Mar del Plata


Article: Walter Ferreyra.

Translation: Adriana Romano.

Mar del Plata is one of the main tourist attractions in Argentina. Apart from being an impressive port city, it also provides vast sandy beaches as well as well-provided seaside resorts.

A few hours from Buenos Aires City, Mar del Plata, head of General Pueyrredón district, offers the widest range of accommodation facilities in the country, what makes it a suitable choice in all seasons.

With more than 550,000 inhabitants and a summer tourist population of over two million visitors, Mar del Plata is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 404 km from the city of Buenos Aires. The city covers an area of 1453 km2, with a coastline that stretches for about 47 km, one of its main attractions.

There are several seaside towns along the coastal corridor, namely -from north to south- San Clemente del Tuyú, Las Toninas, Santa Teresita, Mar del Tuyú, Costa del Este, Aguas Verdes, Lucila del Mar, San Bernardo del Tuyú, Mar de Ajó, Pinamar, Ostende, Cariló, Valeria del Mar, Villa Gesell, Mar de las Pampas, Mar Chiquita, Santa Clara del Mar, Mar del Plata, Los Acantilados, Chapadmalal, Chapadmalal Station, Miramar, Quequén and Necochea.

Sunset at Playa Grande - Mar del Plata

Weather in Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata's weather is temperate with maritime influence, with abundant rainfalls throughout the year and cool temperatures. Its climatic conditions are often compared to those of the west of Western Europe, where mild and rainy summers (with pleasant temperatures of an estimated average between 18 and 23° C) combine with cool winters (with average temperatures of 7° C).

Weather Mar del Plata

Torreon Beach- Mar del Plata

Young and Historic

Although Mar del Plata is a relatively young city, it has a large and valuable historical architectural heritage, which is preserved and protected. The historical circumstances that turned Mar del Plata into a unique seaside city are embodied in the objects and documents jealously guarded in different museums and cultural centers. Such commitment to culture is spread over the entire city, reaching its streets, fairs and city walks.

Its location –in relation to the major cities in the different countries that are part of Mercosur, Chile and Bolivia- determines a priori the potential for business affairs and international traffic by different means: terrestrial, maritime or air. Its short distance from Buenos Aires and Gran Buenos Aires, makes Mar del Plata a developing center with potential importance for Argentina.

Its complete as well as varied infrastructure allows the city to meet the demands of over 2 million tourists.

Although tourism is currently the main economic activity, the city's infrastructure allows for future development in other areas such as manufacturing and trade. In this respect, there are three predominant areas in the manufacturing industry that comprise 88% of the total added value: food, textiles and metallurgy. It must be said that the port in Mar del Plata has become the main fishing port in the country due to the richness of its continental shelf.

Varese Beach - Mar del Plata

How to reach Mar del Plata:

You can reach the city through various means of transport: there are 3 provincial roads and a highway connecting Mar del Plate and the Capital; a railway station with 29 weekly arrivals; a bus station where tickets are sold by over 50 companies; an airport that operates internationally with 6 airline companies in more than 130 weekly services, and an artificial harbor of deep water that –apart from being crucial to the fishing activity- allows cruise ships to anchor at the northern breakwater.

If you travel from Buenos Aires by car, via routes 11, 88 and 226, or via the modern and safe highway 2, the trip can take an average of four hours. But for those who decide to make the most of time, they can get to the city after a 45-minute flight. The International Airport “Astor Piazzolla” is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Mar del Plata. Three airlines operate with national destinations, with a frequency that increases significantly during the summer season.

Distances to Mar del Plata

City Km City Km
Buenos Aires 404 Catamarca 1.145
Claromecó 303 Córdoba 1.120
Corrientes 1.445 Formosa 1.695
Jujuy 2.114 La Plata 363
Mar de Ajó 190 Mendoza 1.447
Miramar 45 Monte Hermoso 406
Necochea 125 Neuquén 1.012
Paraná 909 Pinamar 134
Posadas 1.434 Rosario 700
Resistencia 1.473 Río Gallegos 2.510
San Bernardo 194 San Luis 1.333
Salta 2017 San Clemente 234
Sta. Clara del Mar 18 San Juan 1.529
Santa Fé 879 Santa Rosa 746
Santa Teresita 217 Stgo. Del Estero 1.549
Tucumán 1.714 Ushuaia 3,101
Viedma 754 Villa Gesell 113

Geographical Position

Mar del Plata is the head of General Pueyrredón District. It is located on the coast of the Argentinian Sea at coordinates 38 º 00' S and 57 º 33' W.

General Pueyrredón District area: 1,453.44 km2 , with a population of 366.6 inhabitants per Km2.

Communal Urban area: 79.48 km2 (7948 ha.)

District Boundaries

NE: District of Mar Chiquita

SW: District of General Alvarado

SE: Argentinian Sea

NW: District of Balcarce

Activities and Information about Mar del Plata

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