Porto Alegre, a joyous destination

Discover Porto Alegre before you take off

State capital of the Rio Grande do Sul and the largest city in southern Brazil, Porto Alegre is located between the Rio Guaiba and several hills thickly covered in vegetation. Literally the "joyful port", Porto Alegre is home to around 1.5 million inhabitants, making it the 10th largest city in the country. Founded in 1742 by Portuguese immigrants, the city has become one of Brazil's main industrial and commercial centres. Its principal economic activity is the export of soya, meat, rice and leather. Porto Alegre's climate varies with the four seasons. In summer (December to March) it is very hot, around 35°. In winter, from June to September, the temperature can fall to 0°. Porto Alegre is at the geographical centre of the principal routes in the Southern Cone, equidistant from Buenos Aires , Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro .
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Unmissable sights in Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is a destination which offers a wide range of activities for all tastes. Considered the country's greenest city, Porto Alegre offers nine large city parks and a biological reserve near the beach in the Lami quarter. In particular, you will be able to observe a wide variety of birds. Nature lovers will be charmed by the morros, the hills surrounding the city of Porto Alegre. One of the best known, the morro Santana is the highest point in the city. On Sundays, don't miss the Brique da Redenção, a large artisanal fair held in the Parque da Redenção, the largest park in the city. For an unbeatable view of the sun setting over Porto Alegre, head for the Usina do Gasômetro. From this former electricity generator, by Lake Guaiba, you can reach the city port, where a boat will take you on a trip to the many islands the length of the lake. Are you interested in architecture? Then take a walk along the Rua dos Andradas and admire the old buildings dating from the time of the empire. And if you like museums, there are several in Porto Alegre:
  • The science and technology museum
  • The Rio Grande do Sul art museum
  • The Iberê Camargo museum
  • The military museum
Finally, you mustn't miss the Mercado Público during your stay in Porto Alegre: it offers regional produce as well as exhibitions and concerts.

Useful information for your trip to Porto Alegre

There is a time difference of 4 hours between Porto Alegre and London : when it is 8 AM in London, it is 4 AM in Porto Alegre. In Porto Alegre, the currency is the Brazilian national currency, the real. People tend to go out later in Porto Alegre than in the United Kingdom: generally the nightlife starts at 10 PM. But if you plan on going to a discotheque, aim to be there before midnight as there can be long queues later on. Getting around Porto Alegre is easy thanks to an efficient public transport network. Metro, buses and taxis are all available to get you quickly from one place to another. The Porto Alegre year is punctuated by several festivals: in September, Farroupilha week brings the city to life with its traditional dances, while in February, the Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes festival brings a stream of fishing boats.

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