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Mar del Plata Travel Guide

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Villa Victoria Cultural Center Villa Victoria Cultural Center

One of the sights more visited is Villa Victoria, at Matheu 1851, onetime was home of the writer Victoria Ocampo, in the 1920s and 1930s, this residence was the gathering place for some artists and intellectuals from around the world, including Jorge Luis Borges, the poet Gabriela Mistral, the novelist Rabindranath Tagore, the novelist Adolfo Bioy Casares and the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Now is the major Villa Victoria Cultural Center.

The Mar del Plata International Film Festival The Mar del Plata International Film Festival

It is a 'Category A' festival, along with festivals like Cannes, Berlin or Venice and the most prestigious film festival in South America, it takes place every year, during the month of March. Producers, exhibitors, distributors and journalists from all over the world meet there, contributing to the global promotion of the event and the films. The awards are given to: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Iberoamerican Film and the judge's special award, the awards were called, originally, Ombú, but in 2004, the name was changed to Ástor in honour to the great tango musician Ástor Piazzolla.

Museo del Mar Museo del Mar

Located at Avenida Colón 1114, the impressive Museum of the Sea is the new attraction of the city, it has the incredible and beautiful collection of seashells of Benjamín Sisterna(some 30,000 representing 3,300 different marine species from all over the world). Modern and didactic, the museum is arranged for visitors to understand and appreciate the collection, there are also aquariums, glass cabinets, a kind of submerged cave inhabited by sea organisms, and finally in the sky levels you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.

Museums mar del plata Museums

There are another two important public museums in Mar del Plata: the Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino, located Avenida Colón 1189, the museum shows paintings, sculptures, engravings, and photography by Argentine artists and the Museo Archivo Historico Municipal, located at Avenida Lamadrid 3870, shows a good collection of early 20th century photos of the Mar del Plata's history. There are also two private museums, the Juan Manuel Fangio museum and the museum of the tennis player Guillermo Vilas.

Iglesia Stella Maris Iglesia Stella Maris

The Stella Maris Chapel located at Brown 1054, is a temple with great architectural value, its a neo-Gothic building, display exquisite ornamentation details: a nut tree carved altar and a tower crowned by a cross made of brass. Its Sea Virgin, sculpted by a Rodin disciple, is the patron saint of anglers of Mar del Plata.

El paraiso zoo
"El Paraiso" Zoo

Located at Km 16.5, route 266, offers the possibility to see a wonderful collection of South American, domestic and exotic animals (lions, pumas, monkeys, llamas, and other animals) in open spaces that recreate their natural environments. It also works as a botanic garden, the wide variety of trees generate a special micro-climate where visitors have the feeling that they are crossing a natural forest. There are also children playground and recreational areas.

Mar del Plata Aquarium
Mar del Plata Aquarium

Built in 1997 and located at 5600 Martinez de Hoz Avenue. is one of the best aquarium in Argentina, offers a wide range of marine attractions (seals, dolphins, penquins, tortoises, flamingos, many kinds of fish), the seals and dolphins shows are the most popular. Additionally, there is a cinema which features great Large Format film experiences.

The Banquina de Pescadores
The Banquina de Pescadores

The Banquina de Pescadores, is located near the port, beyond Playa Grande and the Mar del Plata Golf Club, declared "National Heritage", is a picturesque wharf with many colored boats making a rainbow fleet where fishermen carry out their daily routine, there are also many restaurants and cafeterias, the multicolored fishing boats and the sea lions passing at the end of the day, are a very attractive subjects for photography.

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