Maldonado, Uruguay

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Capital city
April 2007 evening in Maldonado
April 2007 evening in Maldonado
Flag of Maldonado
Maldonado is located in Uruguay
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°54′0″S 54°57′0″W / 34.90000°S 54.95000°W / -34.90000; -54.95000Coordinates: 34°54′0″S 54°57′0″W / 34.90000°S 54.95000°W / -34.90000; -54.95000
Country  Uruguay
Department  Maldonado
Founded 1755
Founded by Joaquín de Viana
 • Mayor(Alcalde) Dina Fernández Chaves (Partido Nacional)
Population (2011 Census)
 • Total 62,590
 • Demonym Fernandino
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 20000
Dial plan +598 42 (+6 digits)
Climate Cfb

Maldonado (Spanish pronunciation: [maldoˈnaðo]) is the capital of Maldonado Department of Uruguay. As of the census of 2011, it is the seventh most populated city of the country.

Maldonado is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs. It includes the following zones: Maldonado, Punta Ballena, Portezuelo, Barrio Hipódromo, Canteras de Marelli, Los Ceibos, Abra de Perdomo, Laguna del Diario, El Placer, Cantegril, Maldonado Nuevo, Cerro Pelado, San Francisco, San Fernando, Estación, Leonel, Perlita, El Molino, and Biarritz.

Location and geography[edit]

It is located on Route 39 and shares borders with Punta del Este to the south, Pinares - Las Delicias to the south and to the east and suburb La Sonrisa to the north. Together they all form a unified metropolitan area. The next city to the north is San Carlos, only 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) away on Route 39.

East of the city flows the stream Arroyo Maldonado.


Maldonado was founded on 19 October 1755 at the initiative of the Governor of Montevideo Joaquin de Viana. It was firmly established by the arrival of 104 permanent settlers in 1757. It was the second most important city in the Banda Oriental.[1] Its original name was "Maldonado", but, years later, its name was changed to "San Fernando de Maldonado", in honor of King Ferdinand VI of Spain. It had acquired the status of "ciudad" (city) before the independence of Uruguay.[2]


In 2011 the city of Maldonado had a population of 62,590.[3] According to the Intendencia Departamnetal de Maldonado, the municipality of Maldonado has a population of 105,000.[4]

Location map of the municipality of Maldonado
Year Population
1908 4,431
1963 15,005
1975 22,762
1985 33,535
1996 48,936
2004 54,603
2011 62,590

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[2]

Main sights[edit]

Remarkable sights in Maldonado include:

  • San Fernando de Maldonado Cathedral, a neoclassic cathedral begun in 1801 and completed in 1895
  • Cuartel de Dragones (The Dragoons' Barracks), a Spanish garrison begun in 1771 and completed in 1797
  • Torre del Vigia (meaning "tower of vigilance" or, more simply, "watchtower"), built in 1800 under the direction of Rafael Pérez del Puerto; its function was to inform the authorities of the entrance in Buenos Aires of the approach of any ship to the Río de la Plata
  • El Puente de la Barra,[5] a stressed ribbon bridge, where the roadbed swoops up, down, and back up and down once more, demonstrating an exceptional economy of material[6]
  • Casapueblo hotel

Places of worship[edit]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Intendencia de Maldonado". Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Censos 2011 Maldonado (needs flash plugin)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Presupuesto-2011-2015". Intendencia Departamnetal de Maldonado. 2012. Archived from the original on 24 April 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Puente de la Barra de Maldonado at Structurae. Retrieved on 2009-12-07. 34°54′39″S 54°52′22″W / 34.910904°S 54.872745°W / -34.910904; -54.872745
  6. ^ Puente de la Barra de Maldonado
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