San Antonio de Areco is a city full of attractions where everyone will feel most happy! Here are some tips to know what to see and what to do in San Antonio de Areco.
The old center
For those who love culture and History, the best way to start your visit is to go and see the main square called Ruiz de Arellano, home to the parish of San Antonio de Padua. You’ll get to know the story of how the first Spanish conquistadors, importing from Europe noble materials as wood and floor tile, began to build the city around 1730.
From 1885 when it was built, up to 1966 when the town decided to buy it, the town hall, right in front of the parish, is an old colonial mansion which belonged to one of the wealthiest families in town. Today you can visit it and admire its large interior patio, its period tiles, old well and wrought-iron grids.
Not far away is the Draghi museum with its jewelry and silverwork workshop, which opened in 1960. The exhibition hall, located under the dome of the house, shows an impressive collection of 19th century gauchesco objects, 100% pure silver. You will also admire a great number of facones and tiradores (traditional knives and gaucho belts), and pieces representing the typical gear of a gaucho’s horse : bridle, saddles, bits, or even stirrups made of silver. Today, scattered all over the town, more than thirty silversmiths still live out of that craft, sharing their skills with leather weavers (sogueros), natural wool weavers (tejedores), saddlers and ceramists. They will be most proud and happy to show you what they can make.
In the same way, still in association with the artistic “gaucho image”, the Las Lilas museum presents a selection of original paintings by Florencio Molina Campos (1891-1959). The watercolours first happened to get known through calendars that were published after the name of a brand of “Alpargatas” (a sort of sandals). They represent scenes of gaucho everyday life, into the Pampa. The museum also hosts various exhibitions of artistic expressions from pre-Columbian times to the present day.
The Ricardo Güiraldes Museum
On the outskirts of town, but very near it, you’ll be happy to walk across the very old bridge; Puente Viejo, built in 1857. It is the emblem of the town. On the other side of it is the famous Ricardo Güiraldes Gauchesco Museum. This state museum pays tribute to the emblematic traditional gaucho and to the famous Argentinian writer, novelist and poet Ricardo Güiraldes (1886-1927). Walking across the pulpería La Blanqueada and the six rooms of the museum, you will discover a great variety of objects evoking the life of Ricardo Güiraldes, but also the customs and habits of the gauchos.
To be noticed: the captions and explanations are only in Spanish.
Boliches & pulperias
In the very heart of the old town, you will love eating a well-deserved picada at Boliche de Bessonart, one of the most authentic pulperias in San Antonio de Areco. No doubt you will admire the architecture and decoration of that timeless place!
Los Principios and San Martin are also emblematic bars of the town, frequented by the countrymen and gauchos who meet there to share a beer and play cards.
Villages & Estancias nearby
Located all around San Antonio de Areco, the small picturesque villages Vagues, Duggan and Villa Lia are well-worth a visit too!
If you have time, don’t miss the opportunity to meet a real gaucho working in an Estancia. There are lots of them working in these huge farms all around the place. You might even be lucky enough to be given the opportunity to ride a criollo horse across the Pampa.
Whichever guided tour you may select (one or two days), our team will always be there for you to make you discover all the gorgeous places and treasures in the area!