Rosario is a city located on the banks of a river. Few cities in the world manage to combine such a comprehensive urban culture with a natural environment like the one offered by the Paraná Delta. Wild flora and fauna, river tours, sandy beaches and island bars by the river are all a step away. The sandy coasts across the river are ideal for enjoying that summer sun. They are just a few minutes away and can be accessed from the quays located in the city center (La Fluvial) and in the north of the city (Costa Alta). You can also enjoy the wide and traditional beach located on the waterfront in Rosario, La Florida.
Another alternative offered by the Paraná River and the streams of its delta is a boat ride; becoming immersed in the silence and nature of its islands makes a delightful contrast to the rhythm of the city.
Rosario’s parks are an essential part of the city tour, ideal for walks and bicycle rides. Together with emblematic landmarks such as Parque Independencia, highlights include the balconies overlooking the river along the downtown waterfront.
Further down the coast, you can make your way from Parque Urquiza to other green spaces such as Parque Nacional a la Bandera, Parque de España, Parque de las Colectividades and Parque Sunchales, which together form a 5-mile wander including everything from bars and restaurants, to museums, cultural centers and entertainment for young ones, as well as grass and trees, perfect for outdoor relaxation with a great view of the river.
In the heart of the city you can find the vast Parque Independencia, which offers an artificial lake with a dancing water show. To the north, you can find Parque Scalabrini Ortiz, as well as Parque Alem, located a little further along the river. To the south, you can find Parque Yrigoyen, with its Che Guevara monument.
A bit further along, you can find the many attractions offered by Bosque de los Constituyentes, with its walks and tracks among the trees, perfect for trekking, bike rides and bird-watching tours.
It is impossible to talk about Rosario without talking about Roberto Fontanarrosa, one of the most popular writers and cartoonists from Argentina whose work makes constant reference to his hometown. Known as “El Negro,” Fontanarrosa, who died in 2007, would often meet his friends at a downtown bar called El Cairo that is immortalized in many of his stories. Recently renovated, El Cairo has been around for over seventy years. It is not only a bar and restaurant, but also a venue for jazz concerts and temple of sorts for those who loved, and still love, “El Negro” and his work. Fontanarrosa was so beloved in Rosario that the city’s cultural center took his name in 2011.
Another essential cultural spot is the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO). Located in the former dock area, the museum opened to the public in 2004. It houses one of the largest collections of Argentine modern art in the country, with works by figures of the stature of León Ferrari and Marta Minujín.
Many people do not know that the mythical Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born in Rosario. The apartment at 480 Entre Ríos Street where he lived until the age of four is still there, though unfortunately it is private property and not open to the public.
Rosario has three main restaurant areas, each one of them with its own identity and characteristics. Located in different tourist areas, the city’s gastronomic offer reflects the variety of the local cuisine.
Paseo Pellegrini is located in the city center, on one of the main roads in the city. This traditional street brings together a score of bars and restaurants. It has become a meeting place for friends, couples and family to come together.
Mercado Pichincha is a market that combines 40 food, design and antique venues, art galleries, and designer clothing. Delimited by Urquiza street, Vera Mujica street, Bv. Oroño and the Paraná River, it is located within the Pichincha neighborhood, which has its origins in the Rosario of trains, ports and brothels of the late 19th century.
Sabores de la Costa is located in the north of the city and extends from Parque Alem to the foot of the Rosario-Victoria bridge. It offers a great number of bars and restaurants to relax by the Paraná river. Over the summer, it hosts a great number of events and activities, turning into the heart of the summertime scene.
The identity of Rosario’s cuisine is based on its freshwater fish dishes. Traditional barbecues are also a highlight, with their cuts of meat cooked over embers. In turn, local chefs also show great creativity when creating gourmet flavors.
Some areas in the city have acquired a life of their own, offering a wonderful concentration of services, stores and commercial premises. As a result, there is a variety of routes to choose from when going shopping in the city. Some of the open air shopping alternatives are: Paseo de las Carretas, Peatonal Córdoba, Peatonal San Martín and Sunchales among others.
Among the main shopping centers, two traditional ones in the city center stand out (Palace Garden and Paseo del Siglo), as well as two larger, newer ones, located farther away (Alto Rosario and Portal Rosario).
Rosario offers a great variety of places and activities for children to have fun, learn and enjoy themselves. Some of the options include: El Jardín de los Niños, which is a recreational park paying homage to imagination and creation, calling upon childhood logic and creative operations, as well as their physical possibilities. It offers games, adventures, mysteries, building and poetry. In La Granja de la Infancia, children come into contact with animals, farm work and tools, where they are allowed a direct experience and participation which leads to learning and entertainment for everyone. Other options include El Museo de los Niños, La Isla de los Inventos and La Casa del Agua, and more.
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Rosario was the first city in the country to establish a permanent recreational circuit. Each Sunday, from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., you can walk, run, ride a bike, skate or roller blade along 17 miles free of cars, motorcycles and public transport.
Apart from offering a huge gathering, leisure, health and exercise opportunity, this circuit makes for a tourist attraction in itself, as it encompasses Parque Independencia and spreads past plazas with palm trees and the old mansions located on Boulevard Oroño, continuing down Avenida de la Costa and Avenida Francia until it reaches Parque Sunchales and Parque Scalabrini Ortiz. It also goes past other points of interest, such as Parque de España, the emblematic National Flag Monument and Parque Irigoyen, where the Ernesto “Che” Guevara statue can be found.
"Cambiá el aire! Calle Recreativa" is open for families to go and enjoy themselves using any sort of non-motorized transport, as well as running and walking. It takes place every Sunday throughout the year, on a permanent basis.
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Rosario, City of Events. World class hotels and venues offering all the services of a great city, and cooperative management of public and private actors, make Rosario one of the main event locations in the country. Apart from its strategic position, which offers quick access to the main cities in Argentina and other Mercosur countries, Rosario offers a modern infrastructure oriented towards business tourism. The wide range of available spaces can be adapted to both small meetings and large international fairs. At the same time, its hotels can accommodate over 10,000 guests and the offer is rapidly expanding, with new buildings due to be completed in the short-term and new projects under way.
Another one of Rosario’s appeals is the hustle and bustle of a schedule that includes art exhibitions, shows and cultural proposals, sports competitions, fairs, conferences and conventions. Its constantly-renewing schedule gives the local program its own, unique identity. Click here to follow the city’s events month-by-month all year round: