Mar Del Plata
Mar del Plata is located in the province of Buenos Aires, along the Atlantic Ocean Coastline, and is the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina. It is the 7th largest city in Argentina. The economy is centered around tourism, with 7 million tourists visiting the city in 2006. The city has an abundance of theatres, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos and various other tourist attractions.
Mar del Plata is also known as the 'happy city' as in summer it welcomes millions of visitors who are enticed by its beautiful sandy beaches and many tourist attractions. This is the place where most Argentinians choose to spend their Summer vacations. It offers miles and miles of some of the best beaches in South America, as well as wind-swept dunes, plummeting cliffs, ecological reserves and picturesque fishing villages.
Many important conventions, festivals and shows are hosted in Mar del Plata such as the Fiesta Nacional del Mar (National Sea Festival), the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and in summer over 50 theatrical productions are hosted in the city.
Mar del PlataMar del Plata offers something for everyone from beautiful surroundings to an entertaining nightlife and cultural scene camparable to that of Buenos Aires. Mar del Plata is an ideal locale for enjoying summer strolls, cycling, paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, SCUBA diving, sports fishing and sailing.
Mar del Plata is relatively young compared to some of Argentina's other cities. Patricio Paralta Ramos founded the city in 1878 as an industrial center. It is tourism, however, that underlies the cities current wealth, with millions of tourists flooding into Mar del Plata in the summer months.