"Rosario Connection"

The Ultimate Guide To Rosario's Best Restaurants, Bars, Museums, Activities And City Escapes.

5 restaurant suggestions in Rosario

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Eating out in Rosario is a pleasure!

There is a large selection of restaurants ranging from traditional “Parilla” (barbecued meats) restaurants to trendy music joints and romantics restaurants.

Here are 5 suggestions of places to eat in Rosario, Argentina.

1 -Lova is a nice restaurant and good choice for dinner.

2 – La Marina: Seafood place located very close to the Flag Memorial


3 – La Chernia, el Chucho y La Cholga: Another seafood place with a great menu and nice wine list.


4 – La Estancia – One of the oldests parillas of Rosario, excellente meat and great atmosphere. Good option for large groups.


5 – One of my favourite places in Rosario would be “Refineria” located in Pichincha – neighbourhood close to the centre of Rosario. Parrilla meet fine dining.

If you are planning to eat out on New Year’s Eve, make sure to book a table as early as possible as most restaurants will be fully booked.

Hope you have a nice stay in Rosario!

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30 days before the Dakar in Rosario

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We are now 30 days away from the start of the Dakar Rally in Rosario.

The city of Rosario is busy giving the final touches to many projects such as road improvement near the Flag Memorial, remodelling of the river front area which will host the Dakar Village in order to welcome this international race.

Map Dakar 2014

Some 670 Bikes, Quads, Cars, Trucks  and Support vehicles participating in the race left Le Havre, France on 22nd November 2013 and should arrive in Buenos Aires on 30th of December. Europeans participants and their teams will be arriving in the city of Rosario after being reunited with their vehicles.

Rosario is getting ready to welcome the thousands of spectators expected on 4th and 5th of January 2014. Over 500 volunteers are being trained to welcome and help participants, their teams and visitors and will be located all around the city in many strategic points before and on the start of the rally.

Teams and visitors are now finalizing their arrangements for accommodation, activities and dining in Rosario.  All of the hotels in Rosario are already fully booked and the remaining teams are looking into rentals options.

I am still getting some requests for accommodation and I should be able to help with you with alternatives for hotels and apart-hotels. Indeed, many flat owners in Rosario decided to rent out their own flat during the race to meet the huge demand. I have a selection of 2-/3-bedroom family flats located in the centre of Rosario. Please note that they are not rental holiday units but actual apartments usually inhabited by families but their owners are making arrangements to go somewhere else during the first week of January and welcome people in their homes.

If you are looking for information about what to do in Rosario, where to eat and where to stay, just get in touch and I’ll do my best to help you.

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Finding Accommodation in Rosario for the Dakar

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Hotels and Temporary rentals in Rosario

3 months before the Dakar, all the hotels in Rosario are already fully booked for the first week of January 2014 and many people are still looking for accommodation in Rosario.

However, it is still possible to find somewhere to stay in Rosario for the departure of the Dakar on 5th January 2014.

Temporary apartment in Rosario

In Rosario, there are plenty of apart hotels, hostels and temporary rentals. When eventually everything gets booked in Rosario, I would advise you to check neighboring cities such as Fisherton, Funes, Roldan, Perez, Soldini, Oliveros and even the city of Victoria (60km away).

However, I have a list of apartment rentals still available in the city center. A couple of them are actually

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Rosario Room

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This is a great apartment for short and medium term stays in the city center of Rosario.

Rosario Room

This fully-equipped apartment can host up to 6 persons and also has a parking space.

The rental property has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a large living room and a separate kitchen. It is located within walking distances of the Cordoba pedestrian street, the flag memorial and the City hall.

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The Largest Casino in Latin America

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Did you know that Rosario was home to the largest casino in Latin America?

Until a few years ago, casinos were prohibited in the Province of Santa Fe. Gamblers had to travel to neighbouring provinces such as the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba or Entre Rios to find this kind of entertainment. But as soon as the new gambling law was passed, investors in the city of Rosario did not hesitate to see big.

City Center Rosario

City Center Rosario (Photo – City Center Rosario)

City Center Rosario

In late 2009, City Center Rosario opened its doors to the public and was an instant hit, over 110,000 persons visited the complex in the first two weeks of opening. This huge facility includes a 5 star hotel – Pullman Hotel (one of the 2 in Rosario), a convention center, various restaurants and bars, a small shopping mall and a

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Dakar 2014 will start from Rosario

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“For its 6th edition in South America, the Dakar is continuing its exploration of the Argentinean and Chileans regions, by organising a visit to Bolivia. The 2014 route has been marked out between Rosario in Argentina and Valparaiso in Chile, with the aim of testing the endurance qualities of the Dakar’s drivers and teams.”

Thanks to an international media coverage, with over 70 broadcasters reaching an potential of 1 billion viewers and over 250 journalists from 127 countries, the start of the Dakar will really put Rosario on the map.

Dakar 2014 in Rosario

Click here to read the official Press Kit

For many, it will be the first time they visit Rosario in Argentina and maybe even hear about the city.

However, this is not going to be the first time that Rosario will be mentioned at an international level.

If I say, “the Che”, many of you will know that I am referring to Ernesto “Che” Guevara and you most certainly also heard of Leo Messi, well, both of them were born in Rosario, Argentina.

Also in the sport field, Rosario is also the birthplace of the current Manager of  the FC Barcelona, Gerardo Martino, once saw Maradona playing for one of its football teams, Newel’s Old Boys and finally it is the place where the “Leonas” Argentina women’s national field hockey team won the Women Hockey World Cup in 2010.

The Dakar 2014 starting in Rosario, Argentina on 5th January and finishing in Valparaiso, Chile on 18th January will be one the major sporting event ever seen in Rosario.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need specific information about Rosario or any help with organising your stay in Rosario.

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Who is Gerardo Martino?

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Gerardo Martino, also nicknamed Tata, is an Argentine manager and former football player, who is the current manager of Barcelona. Martino played mostly for Newell’s Old Boys in his native Rosario.

One of the Best

“Barca have got one of the best coaches that has come out of Argentina in recent times, without any doubt.” says Maxi Rodriguez, captain of Newell’s Old Boys, who Martino led to the Argentinian Clausura title last season as well as the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.

Gerardo Martino ( Photo: AP)

Gerardo Martino ( Photo: AP)

Martino considered it “normal” that he was relatively unknown in Europe. His greatest coaching achievements are leading Newell’s Old Boys to the Argentine league title last season and Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2010.

Backed by Messi

“He’s a great coach and his record speaks for itself. He showed he could do things well both at Newell’s and with Paraguay,” Messi said. “I am convinced he will do well at Barca.”

Messi played for Newell’s in his home town of Rosario as a young boy before his move to Spain to join Barcelona’s “La Masia” training academy. The four-time world player of the year has been Martino’s most vocal supporter so far, even though they don’t know each other personally.

The Best Are From Rosario

“The best are from Rosario, Gerardo Martino is from Rosario, Lionel Messi is from Rosario, I’m from Rosario,” joked former Barcelona Coach Cesar Luis Menotti to La Xarxa this week.

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