A guide to Palermo

Galileo Galilei Planetarium ©pandrcutts/Flickr

Palermo is the northeast neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The largest neighborhood of the city is bordered by several other barrios (neighborhoods). It is a significant tourist destination, including numerous points of interest, such as the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, the Palermo Woods, the Botanical Garden, the fantastic Japanese Gardens, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Museum of Latin American Art and so on. It is a paradise for the lovers of sightseeing. If you find this description convincing and would like to visit Palermo, read the following article. This guide to Palermo will include useful information about the best sights of the neighborhood.

Galileo Galilei Planetarium

For those who are devoted to science, a visit to the fantastic Galileo Galilei Planetarium is surely unforgettable. Also known as the Planetario, this fascinating visitor attraction of Palermo is very popular among tourists. The construction of the Planetario began in 1962 and was inaugurated in 1966. It was opened to the public two years later, in 1968. On the five floors of the fantastic building there are amazing projections and collections including ammonite fossils. One of the highlights of the planetarium is a piece of lunar rock.

Galileo Galilei Planetarium ©pandrcutts/Flickr

Palermo Woods

Also named the Parque Tres de Febrero, this green space of Palermi is extremely popular among both local people and tourists. It is the perfect place for relaxing. There are several outstanding gardens, beautiful lakes and also groves on the grounds of the park. It is a popular spot for walking, cycling and even boating on the artificial lakes of the park.

The Botanical Gardens

A major tourist attraction of Palermo and also of Buenos Aires is the Botanical Garden. It is a fantastic free attraction of the city which lies on a surface of about 70.000 m² and includes about 5.500 species of plants. Besides, there are spectacular monuments and sculptures on the grounds of the gardens. Some of the major features of the botanical gardens are the Oriental Garden, the French Garden and the Roman Garden. The botanical garden is open every day from 08:00 to 18:00 and the admission is free. (November 2012)

The Japanese Gardens

Another magnificent green space in Palermo is the Japanese Gardens which is a public space. It includes spectacular Japanese plants like azalea, sakura, momiji and so on. Some of the main features of the gardens are the carp lake, the Japanese Peace Bell, the Divine Bridge and so on. There is also a Japanese Buddhist Temple situated in the gardens.

Japanese Gardens ©blmurch/Flickr

Club de Pescadores

The Fisherman’s Club was declared a national monument. It was founded in 1903 on one of the old piers. The building is fantastic, being one of the symbols of Buenos Aires. It is a great tourist attraction. There are guided tours which present you the tiny building. Besides, there is an aquarium, a restaurant and a bar in the building.

Club de Pescadores ©alefot/Flickr


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