which runs from the intersection of Av. Valparaíso and Av. Libertad across the Marga Marga Canal.
If this is your first visit, be sure to visit the casino, one of Chile’s most traditional gaming houses. It is located at the end of Av. Perú, the pedestrian mall that runs along the waterfront up to one of the city’s most well known attractions: Acapulco Beach, which is surrounded by enormous apartment buildings. Nearby Muelle Vergara is known for the antique loading cranes that flank the pier. If waves and being part of the “in” crowd are what you fancy, visit Reñaca Beach a few kilometers north, where you will find a multitude of choices for eating and shopping.
Other local attractions include the Flower Clock in front of Caleta Abarca and the Quinta Vergara (Calle Errázuriz and Eduardo Grove), a mansion that was home to the city’s founding family. The property has since been converted into a magnificent art museum and the open-air concert venue that hosts the city’s annual music festival. Looking for more? Take in the Fonck Museum, Botanical Gardens or the Sports Club (try to go on Derby day if you happen to be there during the summer), or just let yourself be seduced by the endless waves of the Pacific Ocean.
|Intercity Transportation||Tourism Agencies|
|Coastal Viña del Mar||Pablo Neruda’s Beach House|
|Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción||La Sebastiana|
|La Campana National Park||Architectural Heritage in Viña del Mar|
|Plaza Sotomayor||The Architecture of Chile’s Main Port|
|Elevators and Viewpoints|