With a week of entertaining under your belt, planning a weekend in Buenos Aires for friends or family in town on a visit should be a piece of cake! Since Spanish classes at Expanish Spanish School in Buenos Aires take a break on the weekends, students studying Spanish in Argentina have some free time to make the most of the remainder of their guest’s visits! Take a look at how Expanish suggests spending an action packed weekend in Buenos Aires. Rest up students and travelers, you still have a lot to take advantage of!
Saturday: In any given neighborhood, on just about any weekend of the year, you are bound to find an open air market or street festival unique to whichever area you find yourself in. With so many options, it will be a difficult decision, but if you’re up for it, you could hustle to a couple different areas on a Saturday. We suggest taking the 45 minute train ride up to Tigre for the morning and early afternoon. With very inexpensive trains leaving from Retiro and Belgrano stations throughout the day, you can come and go as you please. Tigre offers a quiet contrast to downtown Buenos Aires with a weekend market featuring various foods, furniture, and arts and crafts. Once you’re there, you cannot pass up a boat ride throughout the canals of this river delta. Tigre can be done in a half day, and is close enough to the city center that you could take a trip back to get a second look when you have a little more time. Head back to Buenos Aires to take in the Recoleta market for the afternoon and early evening. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday just outside of the cemetery, this market is a great spot to pick up gifts for friends and family back home, offering an impressive variety of paintings, jewelry, leather goods, and clothing. Recoleta market also has a good deal of green space and a nice variety of street food, so take a moment to relax, people watch, and sample some local foods while you’re there!
Sunday: There are two worthwhile street markets on Sundays in the city of Buenos Aires- the San Telmo market and the Feria de Mataderos in the Mataderos neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. Both offer an exciting scene, so we’ll leave this decision up to you and your guests! The San Telmo markets runs the length of at least 10 cobblestone blocks each Sunday, each lined with incredible antique stores and hippie artisans. Start this fair in Plaza Dorrego, where you can catch live tango shows and talented fileteado painters practicing their craft. This market runs all the way down to Plaza de Mayo, which is impressive site at night, with most buildings lit up, including the Casa Rosada and the Cabildo. If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, check out the Feria de Mataderos, located in an outlying neighborhood an hour from the city center by colectivo. This market offers homemade foods and crafts, folkloric music and dance, and a unique presentation by actual gauchos! Learn more about this market in the Expanish Blog post, Feria de Mataderos!
Weekends in Buenos Aires are always busy, with most city dwellers taking to the streets to visit one of the many street fairs, markets, and parks. While a student studying Spanish in Buenos Aires is most likely familiar with these attractions, they simply cannot be missed when friends or family are in town. If you have not already, be sure to check out PART ONE and PART TWO of this blog post for more exciting ideas!