If you want to discover the true vibes that lie beneath the surface of Argentina, book a flight to Buenos Aires with Qatar Airways. An exciting city of around three million people, the Argentinean capital is an urban hub filled with colourful restaurants and characters. Fly to Buenos Aires at the right time of year, and you might just catch one of the many festivals or cultural events which the city is famous for.
Buenos Aires is divided into 48 ‘barrios’, or neighbourhoods. Each of these has its own unique flavour and attractions to explore. In the barrio of San Telmo, you can discover some of the history of Buenos Aires and admire grand colonial-era houses. The downtown Microcento area is home to many of the must-see’s of a trip to Buenos Aires, including the Casa Rosada, the Palaciao Barolo and the Obelisco monument.
La Boca is another popular barrio that attracts visitors, and is known for its colour and energy, as well being the home of Argentina’s foremost football club, Boca Juniors.
Anyone interested in Argentinean history during their trip to Buenos Aires should visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta. The cemetery is the final resting place of several famous figures, including Eva ‘Evita’ Peron.
Argentina is renowned for its national dance, the tango. In Buenos Aires, there are many opportunities to experience the tango, whether you want to try it yourself or sit back and watch the best in the business strut their stuff. The Confitero Ideal is a particularly popular place to learn how to tango, and has been featured in a variety of movies.
Football is also feverishly popular in Argentina, and going to a game is a great way to discover the depths of the national obsession. If you want to get a look at the bigger picture during your trip to Buenos Aires, take a helicopter tour, or skydive out of a plane high above the city. For the holidaymaker seeking more relaxing experiences, there are plenty of golf courses and spas in and around the capital.
If Tango is the dance of Argentina, then Asado (a traditional type of barbecue) is its national dish. Buenos Aires is a steak-lover’s dream destination, and prime cuts of beef can be found throughout the many restaurants of Microcento, Palermo and Recoleta.
Argentina’s Spanish colonial past and a substantial influx of Italian immigrants since the 19th century means that it has a richly varied cuisine. Needless to say, pizza, pasta and paella are well represented alongside the many succulent grilled meats on offer.
Travel to Buenos Aires and you’ll find a range of shopping options available to you. On Florida Street, there are many tourist-orientated shops where you can pick up souvenirs of your Argentinean holiday, from Gaucho-inspired gourds and clothes, to tango shoes and ponchos.
If you’re travelling to Buenos Aires for a more authentic shopping experience, then take a look at some of the traditional craft and artisanal markets in Palermo, San Telmo and San Fernando.
Flights to Buenos Aires land at Ezeiza International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Buenos Aires please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / I
International dialing code: +54
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