Piriápolis is a coastal city located in Maldonado, Uruguay, an hour's drive east of the national capital, Montevideo. It is a summer resort in the country, predating the larger and more popular resort town of Punta del Este. Because of its resort status, it has a relatively small permanent population.
Piriápolis was founded in 1893
by Francisco Piria
and quickly became a successful beach resort. When Piria died, his natural and legal children started fighting each other over the inheritance. It was then that Punta del Este
became the new hot spot for tourism in Uruguay.
Places of interest
The city is centered around the Rambla de los Argentinos
, a waterfront promenade. With a tourism-centered economy, Piriápolis has opulent hotels
, large casinos
, an active nightlife
scene, and public parks
. The Templo de San Antonio, situated atop one of the hills surrounding the city, can be reached by chair lift and offers a panoramic view of the coast. For more adventurous travelers, Uruguay's third-highest point, the Cerro Pan de Azucar
, can be found 10 km outside of town. The peak presents a challenging climb as well as a nature reserve. Boat tours and saltwater fishing are available at the Piriápolis port.