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Vitoria Travel Guide

Vitoria © Vitor Hugo Campos

Established in 1551 on an island, at the confluence of rivers and ocean, is the riverine island of Vitoria and the capital of Espirito Santo state. Despite an unexpected lack of colonial buildings, Vitoria is a good-looking port city, with a modern, industrial appeal and beautiful, tranquil 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, with the most affluent neighbourhoods situated close to the historical centre.

The locals, known as capixabas, are warm and welcoming to the recent influx of tourists drawn by the flourishing economy, infrastructure, and a booming nightlife and restaurant scene. 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, the meticulously restored Carlos Gomes Theatre and the lovely Pedra da Cebola Park for a stroll and a 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 little villages along the coast.

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