Gatwick destination guide - Buenos Aires

Earlier this year, Gatwick became the first airport in the UK to offer a low-cost service to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.

We decided to take a closer look at the “Paris of South America” to find out why it’s such a great place for Gatwick passengers to visit.

About Buenos Aires

Dubbed by the Guardian as “the most sophisticated city in Latin America”, Buenos Aires is the capital and most populated city of Argentina, with around 2.8 million residents.

And thanks to low cost long-haul airline Norwegian, it’s a destination which is now available for Gatwick Airport passengers to fly to directly, more affordably than ever before.

What to do in Buenos Aires

Free walking tours are available from various guides, who give up their time to share the charms of their home city with visitors.  The city actually claims to have the world’s longest street, at 23 miles (but the guides won’t make you walk that far, fortunately!). Find out more here:

Argentina is, of course, famous for its tango, so there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the city’s culture than through the medium of dance. Hoy Milonga runs classes for beginners so you can brush up your technique before attending an authentic milonga – tango night. Find out more here:

What to see in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is steeped in culture and its many museums and galleries are free or very cheap to visit.

The Centro Cultural Kirchner offers exhibits, opera recitals and tango dance classes all free of charge, while the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (or Mamba) brings contemporary modern art to a former tobacco factory.

The city's famous parks are truly spectacular, so you can take time out from bustling city life to get back to nature.

How to get around Buenos Aires

Use the easily navigable Subte subway network to get from place to place affordably, or hop on the cheap and cheerful colectivo, or public bus, as they run 24 hours and cover all parts of the city.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can hire bikes for free to travel across town via 180km of cycle lanes. What better way to see the city?

What to eat in Buenos Aires

Famous for its steak, meat lovers will relish in the plentitude of parrilla (BBQ) joints and carnivorous street food available throughout the city.

However, the city was actually named Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomy 2017, so there’s plenty more than meat to tickle your tastebuds.

Empanadas can be found everywhere, and these tasty pastry pockets come with a range of delicious savoury fillings. 

A steady stream of European immigrants has had a big impact on the city’s cuisine - make sure you check out the cheese-fest that is an Argentinian-style pizza, dripping with mozzarella on a thick base, as well as some of the world's best ice cream.

And if your sweet tooth isn't satisfied by that, try an alfajores - two cookies sandwiched together with dulce de leche in the middle, dusted with coconut and often dipped in chocolate. 

Nightlife in Buenos Aires

BA has a thriving café culture, but its nightlife is where the real fun is to be had. It starts late, with porteños (literally – people of the port, the name given to local residents) regularly going for dinner at 1am after a trip to the theatre. 

Most boliches, or nightclubs, don’t open until 2am and many stay open until 7am, with an eclectic range of musical genres on offer to suit all night owls.

When is the best time to visit Buenos Aires?

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Buenos Aires as the weather is perfect and there’s a lot to do, including ArteBA, Latin America’s biggest contemporary art fair, which takes place in May.

If you choose to visit Buenos Aires in autumn, you’ll be in for a visual treat, as the thousands of jacaranda trees turn the city bright purple in November, while pink and yellow lapachos are in bloom in September and October.

Direct flights to Buenos Aires from the UK

Gatwick is currently the only airport in the UK to offer direct, low-cost flights to Buenos Aires, with affordable fares start from £259.90 for a one-way trip.

Award-winning low-cost carrier Norwegian operates four weekly non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport.