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There was a time when only fishermen inhabited it. Then, little by little tourists began to learn of the dogfish and the area began to grow. Today, the magic is still untouched.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point

There is no way to define Punta del Diablo. It may be said that it is a ďpicturesque fishing town that ends at the seaĒ. It is true that before ending at the devilish blue sea, the town gets tangled in its streets, roaming up and down the hills. A variety of options can be seen by tourists and this makes them feel at home.

Wind, rustic architecture that embraces and transforms everything it touches, beautiful beaches and rocks, coexisting with fishermen and seduce everyone who reaches that place and may decide to stay. On a huge rocky outcrop which goes into the sea, there is the statue of a virgin that brings hope and good omen to all the fishermen who go into the sea everyday in search of big sharks. This is what has made this fishery so famous.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point

The town gets tangled in its streets, roaming up and down the hills. A variety of options can be seen by tourists and this makes them feel at home.

When the fishermen encounter these big fish, they get, apart from the meat they sell to the restaurants and bars in the town, big vertebra and jawbones that end up embellishing some of the crafts stalls of the local market by the sea.

For years, the craftsmen have been able to set up their stalls in Punta del Diablo to show the visitor everything they can make with what the sea provides them every day: winkles, shark teeth, starfish and of course, many unusual things.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point


Excursions You Cannot Miss

One of the traditional sightseeing tours around Punta del Diablo is going along the beach towards Cerro La Viuda (The Widowís Hill), as it is widely known for its history. The tour can be done on foot or by renting a carriage pulled by horses that leaves from town and gets to this destination in a few minutes.

The most popular beaches are La Brava, with huge and restless waves, and La Mansa which is calmer because it rests in a protected small bay.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point

Young surfers prefer the fierceness of the sea while children, advised by their parents, choose the calmness of La Mansa, which on its best days becomes a small calm seawater lake. In both, it is possible to observe how several organisms from the ocean live among the many rock formations mainly when the tide is low: seaweed, octopus, mollusks and even tiny fish that can be seen at first sight.


Fresher Fish

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point

Various bars and cozy restaurants offer day specialties or regular meals for dinner. The classic dishes are: shark empanadas, and seaweed fritters, along with the dishes prepared with huge crabs and prawns that sometimes fill the boats.

For many, the main attraction of Punta del Diablo are its fishermen and its big sharks. When the weather is nice, the fishermen set out to sea at dawn in their old and colorful boats and fish until the early afternoon to be back before dusk.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point

If everything turns out well, they get back to the shore and start filleting what they have caught during the trip. They sell it at once by crying "fresh fish" to the hundreds of tourists who are always waiting for them. If they have had a bad day, it could be because the devil flapped its tail, but the next day they would certainly get their revenge. They still would have to thank God for being safe and sound. Fishing, as it has been for thousands of years, is still a matter of luck.

City tour around Punta del Diablo Devilís Point
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Lying at the 300th kilometer marker on Route 9, which starts in Montevideo, Punta del Diablo belongs to Rocha County and is located 140 kilometers from Punta del Este and 60 kilometers away from La Pedrera.


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