While the department of Rocha is a popular area full of great beach towns, the city of Rocha is a fairly boring administrative capital, not any kind of tourist destination. If you're not travelling for business, you're most likely to end up here when changing buses to get from one beach town to another.
Buses are available from Montevideo and from other cities in the area. Rocha doesn't have a bus terminal, so instead buses stop at the Plaza Independencia, which is surrounded by offices of the various bus companies. A bus terminal is under construction.
- 1 Plaza Independencia, between Ramírez, 25 de Agosto, Artigas, and 25 de Mayo. No Uruguayan city is complete without a centrally located plaza that includes a statue of national hero José Artigas. At this one, unlike most, there are streets pointing directly towards the center of the plaza from all four directions, so if you stand in the middle it looks kind of cool (at least a good photo opportunity).
- 2 Teatro 25 de Mayo, 25 de Mayo and Dagoberto Vaz Mendoza, ✉ email@example.com. Historic theater on the Plaza Independencia, built in 1910.
- 3 Iglesia Nuestra Señora De Los Remedios (on the Plaza Independencia).
- 1 Plaza Ansina, Ansina and 18 de Julio. Plaza with stands selling clothes, snacks, and miscellaneous items, including a few that would make decent souvenirs.
- 1 El Pato, 25 de Mayo and Julián Graña, ☏ . Elegant restaurant with a brick interior and mood lighting. Service is a little slow, so it's better to go up to the cashier to pay rather than paying at your table. $300–500.
- 2 City Café, José P Ramírez and José A Ribot (on the Plaza Independencia), ☏ . Typical Uruguayan fare, including tasty pizza.
As usual in Uruguay, free but unreliable public wifi is available at the Plaza Independencia. Use the network "plaza independencia".