The city's main square has a history dating back to the 19th century. It is often referred to as "Plaza ... More
The city's main square has a history dating back to the 19th century. It is often referred to as "Plaza Viña", after Jose Francisco Vergara, one of the founding fathers of this seaside resort. It is surrounded by early 20th century buildings, including the Municipal Theatre and the Hotels O'Higgins. Some of the city's main streets converge here. On one side of the square, a line of horse-drawn carriages, locally known as "Victorias", wait to whisk tourists along the seafront. Also in the neighbourhood are banks, the main Post Office, an exhibitions centre and a small shopping mall, as well as the Plaza Sucre. Two small freshwater ponds add a bit of variety to the landscape, and the old trees that border the sidewalk give the square a colourful hue in autumn.
Established in the mid 19th century next to the old Miramar Hotel (now demolished), this is one of the city's
principal beaches. The surrounding cove offers protection from fierce ocean rip currents, allowing for safe swimming. The beach gets ...
Built by Alfredo Azancot (also responsible for the Carrasco Palace ) for banker Fernando Rioja in 1906, this French style
palace was once surrounded by ornamental gardens much larger than those found today. It has belonged to the local ...
Bordering Viña del Mar's industrial zone is this oasis of vegetation, covering an area of 40 hectares with more than
800 species of flora. Originally commissioned by nitrate baron Pascual Baburizza, and created by French landscape gardener George Dubois, ...