Vitoria, Brazil Cruise Port

Within the Vitória's Bay off of the South Atlantic Ocean is the state of Espírito Santo and the lovely cruise port of Vitória, Brazil. Located on an island separated from the mainland by the Rio (River) Santa Maria, the city was founded in 1551; it suffered multiple attacks from the French, British, and Dutch before finally getting settled by the Portuguese. The United Nations has deemed Vitória Brazil's fourth best place to live, and it's also popular among tourists. As part of the developed southeastern region of Brazil, the city has a wide variety of culture, natural beauty, and plenty of modern amenities to please travelers. It’s also surrounded by beaches and other smaller islands – the archipelago contains no fewer than 34 such islands – providing the perfect warm-weather getaway for those looking for sun and sand. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Vitória, Brazil:
 
  • One of the must-see attractions is the 16th-century convent called O Convento Nossa Senhora da Penha in Vila Velha. A major destination for the faithful at Easter time, the hilltop location also provides a panoramic view of the city; that alone is worth the climb.
     
  • The Botanical Park called Parque Botanico Vale is home to more than 140 species of animals and plants. Five different nature trails allow you to explore this important conservational area; either go it on your own or take a guided tour to learn more of its history and efforts for the future.
     
  • The most amazing historic building in town is the Palacio Anchieta, a former Jesuit college and church. Now the seat of the state government, you can tour the premises and examine 16th-century artefacts and the tomb of missionary Padre José de Anchieta. Its delightful creamy exterior is the stuff that wedding cakes are fashioned after.
     
  • Vitória has a number of beaches, and Praia de Camburi (Camburi Beach) is one of the most popular. Along with designated places for sport in and out of the water, there are nearby restaurants and juice vendors; it's also not far from the city center.

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