Buenos Aires is the most visited city in South America and a gateway top the rest of the continent. Famous for its pristinely preserved Spanish/European-style architecture and rich cultural life, it is often called the Paris of the South.
Strongly influenced by European culture, the city has the busiest live theatre industry in the world and holds the second largest number of cultural festivals worldwide, after Edinburgh, with events and centres for all tastes, including cinema, dance, cuisine, music, sports, fashion, etc.
Buenos Aires is also the home of the Teatro Colón, an internationally rated opera house and there are several symphony orchestras and choral societies based in the city.
The city has numerous museums related to history, fine arts, modern arts, decorative arts, popular arts, sacred art, arts and crafts, theatre and popular music, as well as the preserved homes of noted art collectors, writers, composers and artists. The city is home to hundreds of bookstores, public libraries and cultural associations (it is also sometimes called "the city of books"). It has a world-famous zoo and botanical garden, hundreds of landscaped parks and squares, as well as churches and places of worship of many denominations, many of which are architecturally noteworthy.
There are also many first division football teams playing every weekend in the city, and there is also a bikeshare scheme for cyclists and perfect sailing conditions of the Rio de la plata and in the Delta at Tigre.