Located just 134 kilometres from Santiago and with lots to offer in terms of hotels, cuisine, shopping and sightseeing, Vina del Mar is one of Chile’s main tourist destinations. Dotted along the local coastline are more than ten beaches and the Parque Borde Costero promenade, which covers an area of nearly 15,000 square metres and comprises a large number of green areas.
A mere ten minutes from the city centre lies the National Botanical Park, which is open to the public. Its 40 hectares are home to more than three thousand species of flowers and over 50 species of birds, and the park is just one of the reasons why Vina del Mar is known as “The Garden City”.
The sandy dunes and the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean also make for a fascinating and contrasting landscape on Concon Beach, which offers peace, tranquility and gorgeous views.
Places of interest
The residence of the city’s founder, La Quinta Vergara is a large and beautiful park that is now open to the public. Its lush gardens boast a wide variety of plants and flowers, collected by the Vergara family on their trips to Asia, Europe and Australia.
The park also comprises the Palacio Vergara, which houses the Museum of Fine Arts and an open-air amphitheatre that stages the Vina del Mar International Song Festival, the largest of its kind in Latin America.
Opened in 1930, the Casino de Vina is one of the city’s landmarks and one of the best equipped casinos in the world. The building now has a modern and stylish five-star hotel with restaurants that reflect the sheer variety of dishes on offer in a city that looks out to the sea.
One of Vina del Mar’s most distinctive districts, Sausalito is the location of the city’s football stadium, which is named after the suburb it is situated in. The stadium is flanked by a beautiful lake that was formerly known as La Hacienda reservoir, built at a time when water was in short supply.
Local club Everton FC were founded the afternoon of 24 June 1909 by a group of students driven by their passion for sport and its values and ideals. Holding their first board meeting that very day, they decided to name the new institution in honour of the famous English club, who had just completed an outstanding tour of Argentina. With eight league titles now to their name, Everton are Chile’s eighth-most successful club.