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Porto Alegre: Things You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Porto Alegre means Joyful Harbor. Visiting this place made me realize that this city is nothing like the other cities in Brazil. I wandered around the urban parks of Porto Alegre, the rich cultural sites, and trendy neighborhoods. Here are some things that you should not miss out on when you are in Porto Alegre.

  • Metropolitan Cathedral

No doubt, this is the most iconic attraction you will find here. It is positioned in the middle of the city. You simply cannot miss out on the architectural landmark. Around the cathedral, there are mosaics that depict the religious figures like Pope Pius, Mary, and St. Peter. The altar has a splendid sculpture of Virgin Mary.

  • Public Market

The large public market is an excellent place to spend your afternoon. However, you need to keep in mind that you might require the entire afternoon or more for covering the market. I shopped my heart out in this local market.

  • Museum of Art

Commonly called Margs is an attraction that is not be missed, particularly if you are an art lover. The museum opens at 10 am and displays a rotating work gallery. There are contemporary to traditional abstract art pieces. In case you are lucky, you can witness some musical performance. There isn’t any entrance fee to the museum.

  • Arena Do Gremio

Are you a sports lover? You will surely know about this arena. This is because it has hosted many matches over the years. In the year 2012, Zidane and Ronaldo squared the Match against Poverty. France and Brazil in the year 2013 have played a display match that drew massive cheering crowds. Apart from sides, the Arena chose this venue for festivals and music events.

  • Parque Farroupilha

The famous park is frequented by tourists, as well as locals to take a walk, sunbathe, play sports, and have a picnic. In the large ground is a lake that offers pedal boat facilities, a little zoo, and an amusement park.

Sao Vicente: Relax In The Lap Of Nature

A few days back I visited the tropical heaven of Sao Vicente. I spent my time exploring the various attractions the place has to offer. Apart from the beaches, there are also some historical monuments. I spend time discovering the natural lagoons of the island that offers various great conditions for water sports such as windsurfing, swimming, and snorkeling. You can take a tour of the nearby island with the help of a ferry. Here are the places that you can visit when you are in Sao Vicente.

  • Calhau

This is a small fishing village. From Mindelo, it takes around 30 minutes to reach this place. During the week, the place is almost empty. A tourist does not frequent this place. There might be some surfers patiently waiting for the ideal wave. However, it is better to visit on a Sunday because there are some excellent fish restaurants. I had a Sunday brunch and the food was unforgettably delicious.

  • Monte Verde

Till now it is the best hiking trail to be found in Monte Verde. This is the highest mountains which live up to its name. As a matter of fact, it is one of the mountains with lush greenery. A paved road will take you up the peak that is covered in parabolas and antennas. It is easy to hike and you will take about 2 hours in order to reach the peak. The top offers a panoramic view of Sao Vicente. For me, this was a great way to disconnect from the tumult of the city.

  • Sao Pedro

This is a great getaway destination for the local people. The beach is large and mostly empty. Sao Pedro has managed to preserve its fishing atmosphere. Moreover, it is popular for its ideal condition of windsurfing. You can rent boards at the station but make sure you have experienced since the winds are pretty strong.