Official language: Portuguese
Time zone: UTC -3
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
In the city, it is worth seeing Monumento aos Ex-Pracinhas da Segunda Guerra Mundial, a monument in honor of soldiers fighting during World War II.
The Christmas festival of Natal de Vitória da Conquista takes place every year between 15th and 25th of December. It is a time when numerous bands and choirs perform on stages.
Shopping Conquista Sul is the biggest shopping mall not only in the city but also in this part of the state. You will find outlets, restaurants, and three movie theaters there.
Vitória da Conquista lies in the state of Bahia in the east of Brazil. The city is situated in a tableland, about 1000 meters above sea level and is famous for one of the lowest average temperatures in the northeast – it sometimes falls below 10°C. The region prides itself on growing excellent aromatic coffee.
The city was established in 1783, after several battles against the native Imboré and Mongoió tribes. Victorious forces were led by João Gonçalves da Costa, born in Portugal. Near the battlefields, he founded the settlement of Arraial da Conquista and began to build a church. The hamlet changed its name several times until the name Vitória da Conquista was officially accepted in 1943.
Start sightseeing the city with a walk around the beautiful square – Praça Tancredo Neves. Be sure to visit Nossa Senhora das Vitórias cathedral, which is situated nearby. If you are interested in the history of fights over those territories and beginnings of the settlement, visit Museu Regional de Vitória da Conquista. In the center, you will also see the beautiful town hall building. Erected in 1921, the building initially served as the headquarters of military police. It was not until 1962 that the city authorities began to function here. You should take some time to admire Solar dos Fonsecas, the residence from the early 20th century, repurchased and restored by the city. Today it houses a conservatoire. Nature lovers should head for Reserva Florestal do Poço Escuro, where lush forests cover 17 hectares of land. To make the sanctuary more tourist-friendly, several routes have been marked out, lighting installed, benches and tables in a rustic style set.
During your stay in the city, you simply have to try the traditional vatapá, which is the African-Brazilian type of puree made with shrimp and fish, locally baked bread, cashew nuts, peanuts, and beans. Moqueca is another popular dish: a fish stew with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and coriander. Acarajé, in turn, is a local example of fast food – it is a pie filled with vatapá. Don’t miss a chance to taste sorpotel, a dish of meat and giblets, which occurs in different varieties. Where to eat? Restaurants of Churrascaria Picanha & Cia and Sabor & Saude both hold our recommendation.