Hidden away in the subtropical islands of the Rio Parana, Rosario blends relaxed river vibes with an upbeat urban centre. Argentina’s third largest city, Rosario’s homegrown icons include soccer star Lionel Messi and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. An array of galleries and monuments showcase Argentina’s rich cultural tapestry, while local delicacies are sure to delight any foodie.
Things to do in Rosario
While the Parana River was once home to warehouses and railway yards, today it’s 15 kilometre Costanera stretch is the perfect place for a stroll. It’s lined with laid-back restaurants, serving local river fish and Argentinian wine.
Rosario’s tree lined avenues boast all the grandeur of Buenos Aires, without the crowds. Hit the cobble streets for a self-guided tour and stop by the Museo Histórico Provincial for a culture fix. When the sun goes down, Rosario hums with energy. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, because the city is packed full of tango bars.
Built to honour the creator of the Argentine flag, you can’t miss the imposing Monumento Nacional a la Bandera. The monolithic obelisk is a fascinating slice of history and nationalism that can only be rivalled by the view you get from the top.
The Rio Parana Upper Delta is dotted with subtropical islands, which are bound to enchant beach lovers. Mostly uninhabited, you can explore the islands by kayak, catamaran or boat.
Getting around Rosario
At 300 kilometres north-east of Buenos Aires, Rosario is a four-hour bus ride or quick plane trip away. Alternatively, you can choose from the fast train or less expensive slow train. Once in town, local buses will get you from A to B, or you can rent a well-equipped town bike and tour the city on two wheels.