Thanks to its setting, variety of activities and attractive hotels and restaurants, COLÓN is easily the most appealing of Entre Ríos’ resorts. It also makes a good base for visiting the wonderfully exotic-looking Parque Nacional El Palmar, just 50km north, or the European-style splendour of Palacio San José, about 40km southwest. Moreover, Colón is linked to the major Uruguayan city Paysandú, 15km southeast, via the Puente Internacional General Artigas. Every February Colón hosts an important craft fair, the Fiesta Nacional de la Artesanía, with over five hundred exhibitors from Argentina and further afield. The rest of the year, there’s no shortage of stores selling artesan goods ranging from mates and asado tableware to local cheese and salami.
Colón spreads along the Río Uruguay, with a narrow strip of beach running for several kilometres alongside its alluring riverside avenue, the Costanera Gobernador Quirós. The town’s central square, Plaza Washington, where you will find the municipalidad, is twinned with Plaza Artigas and together they cover four blocks, ten blocks inland from the riverside; far more elegant and closer to the Uruguay, however, is smaller Plaza San Martín, east of Plaza Washington along Colón’s main commercial street, Avenida 12 de Abril – named after the town’s foundation date in 1863. The most distinctive district is the sleepy port area, a small but charming cobbled quarter lined with a clutch of handsome colonial-style buildings which slopes down to the riverbank, immediately to the north of Plaza San Martín; if you are driving, watch out for the huge toads that often hop across the street here.