To give you an idea how small Colonia is, I went out to explore Colonia at around 7:30am and by 8am I was back at my hostel, having felt like I saw everything, twiceover. Even my hostel buddies told me I wasn’t delusional; it also took them “only a half an hour to see everything.”
Colonia is so compact I don’t even need to give you directions for you to know where to go. Just walk westwards from the city center towards the coast and meander as much as you like. Before you know it, you’ll be walking in circles looking for more things to see.
If you really need directions, walk towards Plaza de Armas and start from there.
To your left, walk down to check out Bastion de San Miguel and its cute little drawbridge:
There’s also the coastline:
Walk north towards the lighthouse; for $15 Uruguay pesos you can get to the top for views of the city (closed for some reason when I went):
Soak in some old colonial charm as you continue walking up north:
At the northwestmost point, you’ll come upon Puerto Viejo (The Old Port). Feel free to walk the length of the docks; nobody will mind you there:
Then walk northeast to Plaza del Carmen:
And then south towards Iglesia Matriz by Plaza de Armas, the oldest church in Uruguay.
It had burned down once, but was restored with its down-to-earth charm intact:
Annnnd that’s Colonia for ya. Off to Buenos Aires I go!
– At time of posting in Colonia, it was 69.8 °F – Humidity: 64% | Wind Speed: 15km/hr | Cloud Cover: scattered clouds