Bahia Blanca is picturesque port town set on a beautiful natural harbour, which is South America’s largest naval port. Grandiose buildings, polished boulevards and leafy plazas sit alongside boutiques, museums and cafes.
Things to do in Bahía Blanca
Get a feel for Bahia Blanca’s history at Museo del Puerto. Set in a former wooden post house, the museum preserves the cultural heritage of the region’s immigrants. See a wide range of artefacts, including an old wooden fishing boat and vintage barbershop.
Drive along the docks of Bahia Blanca Port on the Paseo Portuario. The scenic road passes through a section of the original shipping area, which dates back to 1901 and features two lookout points where you can watch ships entering the port.
Spend an evening at El Dorado Speakeasy, a dimly-lit bar with sumptuous cocktails and authentic desserts. Taste the citrusy, frothy flavours of Argentina’s original aperitif, “Garcia Batido”, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, treat yourself to a caramel “dulce de leche” dessert.
Catch a show at Teatro Municipal, the city’s premier performing arts centre. The neoclassical theatre hosts around 300 performances each year, ranging from ballet and opera to theatre and dance. Before the show, enjoy an authentic Argentine meal, such as lacquered pork, at Vicentica restaurant.
Getting around Bahía Blanca
Bahia Blanca is a seven-hour drive south of Buenos Aires or a slightly longer train or bus trip. Comandante Espora Airport is a 20-minute taxi or bus ride from Bahia Blanca. The city is easily explored on foot, while taxis and buses are available.