Holidays to Sao Paulo
São Paulo is a huge city and the capital of the wider São Paulo state. The destination grew rapidly during the 20th century and is now a bustling hive of activity, day and night. With its large immigrant population the city offers a powerful experience with no single personality defining it. Culture is a key part of its appeal however, and it may surprise you that cuisine is also a thriving aspect of the metropolis.
São Paulo’s southern positioning means that winters are mild but can bring rain. Throughout the rest of the year the temperature stays at a comfortable level similar to Rio, a popular beach destination. Summer starts in January and ends around March time, usually reaching 32 degrees Celsius. June and July is the winter period and the driest time of year to visit.
You can fill your São Paulo holiday with a variety of different activities to make sure everyone remembers their stay for the right reasons. With so much to cover, it’s wise to jump on a bike for a day’s tour to take in as much as you can. To experience authentic Brazil, head downtown and seek out Capoeira lessons. Brazil’s footballing brilliance is also well known and you can experience it for yourself at the Museu do Futebol. The museum is hidden away under the Pacaembu Stadium in the heart of the city.
Night-time brings out more of the city’s residents to revel in the party atmosphere. Virtually every base is covered, whether you want an energetic club, sophisticated bar or somewhere a little more authentic and rougher around the edges. Baixo Augusta is a seemingly endless row of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that come alive when the sun goes down. Itaim Bibi is the area for more upscale establishments, while Vila Madalena hosts live Samba bands.
It is accurate to say that São Paulo’s diverse population is reflected in its culinary options. Cuisines of the world are all on offer alongside local dishes you may not have come across before. Dining out can take you to chic underground venues where the bill runs high, or tiny joints with small but carefully designed menus. Look out for barbequed meats known as churrasco, a bean and meat stew called feijoada, and acarajé - fried shrimp pie – to sample the nation’s dishes.
History and architecture
The city’s museums, galleries and religious landmarks educate visitors on the events and people that helped to shape São Paulo and Brazil in general. The Museu Afro-Brasil chronicles five centuries of immigration from Africa. Pinacoteca do Estado is home to Brazilian art dating from the 19th century to the modern day, while Museu de Arte de São Paulo focuses on Western art. The Memorial da América Latina is a memorable landmark composed of arched and angular elements of concrete and glass.
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