FIFA World Cup is finally here so it’s only natural Brazil’s tourism will grow even more this summer. São Paulo is a cool city with an amazing nightlife, specific to Brazil, and also known for food, markets, architecture and museums. The city is not the most friendly tourist destination because it is very spread out and not all areas are safe, and it also doesn’t have a central location where all action can be found, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what this picturesque city has to offer. Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, São Paulo boasts a rich cultural wealth with many monuments, parks and museums, and hosts major events all throughout the year, which is why it’s a very dynamic and eclectic tourist destination.
São Paulo has a rich cultural diversity and the Museum of Art offers a fascinating program, meant to please all people. The building of the museum is an art in itself and is characterized by big, red pillars. With a collection of more than 8.000 works by artists such as Rafael, Botticelli, Delacroix, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti and Rodin, this museum is a must-see for art lovers. Other museums you might enjoy are: Pinoteca, Museum of Portuguese Language, and Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Sesc Pompeia cultural and recreational centre in São Paulo.
The beauty of this Brazilian city is in the nature and diversity it displays. Ibirapuera Park is a beautiful green space situated in the centre of São Paulo and it features several courts and playgrounds, and it attracts skaters and bicycle riders. The Planetarium, the Biennial Pavilion, the Japanese Pavilion and the Vivarium are all located within Ibirapuera Park.
São Paulo also has a very rich historical heritage and a stroll around the city will prove that to you. The Old Town is a must visit along with the Pateo do Collegio Jesuit Church and School, San Francisco Square, point zero and San Francisco Cathedral, which is located in São Paulo Park and is a monumental building with huge towers and beautiful stain glass windows.
When you visit São Paulo, one must try the food. You can find everything from sophisticated options to common and traditional dishes. You should not miss São Paulo Municipal Market because amongst the many food stalls, you can find local treats like bread with baloney, as well as cod fritters and dried meat.
As one of Brazil’s cultural hubs, São Paulo hosts many important events throughout the year, one of which is happening as I write this, the World Cup 2014. São Paulo Art Biennial, Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix, São Paulo Fashion Week and São Paulo Indy 300 are just a few of the events you might come across during your trip. São Paulo is a complete destination which has something to offer whether you’re coming with your family, you friends or your other-half. Just allow yourself to discover this fascinating city with all treats.