The city of Piriápolis is the fruit of the vision and efforts of one man: Francisco Piria.
In 1890 Piria bought all the land between the Pan de Azúcar hill and the coast from the heirs of General Leonardo Olivera, who owned a ranch that covered the whole area.
Right from the start Piria’s idea was to build a “seaside resort for the future”.
Considering that the lands included three hills plus all the coast and a natural port, his idea was not so far-fetched.
It was and remains the largest project to be undertaken by a single person in the history of Uruguay.
After purchasing it, he proceeded to create an infrastructure to attract the summer lovers he sought in Europe.
Thus he built the port, a formidable hotel - the present Argentino Hotel - the Rambla, and he had the whole area planted with pine trees.
The fame of Piriapolis preceeded that of Punta del Este by many years.
Now Piriápolis is receiving a new tourist impulse, as the port has been enlarged to receive ferries and large vessels.
In general it is a quiet city, surrounded by forests and hills and with a pleasant coastline that continues with small resorts to either side of the port area.
Towards the east are Punta Colorada and Punta Negra, two rocky formations that enclose beautiful beaches and growing residential areas.
The Piriápolis Casino is located in the mythical Argentino Hotel. Francisco Piria had it built in 1920, and it was inaugurated on 24 December 1924, being at the time the largest and plushest in South America. It has 350 rooms, and accommodation...
This fountain was built as an exact replica of the fountain in Villa Paravicini, in Italy. It is situated in the middle of a park on Route 93. The sculpture consists of Venus inside a temple, and two smaller sculptures on the base of the fountain,...
The port of Piriápolis was reinaugurated on 12 December 1997. It is mainly a tourist port, with sections for fishing and passengers like the port of Punta del Este. The port administration is by the National Hydrography Bureau, an office of the...