One of the Chile attractions you shouldn't miss is Vina del Mar.
Close to Santiago (120km/74 miles) and Valparaiso (a mere 8km/5 miles) away, it's the perfect introduction to Chile's most important tourist destinations you are just about to discover, being Easter Island (well into de Pacific ocean), Trorres del Paine (in the far South) and Atacama desert (in the far North), first and foremost places for nature and adventure lovers.
Viña was developed back in the 1870s and soon became a favorite summer retreat for well-to-do Chileans. Today is Chile's most luxurious resort town- 4th. largest city in the country.
Traces of its colonial past are best enjoyed if you take a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride along Victoria street.
"Vineyard of the Sea" (Vina del Mar) is also known as "Garden City" (Ciudad Jardin) for its profusion of gardens and flowers everywhere benefited for its Mediterranean weather - visit the Clock of Flowers, for instance - a clock face created with seasonal flowers.
A long standing tradition is to watch the sunrise in the beaches of the city. And talking about beaches, let's mention some of the most important ones...
Nearby beaches include...
Viña del Mar has a rich nightlife that caters for youngers as well as older people, from discos, piano bars and coffee places to cabarets and a world-class casino. Besides, nearby Valparaiso offers more options for bohemians and night lovers. Try some seafood restaurants by the old town as well.
Best time to visit is summertime - December to March - when you will witness to major yearly events...
Very easy access from Santiago through Route 68 (1,5 hours away). There are daily buses to/from Santiago and Antonio Benitez International Airport. You can reach Viña del Mar through the sea as there are a number of cruises stopping at Valparaiso, only 8 km away.
Viña offers a huge variety of hotels, from budget to 5 stars accommodation...