The Cultural Capital City of Espirito Santo
Vitória combines the best of all Brazilian charms: powder-white beaches, lush mountains, pristine parks, and fascinating cultural attractions and outdoor explorations. Beautifully situated overlooking the Atlantic in southeast Brazil, it was founded in 1551 and is the third oldest capital city in the country.
As a result, there are many historic sites to behold: Convento da Penha, a 16th-century convent with spectacular panoramic views, and Anchieta Palace, a former Jesuit college (also dating back to the 16th-century), and now the seat of government. There’s also the oldest building in the city, Capela de Santa Luzia—a former chapel listed by National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute, and has been converted into an art gallery and research center.
For more modern-day discoveries, Vitória has a variety of excellent parks, including Parque Moscoso, Parque Pedra da Cebola, and Parque da Fonte Grande. It also offers fantastic whale watching, boat tours around Vitória Island, and Paneleiras de Goiabeiras, where you can watch traditional clay pots made by hand.