Mar del Plata in Argentina

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© Leandro Kibisz

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Mar del Plata is a city in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the head of General Pueyrredón Partido. Mar del Plata is the second largest city in Buenos Aires Province. The name “Mar del Plata” has the meaning of “sea of the Plate region” or “adjoining sea to the (River) Plate region”. Mar del Plata is one of the major fishing ports and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina.

As part of the Argentine recreational coast, tourism is Mar del Plata’s main economic activity with seven million tourists visiting the city in 2006. Mar del Plata has a sophisticated tourist infrastructure with numerous hotels, restaurants, casinos, theatres and other tourist attractions. Mar del Plata is also an important sports centre with a multi-purpose Olympic style stadium (first used for the 1978 World Cup and later upgraded for the 1995 Pan American Games), five golf courses and many other facilities.

Hotel Provincial y Casino © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Hrazdan33/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Leandro Kibisz © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-2.5 © Marianogemin/cc-by-sa-4.0 Municipal Art Museum © Aleposta
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Hotel Provincial y Casino © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-3.0
The development of the city as a seasonal summer resort in the early 20th century led upper class tourists from Buenos Aires to build a European-inspired architecture, based mainly on the picturesque and later on the art deco styles. This gave Mar del Plata the nickname of the Argentine Biarritz. The building industry became the main non-seasonal activity of the town by 1920. During the ’30s,’40s, and beyond, local architects and builders, like Auro Tiribelli, Arturo Lemmi, Alberto Córsico-Picollini and Raúl Camusso recreated and transformed the picturesque values into a middle-class scale, marking the beginning of a vernacular architecture, called Mar del Plata Style, consisting in small samples of the luxury-laden summer residences of high society, built for the summer visitor as well as for the local resident. These chalets were built with stone façades, gable roofs covered with Spanish or French tiles, prominent eaves and front porches. This gives the town some distinctive urban character compared with other Argentine cities, despite the fact that the growing mass of tourists in the ’60s imposed the construction of large apartment buildings and skyscrapers as the predominant architectural style downtown.

Mar del Plata is the most popular destination for conventions in Argentina after Buenos Aires. Mar del Plata has a wide range of services in this sector. The summer season hosts over fifty theatrical plays. Mar del Plata has a wide variety of clubs located, especially in the area of Escollera Norte (known for its quantity of pubs and nightclubs) and Constitution Avenue.

Read more on Mar del Plata Tourism, LonelyPlanet.com – Mar del Plata, Wikivoyage Mar del Plata and Wikipedia Mar del Plata (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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