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Head to Buenos Aires for the tango halls and tasty haunts of the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal

Why go?

With its in­fec­tious blend of old Euro­pean grandeur and tango-fu­elled pas­sion, Buenos Aires can’t help but get un­der your skin. And now that bud­get air­line Nor­we­gian has launched di­rect flights to the Ar­gen­tinian cap­i­tal, you can hot-step your way there for far less.

The 19th-cen­tury in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion led to a sud­den boom in Euro­pean mi­grants in Buenos Aires, a le­gacy seen in its French­style palaces and Ital­ian-de­signed Na­tional Congress build­ing. In­tri­cate ar­chi­tec­ture threads its bar­rios (neigh­bour­hoods), many painted in mu­rals (Palermo, San Telmo) or splashed in colours that re­call the way the im­pov­er­ished dock work­ers once daubed their mis­matched homes in paint left over from work (La Boca).

There is a rhythm to the streets here. Tango beats rip­ple from the dance­halls and mi­lon­gas (tango nights), with the San Telmo area the pick of the bunch and filled with dance haunts and artists.

But the real way to the heart of Buenos Aires is via your stom­ach. Ev­ery corner is a car­ni­vore’s dream. Sniff out a par­rilla (grill house) serv­ing up an ar­ray of cuts, and make room for a cone of frozen dulce de leche (sim­i­lar to caramel) as you re­lax in palm­fringed Plaza de Mayo square.

To add an emer­ald streak to your visit, head east to a strip of marsh­land known as Costan­era Sur Wildlife Re­serve. Here, over 150 bird species flit among a lush wilder­ness, as well as igua­nas and river turtles. A wild end­ing to a bud­get Buenos Aires trip.

Where to stay?

Nes­tled in the heart of the artsy Palermo Soho is the Mine Ho­tel (mine­ho­tel.com/en); dou­bles from Us$170pn (£130).

Get there now!

Nor­we­gian will fly four times a week from Lon­don Gatwick to Buenos Aires from 14 Feb. From £579 re­turn; nor­we­gian.com

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