Rosario, Argentina‘s third largest city, is known to most as the birthplace of both Che Guevara and Lionel Messi. But Rosario also attracts thousands of students and young artists as well as growing numbers of tourists.
Monumento A La Bandera
This monument to the national flag of Argentina is a great place to begin your exploration of Rosario.The flag was first unveiled in Rosario after its design, and this is one of the city’s few real tourist attractions.With wide open spaces, an enormous flag, and an eternal flame in memory of the armed forces, it’s quite impressive and patriotic.You can climb to the top of the main tower for great views, or just take photos amongst the huge columns made out of stone from the Andes.If you come in the morning, you can watch the raising of the flag at 8:15 AM each day.
Entre Ríos 480
Fans of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara will be keen to make their pilgrimage to the revolutionary’s birthplace, an apartment building in the central district of the city although he only lived there for a short time. It is owned privately, so visitors cannot enter, but it is a well known attraction around the city so it will not be surprising to see tourists taking photos of it. Entre Ríos 480 is an attractive neo-classical building, as is much of the other architecture in the city, so it can be easily passed by by those who might not know the significance of it.
Quite unexpectedly, Argentina’s ice cream is some of the best in the world.And Rosario is actually the national capital of artisanal ice cream.The helado here is more like Italian gelato than the ice cream in the States, and dulce de leche is a popular flavor.There’s plenty of places to taste test it in the city you’ll have your pick of over 100 heladerías and plenty of parks to eat it in.Each year in October there’s an artisanal ice cream festival where over 20 local makers pass out tastings of their delicious handmade products.The rest of the year, try a couple of flavors at Heladerías Esther,Yomo, or Touche de Crème.
Several of the islands in the Paraná river, just off the shoreline of Rosario, have been turned into parks, of which Isla Espinillo is the most lively. It is home to various restaurants, bars and spaces to relax, as well as the opportunity to take part in some water sports, such as jet skiing and windsurfing. Visitors can take a ferry across to the islands from the Estación Fluvial (ferry station), where it is also possible to book boat tours and other activities.