We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
Description:

This drawbridge over a moat was built in 1745 as the only entrance to the...

This drawbridge over a moat was built in 1745 as the only entrance to the city.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,652 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Quaint, picturesque

A beautiful area. The Rio de la Plata laps at the shore everywhere. You mistake it for Ocean because it's clean and the beaches are light tan to white! The stone walks of Colonia... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
meanlorijeanne
,
Memphis, Tennessee
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Colonia del Sacramento

Add Photo Write a Review

1,652 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 69: English reviews
Memphis, Tennessee
Level Contributor
52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful area. The Rio de la Plata laps at the shore everywhere. You mistake it for Ocean because it's clean and the beaches are light tan to white! The stone walks of Colonia tell a story of "fighting for control" . The shops and museums are well priced and friendly. We ate at The Tunnel, good food, out of... More 

Helpful?
Thank meanlorijeanne
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This whole area is just so nice. This entrance is grand and has a lot of history. I'm glad I hired a guide because I otherwise would not have known anything other than it's a gate!

Helpful?
Thank Ari F
Level Contributor
73 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

A small bridge connect the other part of the town with this one. Old door where you can see some cannons at the top of the walls.

Helpful?
Thank Raul C
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

It is really a nice walking day and cute cafes and shops as a side trip from Buenos Aires. We took the arrives at around 2 and left at about 9 and that was plenty of time.

Helpful?
Thank CraigB65
Corpus Christi
Level Contributor
226 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This gate has a drawbridge from centuries ago.The walls adjacent are about six feet thick with cannons through the holes.

Helpful?
Thank jmdrmd2
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

As you're wandering around Colonia, you're sure to stumble upon this massive stone gate and wall. It's interesting, for sure. And a nice walk along it to the water.

Helpful?
Thank Russell S
Tromso, Norway
Level Contributor
192 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The gate of the Citadel is the one of the remains of the fortifications that once surrounded the old colony. It serves as a good starting point before touring the rest of the historical place.

Helpful?
Thank Lance_Kerwin
Santiago, Chile
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

It's part of the Historic Quarter, the entrance to the fortified citadel, extremely well preserved. It's surrounded by a wall of stone, very beautiful, which leads to the sea. There are some cannons and benches as well so you can sit down a bit and enjoy the view.

Helpful?
Thank isheg
Sydney, Canada
Level Contributor
313 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Walking through the Gate of the Citadel takes you from modern day Colonia back to colonial times when the historical quarter of the town was being constructed. The gate was constructed in 1745 of grey stone and is considered one of the most important historical monuments of Colonia. This is a good starting point for visiting the historical quarter of... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Aafia
Chorzow, Poland
Level Contributor
221 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

Historical district of Colonia del Sacramento is a city definately worth of a day visit. Take a ferry from Buenos to cross the La Plata Bay and arrive there to see that time has stopped maybe a century ago. No rush, easy/lazy walking pedestrians, tasty food, quite marina, beatiful cobblestone streets, awasome sunset. Great, great trip!!!!

Helpful?
Thank HappyChris008

Travelers who viewed Puerta de la Ciudadela also viewed

Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
 
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
 

Been to Puerta de la Ciudadela? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Puerta de la Ciudadela and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Puerta de la Ciudadela staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?