Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Sensual and seductive, rowdy and raucous, passionate and political; Buenos Aires is the city that never sleeps, never bores and constantly beguiles. Porteños – people of the port – can be brash, and amongst men there is plenty of testosterone-fuelled bravado, but equally they are welcoming with a fabulous wicked streak. They eat late and lavishly, party hard all night, and have worked to bring the country out of the financial recession. Tango, football and beef are the definitive characteristics of Argentina, and all can be found in abundance, passionately indulged in amongst the bustling city streets of Buenos Aires.

Every barrio has a distinct personality nodding to different aspects of the country’s past. San Telmo, with its antique markets and traditional restaurants, is the heart of old aristocratic Buenos Aires, where tango originated, and to this day dancers still slide across the cobbled streets. Microcentro is commercial and modern, home to the financial district and high street shops, while neighbouring Monserrat has seen the nations trials and tribulations played out in the historic Plaza de Mayo since its founding in 1536. Retiro and Recoleta are all elegance and opulence, while in Palermo you’ll find the new Buenos Aires, where trends are tried and tested amongst the cutting-edge boutiques, overflowing bars, inventive eateries and café culture.

Argentina has always been considered the most European of South American countries – the Paris of the South – and while this is in part true, it has also transcended the comparison, becoming an entity unto its self to be a contender alongside Paris, Milan or London.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Argentina:
    40,091,613
  • Inhabitants in Buenos Aires:
    12,801,364
  • Official language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Argentinian peso (ARS)
  • Time zone
    UTC-3
  • Emergency number
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    +54
  • Country code
    AR
  • Local transportation
    Buses, metro, taxi