Buenos Aires is divided into 48 barrios, or neighbourhoods. Each of these has its own unique flavour and attractions to offer. In the barrio of San Telmo, you can discover some of the country’s history and admire grand colonial-era houses. Cobbled streets, antique shops and the atmospheric café Bar Plaza Dorrego give this old neighbourhood its nostalgic appeal.
The downtown Microcentro barrio is home to many attractions worth visiting when you travel to Buenos Aires, including the Casa Rosada, where the president of Argentina holds office. The Palacio Barolo, commissioned by Italian migrant and entrepreneur Luis Barolo, was built in the late 1800s. One of Argentina’s tallest buildings, it offers a panoramic city view, and its design is said to have been inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The most famous reference point in Buenos Aires is the Obelisk, a monument made up of Cordoba white stone.
La Boca is another popular barrio, and a definitive representation of the city’s lively attitude towards art. The neighbourhood is known for its brightly painted houses, as well as being the home of Argentina’s famous football club, Boca Juniors. Anyone interested in Argentinean history should visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta. The cemetery is the final resting place of several famous figures, including Eva (Evita) Peron.