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  • 1 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    The original church was destroyed by a fire in 1788 and has been replaced by this Rococo building (1803).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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Fernando de Noronha Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Vila dos Remédios

    With its exceptional marine park and beaches with crystalline waters, Fernando de Noronha is a dream destination. The 21 little islands located in the Atlantic, approximately 500km from Recife, have been counted among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites si..

  • 8 Fernando de Noronha Beaches Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Fernando de Noronha

    The beaches of Fernando de Noronha are all so sublime that you will be spoilt for choice! Bathe in the crystalline waters of the Baía dos Porcos, dive in the waters of Baía do Sueste to meet the turtles, watch the surfing championships at Cacimba do ..

  • 9 Jericoacoara Lagoons Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Jericoacoara

    Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Paraíso are in fact just one lagoon: the Lagoa de Jijoca (30km 2), which lies 10km south of Jeri. You can take a buggy to the fine-sand beaches and enjoy their discreet facilities: straw huts where grilled fish is served, colo..

  • 10 Praia Grande Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rua Portugal BR - São Luís

    Praia Grande is one of the three areas making up the historical centre of São Luís, which offers attractions at every turn. You can purchase crafts and local specialities (such as tiquira, manioc liqueur, or dried prawns) at the Mercado das Tulhas, s..

  • 11 Casa do Nhôzinho Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Portugal - Praia Grande 185 BR - São-Luís

    Fish traps, huts, basketwork, figurines for the highly festive Bumba-meu-Boi folk procession that were made by Nhôzinho himself (he also made beautiful toys), looms, cotton fabrics... From crafts and traditional homes to everyday objects, all the div..

  • 12 Casa do Maranhão Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. do Trapiche BR - São-Luís

    The Bumba-meu-Boi is a museum located within the Casa do Maranhão and is dedicated to one of the richest folklores of the Maranhão, covering all its stages and its five regional variants or sotaques. These can be seen in the costumes, rhythms and the..

  • 13 Casa da Festa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. do Giz 221 BR - São-Luís

    Afro-Brazilian rites and dances hold an important place in the religious life of the Maranhense. Through models, photos and objects, the Casa da Festa presents the oldest terreiros (places of worship) in the state, Casa das Minas and Casa de Nagô, wh..

  • 14 Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranheses Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Barreirinhas

    White sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see, interspersed with turquoise-blue rainwater lagoons... The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (a nature reserve since 1981), which stretches over 155 000ha, is unlike anywhere else in the world; th..

  • 15 Three Powers Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça dos Três Poderes BR - Brasília

    The Monumental Axis comes to an end on the east side of Praça dos Três Poderes. Three buildings devoted respectively to the executive (the Palácio do Planalto), the legislative (the Congresso Nacional, actually a triptych of buildings) and the judici..

  • 16 Palácio da Alvorada Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    BR - Brasília

    The Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence of the President of Brazil, is one of Oscar Niemeyer's major works. The palace is famous for its columns, which lend it an elegance that is in stark contrast with the monumentalism that tends to prevail..

  • 17 Palácio do Itamaraty Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    BR - Brasília

    The Itamaraty Palace, which houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is one of Niemeyer's most outstanding architectural accomplishments. Surrounded by pools and greenery, the façade composed of long vertical arches fronts a rectangular glass structur..

  • 18 Catedral Metropolitana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Esplanada dos Ministérios - lote 12 BR - Brasília 70050 000

    This cathedral, architect Oscar Niemeyer's masterpiece, is a monument that soars towards the sky in a design that perfectly sublimates the Christian faith. The 16 columns curving inwards hardly seem to touch the ground. Inside, the stained-glass wind..

  • 19 Brasília TV Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eixo Monumental BR - Brasília

    The Torre de TV is the tallest monument in Brasília (224m). A lift takes you halfway up the tower to a platform from which the panoramic views help you gain a better understanding of the city's layout. Photographers should go up at the end of the day..

  • 20 Santuário Dom Bosco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    W3Sul - Quadra 702 BR - Brasília

    Imagine a church where the comparative size of the walls and windows is reversed, with the effect that the church appears to be practically all windows. That vision was made a reality by the brilliant architect Vasconcelos Naves. The Santuário Dom Bo..

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