Puerto Madero's iconic ‘Puente de la Mujer’ (Women’s Bridge), is the neighbourhood's dramatic centerpiece. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava in 2001, the bridge represents the movement of a man leaning over a woman as they dance tango.
Situated along the Rio de la Plata in a former commercial docks, tranquil Puerto Madero is the city’s youngest barrio and a major gastronomic and business hub. Along the canals, former industrial warehouses have been converted into elegant bars, eateries and offices, in one of the most successful urban waterfront restoration projects in the world.
Despite its many skyscrapers, the area makes a calming contrast to the bustle of the city centre, and its riverside walkways and green parks make it perfect for strolling, cycling or lingering over coffee and pastries in a riverfront cafe.
Curious fact: Look closely and you’ll see that many streets in Puerto Madero are named after famous Argentine women; from Cecilia Grierson, a pioneering doctor and female rights activist, and the first woman in South America to earn a medical degree (1889), to Azucena Villaflor, the founder of the "Madres de Plaza de Mayo" movement, dedicated to searching for the ‘desaparecidos’, victims of forced disappearance during the Dirty War.
Learn more about BA's other famous barrios in the Barrios (Neighbourhoods) section.