Monday, June 20, 2016

Salta - A European city in the North

The main square in Salta

The capital of Salta province is a beautiful European style city surrounded by hills. Sitting in the central plaza you could easily imagine yourself in Madrid or some other Spanish city.

Colonial style buildings around the main square

The plaza is a central meeting point for the locals and is always vibrant and busy with locals and tourists alike enjoying the outdoor dining and pleasant park.

Plaza 9 de Julio

On one side if the square is the historic town hall, now a museum.

Museum of the North

The museum tells the history of the North and it is worth a visit both for the historic content and to admire the colonial architecture of the building.

Inside the museum

And the views of the Plaza.

Plaza 9 de Julio from the museum

The other side of the Plaza is dominated by the cathedral, one of many impressive churches in the city.

Salta Cathedral

Iglesia de Viña

The other side of Iglesia de Viña

Including several historic 17th century convents.

San Bernardo convent


San Francisco convent

Just outside of the centre of the city is a teleferico which takes you to the top of Cerro San Bernardo for spectacular views of the city.

The city from Cerro San Bernardo

The surrounding hills from Cerro San Bernardo

The hill itself has pleasant gardens which make for a relaxing afternoon.

The gardens

Salta is one of the most beautiful and vibrant South American cities that I have visited so far. It has a cool, laid back vibe but is still vibrant and fun. It has been one if my favourite cities so far.

Plaza 9 de Julio