Attractions in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo visitors have access to a treasure
trove of historical attractions, from world-class museums and art galleries to
breath-taking cathedrals and architectural grounds, all waiting to be explored.
Therefore, why not commence your holiday to Sao Paulo with a visit to the Latin
America Memorial, a cultural monument packed with artwork, sculptures and a
unique ‘creativity pavilion’? Other worthwhile visits include the popular Museu
do Ipiranga, which hosts a memorable collection of paintings, documents and
furniture, and the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, renowned for having the finest
collection of Western art in Latin America.
Of course, as a fast-developing city, not all
of Sao Paulo’s attractions are focused on arts and culture. The city also
offers a wealth of alternative options, such as Sao Paulo Aquarium, the largest
aquarium in Latin America, and Sao Paulo Zoo, which attracts in the region of
1.6 million visitors each year.
Shopping is another favourite pastime of
locals and tourists alike, with more than 70 different malls in Sao Paulo,
including the likes of Eldorado, Ibirapuera, Iguatemi, Morumbi and Patio
Higienópolis. Other shopping destinations will also focus on specific products,
from the furniture stores on Rua Teodoro Sampai and electronic markets on Rua
Santa Ifigênia to wholesale clothing outlets on Rua José Paulino and cosmetic
stores in the Liberdade neighbourhood.
A premium has also been placed on creating a
diverse social scene with exciting nightclubs, bars and theatres in Sao Paulo.
Therefore, after completing your retail therapy, how about winding down with a
trip to one of the city’s 12,000+ restaurants, which offer a variety of
mouth-watering cuisine? From
irresistible local delicacies such as barbecued ‘churrascarias’ meat and
homemade ‘feijoada’ stews, right through to Lebanese, Portuguese, Japanese,
French and Italian fare, you will be spoilt for choice.
Events in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is world-renowned for hosting one
of the greatest carnivals on earth, normally in February or March each year. Ever
since the first edition was held in 1914, the event has developed into a lively
showcase of the city’s extravagance, passion and charisma. Book your Sao Paulo
holiday to coincide with the five-day festival, where locals (known as
‘paulistas’) and tourists unite to celebrate life, with street parties, outdoor
parades, musical concerts and, naturally, a generous amount of samba dancing
and outlandish costumes.
Other high-profile events are held through
the year, including the Formula 1 Brazil Grand Prix Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Fashion Week, ATP Brasil Open, Sao Paulo Art Biennial, and the Sao Paulo Indy
As a global hotspot for sporting enthusiasts, Sao
Paulo is also considered the birthplace of Brazilian football, after it was
introduced to the sport by British descendent Charles Miller in 1893. Currently
home to three powerful football clubs, the Arena de Sao Paulo will host the
opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup, in addition to five other games at the