In addition to wineries, golf courses, and access to the river, Carmelo probably has the highest density of gyms per inhabitant all over Uruguay. It might well be due to the fact that not much else but wine is happening in Carmelo.
The city of Carmelo itself is compact enough to walk around, but some of the attractions are actually located in the surrounding area, so a car or motorcycle is helpful.
- 1 Capilla San Roque. A chapel built in 1869.
- 2 Puente de Carmelo (Carmelo Bridge). A swing bridge (puente giratorio) built in 1912. An example of German engineering, but considering the fixed power cables at its exterior, it is probably not operated very often.
- 3 Teatro Uamá. A theater whose name means "friend" in the extinct Chaná language that was once spoken in Uruguay.
- 4 Templo Histórico del Carmen. Built in 1830. Currently under renovation.
- 5 Teatro de Verano "Román Iturburúa".
Carmelo has a yacht club, beaches, and wineries.
- 1 Sunset at the beach. Watch the supposedly best sunset at the river side of Carmelo with Argentina on the other side.
- Canteras. Ever fancied a 20 or 10 m jump? This is where you can do it. It is a kind of natural pool of former quarries. The are three to four northeast of Carmelo.
- 4 Bodega El Legado, ☎ . Winery offering free visits, excellent bottles of wine for sale, and dégustation.
- Wine Tasting. However, this seems to be more a touristy immitation instead of the real deal where in the end you would also buy some bottles which would compensate for the tasting. US$25-30.
- Bicycle. Carmelo Hostel rents bicycles. U$250 morning to evening.
- 1 Ta-Ta Supermarket. closes 22:00. Large selection and not expensive beyond the ordinary.
Surprisingly there are many bars in town.
- 1 Carmelo Hostel, Ignacio Barrios 431, ☎ , . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Nice and clean hostel. Kitchen, garden, 6-bed dorms. Also has private rooms. Probably your only budget option in town. Dorm US$19.
Heading inland, consider Grutas del Palacio as a destinaton.
If driving to Argentina, your first stop can be Gualeguaychú, which is famous for its carnival and hot springs. If you cross the river by ferry, you'll probably find yourself in the metropolis of Buenos Aires or the town of Tigre (known for tours of the Paraná Delta).