Official language: Portuguese
Time zone: UTC-3 (summer), UTC-2 (winter)
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Vitória can be a great starting point for one day trips to towns such as Guarapari, Domingos Martins or Serra. The road takes not more than two hours by car.
In Paneleiras de Goiabeiras you can see, how are produced famous all around the world panelas de barro, earthen vessels. There is a shop on the spot.
The best Brazilian chocolate is hand-made at manufacturer Garoto’s near Vila Velha. Each day there are 90-minutes long trips with a guide available.
Located on the south-eastern shore of Brazil, the capital of Espírito Santo region, is a city with colonial roots and a modern look. It is famous not only for beautiful beaches, but also many neat parks and local culture, as well as hospitality of its citizens, called capixabas.
Vitória is the city of modern architecture, marvellous beaches and numerous bars, restaurants. Monuments are located on an island, which you can reach via one of many bridges. What is worth seeing there? Surely the cathedral from the 16th century, Catedral Metropolitana and the oldest sacral building in the city, Capela de Santia Luzia, that is situated in close distance. Interesting are also, dated back to the 16th century, buildings of Franciscan convent Convento da Penha located on a hill just by the Third Bridge (Terceira Ponte) in Vila Velha. You can admire from there the most beautiful panorama of the city. A must see is also Anchieta Palace, a baroque premises of Jesuits, now serving as local government headquarters, in which every day free trips with a guide are available.
Staying in Brazil, you will for sure want to go to the beach. The favourite place of locals is Praia da Costa in Vila Velha, where you can swim and surf with a view for huge container ships entering a port. The neighbourhood of Praia do Canto and Praia do Camburí offers perfect infrastructure – many shops, bars and restaurants. Vitória also offers possibility of spending time in one many neat urban parks, for e.g. park Moscoso, where most eagerly spend their time capixabas.
When you get hungry, go to area of Praia do Canto, where by a few street you will find enormous choice of restaurants and bars of any kind. If you are into culinary trips, make sure to ask about moqueca, seafood, pieces of fish in sauce made from coconut milk and torta capixana, which is frittata with seafood, olives and hearts of palm trees. The best one you can get on an island Ilha das Caieiras, as well as in the centre, for instance in spots like Pirão, Geraldinho or São Pedro.