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Vitoria Travel Guide

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Vitoria © Vitor Hugo Campos

Established in 1551 on an island, at the confluence of rivers and ocean, Vitoria has long been the capital of Espirito Santo state. Despite an unexpected lack of colonial buildings, Vitoria is a good-looking port city, with a modern, industrial sort of appeal and some lovely beaches. What is left of the original old city can be explored on the island, connected to the rest of the metropolitan area by bridges, and the most affluent neighbourhoods are close to the historical centre.

The locals, known as 'capixabas' are warm and welcoming and the city is on the up, with a flourishing economy, a booming nightlife and restaurant scene, and good tourist infrastructure. Vitoria scores very highly for quality of life by Brazilian standards, and boasts all the amenities visitors could desire.

The best beaches in Vitoria include the beautiful Praia da Costa in neighbouring Vila Velha, and the Canto and Camburi beaches to the north. Other attractions include the ornate Palacio Anchieta, the old Governor's Palace, and the meticulously restored Carlos Gomes Theatre. The lovely Pedra da Cebola Park is a pleasant place to stroll and picnic.

Espirito Santo lacks high-profile tourist attractions, but as a result the state is less crowded, less commercialised and often cheaper than many others in Brazil - a good option for those seeking an authentic, laid-back holiday exploring the little villages along the coast.

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