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San Antonio de Areco
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About San Antonio de Areco
San Antonio de Areco, which lies approximately 70 miles north west of Buenos Aires - in the heart of the Pampas - was founded in 1730 around the pretty church of San Antonio de Padua. It is a popular getaway from the capital either for a quick day trip or weekend escape. But what the town is best known for is its gaucho and criollo traditions and horses are very much part of life here. If you've come to embrace the cowboy lifestyle the best places to stay in San Antonio de Areco may well be on a ranch outside town but for experiencing this City of National Historic Interest you'll want a more central spot.
San Antonio, which sits on the Areco river, is probably most notable as the homeland of the fictional hero Don Legundo Sombra who is the central character of the eponymous novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, one of Argentina’s great wrtiters and poets. The book is a celebration of the Gaucho lifestyle and this theme very much encapsulates the feel of the city. There is even a Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Guiraldes!
The city is quite compact and thus easy to get around either on foot or by bicycle, and there are plenty of colonial architectural gems to be admired. For the more energetic this is a great place for horse riding, walking, cycling, rowing or carriage touring.
In November there is the Dia de la Tradicion - a celebration of all things ‘Gaucho’ and the highlight of the year in San Antonio de Areco. If you plan to visit for this, the best places to stay in San Antonio de Areco will be very busy, so get organised and book well ahead.
The best places to stay in San Antonio de Areco:
For luxury and seclusion
La Bamba de Areco is a very smart ranch property situated in a wonderfully secluded position. The rooms are colonial in style - all teak furniture and parquet flooring with french doors leading onto quiet terraces. The regional cuisine is served al fresco. Horse riding is very much de rigeur!
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La Bamba de Areco 11 rooms from $653San Antonio de Areco
A chic ranch property situated in a wonderfully secluded location. Colonial styled rooms have a grown-up feel with heavy teak furniture, dark parquet flooring and french doors opening onto quiet terraces. Regional cuisine is served in the outdoor dining area. A completely tranquil spot.Active Holiday - Resident horses at your beck-and-call and miles of countryside to explore.Riding - With beautiful horses kept at the hotel this is a horse-lovers dream.Sights nearby - Take a walk through the picturesque 18th century town of San Antonio de Areco.Restrictions on children - Over 12s are welcomed.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux