São Paulo - FURTHER INFORMATION
São Paulo - São Paulo visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'São Paulo' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from São Paulo.
The capital of São Paulo state, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the largest city in the southern hemisphere globally. The city was founded by Tibiriçá Chief and Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century and flourished through coffee exports until the 20th century when it became more industrialised and is now a major business hub of Latin America.
São Paulo - Tourist AttractionsSão Paulo has plenty to offer visitors, with several major festivals during the year, popular theatres and many museums. It is considered the arts capital of Brazil. Top tourist attractions in São Paulo include:
- Paulista Avenue (Avenida Paulista) - running through the heart of the Paulistanos district, the avenue and surrounding streets contain numerous museums, clubs, night bars, shops and hotels.
- São Paulo Cathedral - commonly referred to as 'Sé', this Neo-Gothic cathedral was built between 1913-53 and is one of the largest neo-gothic cathedrals on earth.
- Parque da Luz - 20th century park with various children's play areas, walks and activities.
- Casa das Rosas / State Art Gallery - decorated inside with glass panels, Belgian floor tiles and Portuguese marble, the building contains the Galeria Estadual de Arte with over 300 works of art by various artists.
- Itália Building - 47-storey building with a viewing platform on the roof 164m above ground.
- Municipal Theatre - built between 1903 and 1911 in a combination of Art Nouveau and Italian Renaissance styles modelled on the Paris Opéra.
- Mosteiro de São Bento - 16th Benedictine monastery with stained glass windows and various 16-17th century decorations.
- Banespa Tower - once the tallest building in São Paulo with an observation deck on the 30th floor, 160m above ground.
- Restaurant Skye in Hotel Unique - as well as serving very good food, this restaurant on the top of the Hotel Unique also offers good views over the city, an excellent choice for night dining.
- São Paulo Jockey Club - contains bars and restaurants with good views over River Pinheiros and ideal for watching the sun set.
- Ibirapuera Park - one of the most popular parks in São Paulo containing several notable attractions inside including the Modern Art Museum, the Biennial Art Exhibition building, the Oca art exhibition pavilion and the Japanese pavilion. The park also has sports facilities, walks, lakes and gardens.
- Parque do Carmo - large park of which 26% is covered by rain forest and also containing over 1000 cherry trees which bloom in August.
- Sao Paulo Historical City Tour - ideal way to get a feel for the city, taking a guided tour round many of the sights and attractions.
- Museu do Ipiranga (Museu Paulista) - history museum near where Emperor D. Pedro I proclaimed the Brazilian independence on the banks of Ipiranga stream.
- Pateo do Collegio (Pátio do Colégio) - built on the site of the founding of the city and containing the Anchieta Museum dedicated to Father José de Anchieta was inaugurated in the Pateo do Collegio.
- Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - found in Jardim da Luz district this is one of the most important art museums in Brazil and it also displays exhibits in the Estação Pinacoteca found in Bom Retiro district.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: There are three main bus terminals; Terminal Rodoviário do Tietê, Terminal Rodoviário da Barra Funda and Terminal Rodoviário de Jabaquara.
Flight: Guarulhos International Aiport (GRU) Viracopos Airport (CPQ) and Congonhas Airport (CGH).
Metrô: São Paulo has a comprehensive Metro system with 5 lines.
Road: São Paulo is about 450km from Rio de Janeiro.