9 must-do things to do in Rosario

Visiter Rosario en Argentine

Are you planning to visit Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city? Create your ideal trip between sightseeing and relaxation with our selection of must-sees.

A city deeply rooted in Argentine history, Rosario lies along the banks of the Rio Paraná, just 4 hours from the capital Buenos Aires. Despite its size, which makes it the country’s third-largest city, it remains pleasant thanks to its many green spaces and its downtown area crossed by the river. To visit Rosario is to experience the many facets of Argentine culture through its museums, restaurants, islands and famous flag monument.

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1. The Flag Monument

Monument au drapeau, Rosario

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Rosario was the birthplace of the Argentine flag. During the Wars of Independence in the 1810s, Colonel Manuel Belgrano was in charge of guarding the Rosario region and the Paraná River. He created the blue and white flag on the model of the Argentine cockade. Why blue? Simply to avoid confusion with the red color used by the royalists. The flag was hoisted for the first time on February 27, 1812.

The Monumento Histórico Nacional a la Bandera is the venue for all major events in Rosario. The remains of Colonel Belgrano lie in the crypt of this 78-metre-high column. Located on the banks of the river, it offers a pleasant stroll through its park and esplanade, and recalls the beginnings of the Argentine state. After admiring the imposing monument, don’t miss the monument to the soldiers who fell for the Malvines Islands. Stop off at the gallery of American flags.

2. Rio Paraná

The whole city of Rosario faces the Rio Paraná. A 15-kilometre promenade runs along the banks of the river, ideal for a sunset stroll or a drink on the terrace.

Choose Costanera Sur for its typical restaurants and Costanera Norte if you want to swim. Many water sports are also available, and you can kayak or take a ferry to the islands of the Rio Paraná.

3. Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire Cathedral

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, Rosario

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Located not far from the National Flag Monument and facing the Plaza 25 de Mayo, the Basílica Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario was built at the end of the 19th century. You can admire the two towers on the façade and the impressive dome above. Inside, a whole heritage awaits you. The first thing that catches your eye is the detailed painting of Our Lady of the Rosary. In turn, the marble altar and Italian-made organ enhance the setting.

The Palacio de los Leones, which houses the town hall, is just a few steps away. It, too, is well worth a visit, with its handsome red façade and two statues of lions standing guard at the entrance.

4. Museo de los Niños Alto

If you’re looking for something to do with the whole family in Rosario, the Children’s Museum is the place to go. Designed especially for the little ones, this interactive venue offers them spaces conducive to play and creativity. They can put themselves in the shoes of adults and play doctor, salesman or journalist. All of this in playful settings, featuring different offices, surgeries and stores. The museum has been designed to support children’s development, enabling them to learn while having fun.

5. Independence Park

Parc de l'Indépendance, Rosario

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To get away from it all, there’s nothing better than a stroll through the Parque de la Independencia. The city’s first park, this immense green space is home to a lake and two museums. Here you can spend a long time sightseeing and relaxing, and why not have a picnic on one of its many lawns in the shade of a tree.

The Spanish fountain, the French garden and the rose garden, featuring 37 species and no fewer than 7,500 roses, are all must-sees. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a sound, light and water show delights young and old alike.

6. Che house and tourist circuit

It’s impossible to visit Rosario without thinking of Che. At 480 rue Entre Rios, you’ll find the door of the building where Ernesto Guevara de la Serna or  » Che Guevara » was born.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to visit the building, as only a plaque indicates that you’re in the right place. You can, however, follow in the comandante’s footsteps to the Plaza de la Cooperación, where a huge painting by Ricardo Carpani depicts the revolutionary. To complete your pilgrimage, visit Parc Hirigoyen, where a monumental statue of the figure stands enthroned. It was made from 75,000 keys donated by Rosario residents and contributors from all over the world.

Visiting Rosario is the first stop on the Che Guevara tour, which then takes in the province of Misiones, Alta Gracia and San Martín de los Andes.

7. A soccer match

To visit Rosario is also to feel the passion of Argentinians for soccer. Indeed, this is the birthplace of one of the world’s finest players, the talented Lionel Messi. Many Rosarinos are devoted to La Pulga (the flea), the affectionate nickname given to the footballer for his small stature.

The city’s two clubs, Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys, battle it out for top spot in the league. Without a doubt, attending a match is an incomparable experience! The hinchas (supporters) of both clubs are among the most fervent in the country. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to attend the derby between the two Rosario teams – an electric atmosphere guaranteed!

8. Contemporary art museums

In Rosario, two museums are well worth a visit: The Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B Castignino and the Macro(Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario). The Macro was created following the success of the former, and the two museums collaborate and exchange pieces from their collections on a regular basis.

You’ll have access to the country’s largest collection of contemporary art. In addition to thousands of works, the museums also host temporary exhibitions by Argentine and international artists. Concerts are also held on occasion. You’ll discover trends in Argentine art over the last few decades, as well as a section featuring design objects. A great way to immerse yourself in the country’s culture!

9. Isla Celeste

Isla Celeste, Rosario

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Numerous islands emerge from the river, providing the perfect opportunity for a relaxing swim during your visit to Rosario. The best known isIsla Celeste, located almost opposite the Monument to the Flag. From here, head for the estación fluvial and board a ferry to one of the island’s beaches. You can then enjoy lunch on one of the restaurant terraces, watching the ballet of boats gliding along the calm waters of the river.

Put your towel down on the beach or rent a deckchair for the day, and cool off in the tropical waters of the Rio Paraná. The more adventurous can explore the island and spend the night under the stars at a waterside campsite.

How to get to Rosario

There are several ways to get to Rosario: by plane, train or car.

By plane

Rosario’s airport is Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport. It’s an hour’s flight from Buenos Aires. From Europe, there are no direct flights to Rosario: so opt for a flight to Buenos Aires (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from France). Planes usually make a stopover there! From Buenos Aires, all you need to do is take a connecting flight to Rosario. To find out which internal airlines provide transit flights to Rosario, we recommend you use the Ulysse flight comparator. This is also where you’ll find the best deals for your departure dates.

By train

You can take the train from Buenos Aires to Rosario. There is a daily departure from Retiro station at 5.30pm, arriving in Rosario at 11.55pm and taking 6 hours 25 minutes.

In the other direction, the train leaves Rosario at 1am, arriving at Retiro station in Buenos Aires at 7:28am.

Please note: from Córdoba, allow 11h30 and 25h from Tucumán.

By car or bus

Travel time depends on your departure city.

  • Córdoba: 5h by bus and 3h45 by car,
  • Mendoza: 11 hours by bus and 9 hours by car,
  • Santa Fe: 2h10 by bus and 1h40 by car,
  • Buenos Aires: take RN 9, and you’ll reach Rosario in 3 hours. Buses leave every 30 minutes from Retiro Terminal and take you to Rosario’s Mariano Moreno Terminal in 4 hours.

Where to stay in Rosario?

Depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation options in different parts of Rosario. The city center, on the banks of the Rio Paraná, boasts a multitude of hotels to suit all budgets. If you opt for a hotel, be sure to check prices and reviews on a hotel comparator.

Prefer to rent a complete apartment? Visit Airbnb and other private rental platforms. Turn to the Las Malvinas district. You’ll find what you’re looking for, whether you’re looking for a quiet apartment for your family, or a place to stay with friends in the heart of the city’s nightlife. If you’re looking for something more exotic, we recommend booking a few nights onIsla Celeste, either camping or staying with local people.

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