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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Iguaçu Falls Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Iguaçu

    The Iguaçu Falls, 18km east of Foz do Iguaçu, are indisputably one of the most beautiful wonders in the world. 275 roaring waterfalls surge into a canyon whose sides can reach a height of 80m and which has a breadth of nearly 4km! Most of the waterfa..

  • 7 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.

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ladeira-do-Carmo BR - Salvador

    The original church was destroyed by a fire in 1788 and has been replaced by this Rococo building (1803). The showpiece of the Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo, is a cedar carving of Christ (1730), inlaid with rubies to represent 2 000 droplets of b..

  • 16 Salvador Museu de Arte Sacra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. do Sodré 276 BR - Salvador 40060 240

    Housed in the former convent of Santa Teresa de Ávila (17C), the Museu de Arte Sacra has a substantial collection of 17C and 18C works. All the main names of Bahian colonial art feature: Frei Agostinho da Piedade, José Joaquim da Rocha, and his disci..

  • 17 Boipeba Island Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Velha-Boipeba

    Ilha Boipeba, more authentic than Morro de São Paulo, is the southernmost island of the Tinharé archipelago. In the rustic little town of Velha Boipeba, a posto telefônico serves as an information office for travellers. On the outskirts of the villag..

  • 18 Parque National da Chapada Diamantina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Lençóis

    This national park covering 1 500km2 at the heart of the Serra do Sincóra has unique vegetation and a number of remarkable spots, including the impressive Cachoeira de Fumaça, a 380m-high waterfall; the breathtaking Poço Encantado, a turquoise-blue u..

  • 19 Capela Dourada Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. do Imperador-D.-Pedro-II BR - Recife 50010 240

    A Rococo gem, the stunning "Golden Chapel" (1697) evokes the golden age of the religious orders in Pernambuco. Inside, its decor reveals a breathtaking array of golden sculptures, arabesques and finely cabled balustrades. On the walls and c..

  • 20 Convento de São Francisco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. de São-Francisco 280 BR - Olinda

    Colonial times are characterised by the remarkable religious buildings whose splendour is reminiscent of such edifices in Portugal, Italy or Spain. The Franciscans were no exception and their Convento de São Francisco, the first in Brazil, boasts sum..

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