by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Explore beautiful Buenos Aires (virtually)

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European splendor meets Latin flair in the city of Buenos Aires. The Argentine capital is known for its magnificent architecture, colorful barrios and the sultry dance known as the tango.

Buenos Aires’s oldest public square, Plaza de Mayo, gets its name from the Argentine Revolution that kicked off on May 25, 1810. The square has become a popular site for public gatherings and protests.

Eva Perón, one of Argentina’s most famous figures, addressed the masses from the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) in Plaza de Mayo during her time as the First Lady of Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s.

No neighborhood is quite as colorful as La Boca, a working class barrio. Take a stroll along Caminito to see the painted wood and sheet metal tenement building.

Porteños take their soccer seriously, and if you live in the city, chances are you’re either a fan of the Boca Juniors or their rivals, River Plate.

Cobbled streets and faded, grand architecture combine to make San Telmo one of the city’s more atmospheric barrios. Come on Sundays when the streets host a lively antiques fair.

Recoleta Cemetery, one of the city’s most visited attractions, feels like its own little city. The eerily beautiful site serves as the final resting place for luminaries like Eva “Evita” Perón.

The sensual tango was born on the streets of Buenos Aires more than a century ago, when largely male dockworkers would gather after hours to drink and show off their fancy footwork.

Grand theaters around town host dance shows, while local dance halls, called 'milongas,' offer an unstaged experience.

Bookworms will find one of the world’s most visually stunning bookstores inside a former theater in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid lives up to its name, with a beautifully preserved dome.

When Pope Francis was a child, he regularly attended mass at the Basílica de San José de Flores. This grand basilica, inaugurated in 1883, is one of many beautiful examples of Catholic architecture in the city.

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A wave of Italian and French immigrants brought with them a strong café culture. For many Porteños (residents of the city), sipping a café con leche with a medialuna (croissant) is a daily ritual.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge), taking inspiration from the tango. It has become a symbol of the Puerto Madero neighborhood.

British immigrants who came to Argentina in the 19th century brought with them the sport of polo. Today, Buenos Aires ranks among the world’s best places to watch the sport.

Hop aboard a train for the short ride to Tigre, a popular riverside getaway. This town on the banks of the Tigre River is known for its network of islands and canals, stilt houses and craft shops.

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