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  • 1 Paraty Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Paraty

    Paraty Bay is dotted with around 60 islands that are covered in lush vegetation. The bay's coastline is often rugged and inaccessible but there are some heavenly beaches with crystalline waters (Saco do Mamanguá, Praia da Lula, Praia da Conceição, Pr..

  • 2 Pinacoteca do Estado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Praça da Luz 2 BR - São-Paulo

    Just next door to Parque Luz, one of São Paulo's few quiet spots, is the Pinacoteca do Estado. The space, which was admirably designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, does full justice to the paintings and sculptures on display, which include masterpieces ..

  • 3 São Paulo Museu Afro-Brasil Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Pedro-Álvares-Cabral - Parque Ibirapuera - Portão 10 BR - São-Paulo 04094 050

    The Museu Afro-Brasil, located in an elegant, light-filled building, opened its doors in 2004. It contains 5 000 very diverse exhibits, which testify to the importance of African culture in Brazil, from the time of slavery to the present day. These r..

  • 4 Igreja São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Av. Otacílio-Negrão-de-Lima - Pampulha 3000 BR - Belo-Horizonte 31365 450

    The astonishing curves of the Igreja São Francisco de Assis (1943) are to be found south of the Pampulha Lake. Apparently it was the sight of women lying on the beach that inspired its designer, Oscar Niemeyer, which presumably explains why the Churc..

  • 5 Praça Tiradentes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Tiradentes BR - Ouro Preto

    The Praça Tiradentes, where the head of the martyred independence fighter of the same name was put on display, is an integral part of any visit to the city of Ouro Preto. Lining the large cobbled square are the former Governors Palace (Museu de Ciênc..

  • 6 Igreja São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Coimbra - Praça de Antônio-Dias BR - Ouro-Preto

    If you only see one church in Ouro Preto, make it the Igreja São Francisco de Assis, the masterpiece of Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Aleijadinho). Two round bell towers stand atop the church, lending a sense of harmony to the whole which stands as testa..

  • 7 Igreja de N. S. do Pilar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça Monsenhor-Castilho-Barbosa BR - Ouro-Preto

    You would never guess from the relatively sober façade of the Igreja de N. S. do Pilar (18C) what treasures lie within its walls. Chandeliers and balconies covered in gold (several hundreds of kilogrammes of precious metal are said to have been neede..

  • 8 Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. da Câmara BR - Tiradentes

    Aleijadinho's final creation is a masterly work. The Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio illustrates the Baroque virtuosity of the master (as if we needed reminding!). He designed the façade and the two bell towers which adorn the building. Before going i..

  • 9 Igreja de São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça Frei-Orlando BR - São-João-del-Rei

    The imposing Igreja de São Francisco de Assis, with its white-washed walls, stands at the end of an avenue lined with royal palms. A showpiece of Baroque art in Minas Gerais, it was designed by Aleijadinho (1774), although his plans were modified. He..

  • 10 Museu Oscar Niemeyer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Mar.-Hermes - Centro Cívico 999 BR - Curitiba

    Oscar Niemeyer himself designed this remarkable museum, which opened in Curitiba in 2002. The prolific architect is most famous for his contribution to the construction of Brasília. He is also responsible for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói..

  • 11 Praia Grande Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Praia Grande

    Praia Grande is a huge deserted and untamed beach, where surfers come to put their skills to the test. One almost feels like Robinson Crusoe run aground in the middle of this huge beach.

  • 12 Brasília-Encantadas on foot Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Brasília

    A stopover on an island tends to tempt travellers to do nothing but relax on the beach. But staying on Ilha do Mel without walking between Brasília and Encantadas, via Praia Grande and Praia do Miguel, would be a wasted opportunity. The best option i..

  • 13 Praia dos Náufragos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Caeira da Barra do Sul

    According to history, two ships transporting 250 colonists from the Azores were wrecked on Praia dos Náufragos in 1753. Only 77 of them are said to have survived. This beach is named after their tragic fate, and is one of the island's loveliest, and ..

  • 14 Lagoa da Conceição Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Florianópolis

    The Lagoa da Conceição, a lagoon located east of Santa Catarina Island, is a real haven. There are mountains to the west, to the east a wide strip of sand separating the lagoon from the Atlantic, to the northwest small beaches hemmed in by hills, and..

  • 15 Praia do Moçambique Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Rio Vermelho

    Praia do Moçambique is a deserted beach, 7.5km long, and the largest on the island. The untamed ocean, with its impressive waves, reigns supreme here. There is nothing to spoil the landscape, not a single hotel, restaurant or bar on the horizon: all ..

  • 16 Porto Alegre Mercado Público Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça 15-de-Novembro BR - Porto-Alegre

    Inaugurated in 1869, this market is a real institution. The smells of smoked meat and fish mingle with those of fruit and maté herb. All imaginable types of chimarrão, metal pots with a straw from which maté is drunk, can also be found here. But visi..

  • 17 Salvador Cidade Alta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça da Sé BR - Salvador

    The Cidade Alta, or Upper Town, is the historical centre of Salvador. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, and its steep cobbled streets, churches, museums and colourful colonial houses have been completely renovated; there is a stron..

  • 18 Igreja and Convento de São Francisco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo Cruzeiro de S. Francisco BR - Salvador

    Wood panelling sculpted with a thousand motifs and heavily gilded... A Baroque profusion decorates the inside of this church, an early 18C masterpiece. The paintings on the ceiling, by José Joaquim da Rocha, as well as the sculpture of St Peter of Al..

  • 19 Pelourinho Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Largo do Pelhourino BR - Salvador

    The Largo do Pelourinho, or Praça José de Alençar, is located in a street in Old Salvador. Its name comes from the pelourinho (pillory) that stood here during colonial times, and it was the place where slaves were punished before the masses. Today, t..

  • 20 Igreja and Convento N. S. do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo do Carmo BR - Salvador

    The Convent of the Carmelites (17C), laid out around two cloisters, is partially occupied by a luxury hotel. It served as a refuge to Dutch forces during the invasion of 1624, as well as for Portuguese troops during Bahia's wars of independence. You ..

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