Welcome back travellers to another exciting edition of ADVENTURE TIME!!!
Today we back in good old Argentina and visiting
Mar del Plata
So a little bit of history of the town
The first European navigator to visit the beaches and cliffs of what one day would become Mar del Plata was Sir Francis Drake in his 1577 circumnavigation voyage. He introduced the name Cape Lobos in the cartography of his time, due to the large colony of sea lions (lobos de mar in Spanish) around the cape today known as Cabo Corrientes. Just four years later, the Spanish Governor of the River Plate, Don Juan de Garay (second founder of Buenos Aires) explored the area by land, and paid tribute to the beautiful landscape by describing it as a muy galana costa (a very elegant shore). This is today one of the city’s favourite mottos.
In 1742, during the War of Jenkin’s Ear, eight survivors of the HMS Wager, part of Admiral Anson expedition, lived through a ten-months ordeal before being decimated and captured by the nomadic tribe of the Tehuelches, who eventually handed them to the Spaniards.
In 1746, by order of the Spanish Kingdom, a Jesuit Order‘s mission was established om the norwestern shore of what is now Laguna de los Padres, some eight miles (13 km) west of the modern city, but it was abandoned after a series of northern Tehuelches attacks, led by native chieftain Cangapol. On 15 November 1770 a punitive expedition departing from Luján and led by captain Juan Antonio Hernández, with the help of friendly natives, defeated a group of Tehuelches who had been harassing and plundering a number of farms and hamlets beyond the Salado river. The battle took place at the Vulcan heights, near Sierra de los Padres, where 102 Tehuelches were ambushed and killed. In 1772 another Spanish expedition commanded by captain Pedro Pablo Pabón surveyed the area. The region was not populated again by Europeans until 1856, when a meat-salting facility was built by Portuguese entrepreneur Coelho de Meirelles, and a stable population settled there.
source = Wikipedia
So what is there to see?
Being the second popular location for conventions to Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata has a wide range of services in this sector. The summer season hosts over fifty theatrical plays.
Shows and festivals
|The Mar del Plata International Film Festival,||The Fiesta Nacional del Mar (“National Sea Festival”)||The Premios Estrella de Mar (“Sea Star Awards”)||The Valencian Falles week,||The Mar del Plata Fashion Show,|
|the only competitive accredited film festival in Latin America.||with the election and coronation of the Sea Queen and her princesses, which takes place in December as the official inauguration of the summer season.||which honor the best stage plays and shows of the season.||a local reenactment of the Valencian event conducted by the Valencian community.||along with a number of fashion parades that gathers the best haute couture designers.|
|The Fiesta Nacional de los Pescadores (National Fishermen’s Festival),||Mar del Plata has also hosted the 1995 Pan American Games,||Mar del Plata Marathon||The 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad||Symphonic Orchestra|
|a colourful display of seamen tradition and cuisine.||the 2003 Parapan American Games, the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Championship, and co-hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup and the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.||Since 1987 Mar del Plata annually hosts the marathon in early December.||was held in Mar del Plata in 2012.||The local Government sponsors them, , as well as a Conservatorium and a School of Classical and Modern Dance.|
The Museum of the Sea opened in 2000, and it holds a collection of over 30,000 sea shells, among other specimens.
Mar del Plata has a wide variety of clubs located by district: the area of Alem street and Irigoyen (known for its quantity of pubs and nightclubs) and the coast and Constitution Avenue.
|The Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art.||The Museum of the Port of Mar del Plata Cleto Ciocchini.||The Museum of Natural Science Lorenzo Scaglia, specialized in Paleontology of the Quaternary species around the region.||The Mar del Plata Museum of the Sea, which included one of the most complete collections of sea snails of the World. The museum has been closed to the public since September 2012.||Villa Victoria, a vintage wooden house, the former residence of the late writer Victoria Ocampo, now a place for art expositions and classical music.|
- Mar del Plata 2013: Documentary Overview (buyfromlosangelesca.wordpress.com)
- Escape the world at La Rocchetta in the Sierra de los Padres valley, Argentina (boutiquetravelblog.com)
- Iranian film ‘Bright Day’ warmly received in Argentina (theiranproject.com)
- 10 Things I love about Argentina (abroadee.com)