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Viña del Mar, Chile - Garden City Beside The Sea With Castles & Palaces

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Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2019   » View Photoset (36 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!
Viña del Mar like nearby Valparaiso is a wonderful city to explore and enjoy the sights, it's just 2hrs west from the capital city of Santiago.
Chile Photo - The bridges over the estuary are blended nicely within the city landscape in Vina del Mar.
The bridges over the estuary are blended nicely within the city landscape in Vina del Mar.
Viña del Mar is defined by its beaches, its new and iconic buildings, its parks and its white bridges over the estuary where the buildings reflect brightly in the water. They call Viña del Mar the garden city and it is a green place indeed with tall palm trees, red flower gardens, a flower clock and lots of fresh air blowing in from the ocean. Accommodation in Viña del Mar is not so cheap, upwards of $30USD per night in low season, many budget travelers choose to stay in Valparaiso instead - only 10mins by bus.

Castles, Palaces & Museums

Viña del Mar has some very distinctive and iconic buildings! Check out Wulff Castle (Castillo Wulff), an old castle beside the sea at the end of the estuary which was built by German immigrants in 1906.
Chile Photo - Shadow of a palm tree on the beach with Wulff Castle beside the sea in Vina del Mar.
Shadow of a palm tree on the beach with Wulff Castle beside the sea in Vina del Mar.
Wulff Castle is built in neo-Tudor style and stands on a rocky coastal point not far from the Presidential Palace. On the other side of the estuary from Wulff Castle is another iconic building - the casino, built in art-deco style in the 1930's, it's best admired from the outside I would advise. Rioja Palace is a beautiful big mansion built in 1907 that houses the Museum of Decorative Arts and nearby is the Fonck Museum of archaeology and history. Brunet Castle up on the hill overlooking the estuary was built in 1923 and is a national monument. Carrasco Palace was built between 1912 and 1923 and was originally a residence but now is the cultural center, library and historic archive. Ross Castle was built in 1912 of stone and is headquarters of the Club Union Arabe, it's very close to Wulff Castle. Vergara Palace is located at Quinta Vergara
Chile Photo - Pelicans wait for fish to come near the rocks at days end in Vina del Mar.
Pelicans wait for fish to come near the rocks at days end in Vina del Mar.
(park), the same location as the annual International Song Festival held in the 3rd week of February. That's another good reason to visit Viña del Mar!

Beaches in Viña del Mar

The most central beach in Viña del Mar is Playa Caleta Abarca which is located in front of the flower clock and just 500m from Wulff Castle. On the other side of the estuary 1km away are more beaches that continue northward - Playa Acapulco, Playa Blanca, Las Salinas, Playa Los Marineros, Playa de los Canones, all the way up to Reñaca Beach - a very popular place in summertime.

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Viña del Mar, Chile:

Hostal La Casona del Cesar, Viña del Mar, Chile - Large Photo
Hostal La Casona del Cesar, Viña del Mar, Chile (November 2019 - 3 nights) - Viña del Mar is not a cheap place to stay unless you go to a hostel! Hostal La Casona del Cesar is not really a hostel because it has private rooms. The price is $35,000 pesos ($46USD) for a nice and comfortable room with private bathroom. Of course there is tv and wifi and outside is a nice patio area for relaxing and socializing. Breakfast is included in the price too! Located just a few blocks from the main plaza and city center, 5 - 10mins walk. Very secure front gate and friendly helpful staff. Recommended.

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Viña del Mar, Chile - Garden City Beside The Sea With Castles & Palaces. Viņa del Mar like nearby Valparaiso is a wonderful city to explore and enjoy the sights, it's just 2hrs west from the capital city of Santiago. Viņa del Mar is defined by its beaches, iconic buildings, parks and white bridges over the estuary.

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