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Montevideo: Small but beautiful

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Published: Fri 28 Aug 2009, 9:50 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:17 AM

The capital city of the tiny South American country of Uruguay, Montevideo could be pardoned for living in the shadow of its neighours.

But the city and its one million inhabitants have a unique sense of Latin style and passion. The host of the world’s first football World Cup in 1930, the city is soccer mad, with no less than five teams calling the crumbling Estadio Centenario home. The once grand stadium also witnessed the home team lift that original World Cup. Montevideo also lays claim to a form of tango and the city boasts a spectacular stretch of coastline along the playa Pocitos, while the old town is home to beautiful colonial buildings.


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