By night the streets are thronging with partygoers, and by day the sights, vineyards, coastline and mountains are all within easy reach of Chile’s vibrant capital city. Take advantage of British Airways’ new direct flight from London and experience Santiago for yourself. Local writer, Sarah Gordon, shares her tips for 48 hours in the city.
British Airways’ new flight route to Santiago touches down at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport at 09:00 (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays), giving you a whole day to make the most of the capital’s sunny weather.
Head to your hotel first, drop off your bags and freshen up. If you want to be in the heart of the action, try The Singular, a luxurious property tucked among the many eateries of the Lastarria district. Alternatively, the glitzy skyscrapers of trendy Las Condes are where you will find the InterContinental and W Hotel, while the Grand Hyatt is a little further out but within walking distance of one of Alonso de Cordoba, the city’s most stylish shopping streets.
The Lastarria district sits right next to Santa Lucia Hill, a beautiful hilltop park where bougainvillea tumbles down the walls of an old 19th-century fort
12:30 – Relax and refuel
The grand early 20th century buildings and winding lanes of the Lastarria district were long forgotten until a foodie scene took hold about five years ago. Grab a pavement table at Sur Patagónico and watch the world go by as you eat lamb, beef or venison cooked on the parrilla (grill) washed down with an artisan beer.