Espora Avenue, Adrogué
|Elevation||24 m (79 ft)|
|Population (2001 census [INDEC])|
|- Density||1.9/km2 (4.9/sq mi)|
|CPA Base||B 1846|
|Area code(s)||+54 11|
At slightly more than 30,000 inhabitants, it is a prominent residential area, with numerous cobbled streets, lush trees and several squares. In addition, it has an important commercial center, with a variety of shops and banks.
In March 1873, Governor Mariano Acosta approved the projected sketch map for this town and named it Almirante Brown. The plan for the map was designed by Nicolás and José Canale, two renowned Italian architects, who included a number of diagonals and squares, which later inspired the urban design for the city of La Plata. The Canales also designed most of the public buildings in Adrogué (the Town Palace, the first church for Saint Gabriel, Castelforte, etc.) and the church of the Inmaculada Concepción in the neighbourhood of Belgrano ("La Redonda").
Hotel Las Delicias was inaugurated on December 1, 1872. It had been previously Esteban Adrogué's private residence, but he decided to turn it into a hotel in response to the wealthy families looking for a place to settle down in the area with the intention of building country houses, and his wish to turn this place into a summer resort. Thus, in 1873, Hotel Las Delicias was the preferred summer shelter of notable Argentines. To visit and stay there was at that time a respected distinction. Sarmiento, president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874, was one of those who enjoyed its amenities. The name of the hotel was conferred by Mr. Ochoa, friend of Esteban Adrogué, who exclaimed before its splendor, "this is a delight" (delicia is Spanish for delight).
Most recently, on the corner where the Hotel Las Delicias building was situated, there is a state school called Colegio Nacional Almirante Brown (Almirante Brown National School). This is where the Coro del Colegio Nacional de Adrogué (Almirante Brown National School Choir), entirely comprised by students of the school, rehearses. Both the school and the choir have national prominence and are supported by the community and authorities of Adrogué.
The city is named after its founder, Esteban Adrogué, who also founded Lomas de Zamora and donated lands for the installation of the train station, town hall, main square and other important buildings.
He suggested that the train station be called Almirante Brown, but since that name had already been used and it was customary to name a station after its land donor, it was finally called Adrogué station. As a matter of fact, for more than 100 years, the city was officially called Almirante Brown, a name used only for official purposes, until a law stated that the name Adrogué should be used for this locality in the late 1990s.
Notable natives and inhabitants of the city include:
The layout of the squares in Adrogué follows that of Fleet Admiral Brown's ships, and the squares are named after the corresponding ship's commander.
The two local theaters, Cine Adrogué and Cine Argentino, were closed down around the beginning of the 1990s. One of them was turned into a shopping mall, which went into bankruptcy about a year after opening its doors and finally became the House of Culture. The other one houses a Protestant church. Some years later, a 10-screen Cinemark complex was built at the Boulevard Shopping mall, a fact that allowed the city to have local theaters again.
Adrogué is located 23 km south of the City of Buenos Aires. With slightly more than 30,000 inhabitants, it stands out as a distinguished residential area, with numerous cobbled streets, lush trees and several squares. In addition, it has an important commercial center, with a variety of shops and bank entities, and a shopping mall.
The best seasons of the year to visit Adrogué are the spring and the summer, because the the city looks really green. The lush trees cast some sort of an arcade over the streets, which makes a beautiful picture. The stillness and peacefulness of the city are an ideal contrast for the chaotic downtown.
Adrogué is not a common tourist destination, but it's worth a visit. The place is safe, but traveling to and from downtown after midnight is just not nice.
Getting in by train is the easiest way to make your way to Adrogué if you're coming from the City of Buenos Aires. From the Constitución train station, you should take a train going either to stations Glew or Alejandro Korn (normally leaving from either platform 4 or 5). You can get from Downtown Buenos Aires to Constitución using the C line of the subway (subte).
A one-way ticket from Constitución to Adrogué costs ARS 0.70 (about USD 0.20) and a return ticket costs ARS 1.40 (about USD 0.40).
The trip from Constitución to Adrogué takes 28 minutes (it may take longer in the rush hour). Adrogué is the ninth station from Constitución. The order of the stations is: Constitución - Hipólito Yrigoyen - Avellaneda - Gerli - Lanús - Remedios de Escalada - Banfield - Lomas de Zamora - Temperley - Adrogué.
The first train from Constitución to either Glew or Alejandro Korn leaves at around 5 am and the last train from Adrogué to Constitución leaves at around midnight.
It is not recommended to travel by train as it is usually crowded, and security and cleanliness on the coaches are poor.
Buses in Argentina are called colectivos. The bus will usually take longer than the train because it makes more detours. However, this will depend on the traffic. The advantage is that buses normally run around the clock.
Near Constitución station you can take any bus 79 except the one which goes to San José (it takes a different route and don't make it to Adrogué).
From Correo Central, close to the Pink House, you can take bus 74.
Bus 160 will also take you to Adrogué from Ciudad Universitaria (UBA campus), Palermo or Jorge Newbery Airport (Aeroparque).
In all cases, you should ask the driver to tell you where to get off.
The ticket costs ARS 1.35 (about USD 0.40) and can only be paid with coins (no banknotes!). Remember to get some before taking the bus.
Getting to Adrogué by bus may take from 1h15min to 1h30min.
Vans are often called Combis in Argentina. There is a private Combi service traversing from Teatro Colón in the City of Buenos Aires to Adrogué and beyond. The trip usually costs ARS 5.00 (about USD 1.50) and is by far the most comfortable way to travel.
You should reserve your place in advance. The trip takes about 1h, and may take up to 1h20min during rush hours.
A taxi from the City of Buenos Aires (from the Obelisk, for example) to Adrogué costs about ARS 30 (about USD 10). This is a good option if you're visiting Adrogué in a group of 3 or 4 people. The trip may take from 50 minutes to 1h15min depending on traffic conditions.
You can go from the Obelisco in Buenos Aires to Adrogué taking 9 de Julio avenue to the south, then 9 de Julio Sur freeway, and taking Pavón/Yrigoyen avenue. Adrogué starts approximately at 12.500 Yrigoyen avenue.
If you are interested in architecture, you'll like the houses in Adrogué. Some nice-looking houses are on Seguí street, for example.
Some of Adrogué's earliest residences are still preserved. They were usually built in French, Italian or English style, and they served as summer houses for many of Buenos Aires wealthiest families between 1870 and 1930. Some of the best examples are the Adrogué Tennis Club, former residence of city founder Esteban Adrogué (Macías & Sánchez streets), the St. Michael's School (Uriburu street & St. Michael's alley)and the former Aráoz Castex residence (Seguí & Avellaneda streets), among others.
There are many parks and squares. Some squares are actually rotaries. The main square is Plaza Brown. The town hall, the curch of Saint Gabriel, and a religious school (Colegio del Carmen) are located opposite to it. Connected to it by diagonals are the Bynnon, Espora, Cerreti and Bouchard squares. The square next to the train station is Plaza San Martín.
In the commercial area there's the so-called House of Culture (Casa de la Cultura), with different expositions and plays.
The Boulevard shopping mall is located in Adrogué. You can get there with bus 318 (will leave you close to it) or by taxi (remise).
The restaurants are located in or close to the commercial center, which in turn is located a few meters east of the train station. All of them offer good service, good-quality food and fair prices. Some of the most renowned restaurants are:
All the restaurants also serve drinks and work as bars. There are also many pubs and bars like La Maja, Bernie's, Franz, Cándida, Havanna, Satchmo's, La Bikina, La Colorada and more. There are also a few tea houses.
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