Cidade Alta, Joao Pessoa

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Cidade Alta--"High City" in English--is the historic and cultural center of João Pessoa, and as you wander the streets, you will pass mansions, theaters, museums, universities, libraries, and churches, many painted in bright colors. Some of the buildings have undergone renovations after the area was declared a National Heritage site in 2007, but they still maintain the defining characteristics of their original architecture, be it Colonial, Baroque, Rococo, or Art-Deco. Sites of particular importance that you should include on your tour are Basílica de Nossa Senhora das Neves, Conjunto de São Francisco, Teatro Santa Rosa, and Centro Cultural São Francisco, each having played a significant role in creating the city’s identity. Make Cidade Alta a centerpiece of your Joao Pessoa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Joao Pessoa road trip website .
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  • The historic part of the city. Deserves a visit because it is rich in information about João Pessoa. The visit performed by the tour operators is guided but recommend a visit by account, where you can walk freely and stay as long as you decide. The site has big houses, churches, squares with some handicrafts and the first hotel in the city, retired recently.
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  • Churches, houses and squares. The historic centre of João Pessoa has a lot to know. But get ready to walk
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  • Essential part of the sidewalk to meet the historical centre of Jampa, is to know the high city. There you can see the city from above and take beautiful pictures.
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Where to stay in Joao Pessoa

As you'd expect, most of the accommodations in Joao Pessoa crowd around the eastern coastline, jostling for the best position to catch a glimpse of the morning sun. Of these areas, the beach neighborhoods of Cabo Branco Tambaú and Manaíra offer by far the best range of places to stay. In pleasant contrast to many of Brazil's other coastal cities, a restriction on high-rise buildings along the shorefront has helped the city retain its laid-back, natural feel. Consequently, most hotels are housed in smaller, unobtrusive buildings. You won't find a huge range of budget accommodations in the city, but if visiting in low season (March to November), you can bargain for as much as 40 percent off the regular price.
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