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San José de Mayo

Extensive resorts with white sands, charming rural ranches and an active theater over 100 years old are just some of the attractions of this department.
Contrasting landscapes and reliefs, colonial buildings that today are historical monuments, extensive resorts with white sands and stylish rural establishments to experience the gaucho lifestyle are just some of the attractions that San José has to offer. Both in the capital and its resorts and fields, you can find various options for recreation and entertainment for vacations with your partner, family or friends. Carriage rides, practicing typical countryside field work, traditional food tastings, bird watching, fishing of mackerel and other species and water sports and activities are just some of them. Traditionally, San José has been the largest producer of potatoes in the country, although livestock is also an important part of the economy of the department, mainly with regard to daily products. In fact, it is the department with the largest number of dairy farms in the country. The inhabitants of San José are known as maragatos, although curiously only one of the first settler families came from the old León Region. With slightly undulating land, the geography of the department is interrupted to the north by the beautiful Mahoma hill, and by the panoramic Mauricio, San Gregorio and Jesús María Barrancas. The beaches of San José are located on the Río de la Plata, and are characterized by their tranquility, calm waters and the surrounding area of the barrancas. The main resorts are: Kiyú and Boca del Cufré.

Main Attractives

Museo Departamental de San José.

Funciona en la antigua casa de Santiago Ortuño, descendiente de los primeros pobladores de la ciudad. La residencia fue construida en la década de 1810 y es una de las más representativas de la época colonial.Hoy es uno de los principales centros culturales de la ciudad.

Teatro Maccio.

El emblemático teatro fue construido entre 1909 y 1912 y desde entonces innumerables personalidades nacionales e internacionales han pasado por su sala principal, incluyendo Carlos Gardel, quien dio aquí su último espectáculo en Uruguay. Es capaz de albergar a más de 700 personas y es el principal escenario cultural del departamento.