Tourism tips in Porto Alegre: discover the main tourist attractions to know and visit in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul
The capital of Rio Grande do Sul is among the most wooded cities in Brazil and offers green areas and great cultural attractions.
Affectionately nicknamed as POA, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul stands out for having numerous green areas and a rich gastronomy that goes far beyond the famous gaucho barbecue. Cultural attractions are also the great attractions of the destination and are available in the main neighborhoods of the city, such as Customs Square, where are the Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, The Rio Grande do Sul Memorial it's the Commerce Club.
One walk through Farroupilha Park It is the best way to understand the daily life of Porto Alegre residents, who on sunny afternoons occupy the park's green space and enjoy the day sitting on the grass, interacting with friends and family accompanied by the indispensable mate, prepared with yerba mate.
The great concentration of excellent structures of hotels, restaurants, stores and malls is in the elegant Windmills neighborhood. The region also has a lively nightlife, mainly on Padre Chagas and Fernando Gomes streets. Another option to enjoy the city's alternative scene is the Lower City, very popular for its funky bars.
The historic center of Porto Alegre It has so many attractions that the ideal is to discover the region on foot. Several impressive buildings can be seen in this area of the city. Attractions such as the Metropolitan Cathedral (which, in addition to having one of the largest domes in the world, has three panels on the facade executed in the Vatican workshop), the Theatro São Pedro, the Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana and the Public Market are mandatory stops in a city city tour.
Tourist attractions in Porto Alegre
The Linha Turismo bus is a good way to get a general idea of the city. The tourist line operates from Tuesday to Sunday and passes through the most outstanding attractions in Porto Alegre. For those from outside we recommend the city tour of the Historic Center (Praça da Matriz, Usina do Gasómetro and Parque da Redenção). This itinerary allows passengers to board and disembark at five points along the route and learn more about each location.
Known as Redenção, Parque Farroupilha is considered the heart of the city and offers a huge green area close to the center of POA. On Sundays, the park is even busier because of the weekly antiques fair.
Rua dos Andradas
Known as Rua da Praia, Rua dos Andradas concentrates some of the main attractions in Porto Alegre. Set aside a little time in your agenda and stroll down the street to discover the Igreja das Dores, the Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, the Hipólito da Costa Museum, the Clube do Comércio, the CEEE Érico Veríssimo Cultural Center, the Episcopal Cathedral, the Chaves and Malcon, Livraria do Globo and the barracks of the Brazilian Army and the Military Brigade.
With the monument to Júlio de Castilhos at its center, this square is one of the most emblematic sights in Porto Alegre. Around it is the Farroupilha Palace, where the Legislative Assembly works, the Piratini Palace (headquarters of the state government), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Júlio de Castilhos Museum, the Solar das Câmara and the São Pedro Theater.
Usina do Gasómetro is the most popular cultural center among residents and visitors of Porto Alegre. The cultural space is housed in an old gas thermoelectric plant intended for public lighting and stove supply. The construction has a huge chimney with 117 meters, which remains preserved and was built in 1937 to alleviate the problems caused by the emission of soot. The center has a café, a movie theater and cultural spaces where lectures, plays and concerts are presented, among other events.
Built in the 19th century, the Porto Alegre Public Market is a beautiful neoclassical building. Spices and typical products from the gaucho land can be found in its dozens of shops, restaurants and snack bars.
Iberê Camargo Foundation
In front of the Guaíba, the newest tourist spot in the state capital was built by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. The complex houses a collection of works by the important artist from Rio Grande do Sul Iberê Camargo and constantly hosts several traveling exhibitions.
Praça da Alfândega, formerly Praça Senador Florêncio, is a public, historical and tourist space in the destination. The place is also surrounded by other important buildings in the city, such as the Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli Art Museum (MARGS), the Rio Grande do Sul Memorial and the Santander Cultural.
Other tourist attractions in Porto Alegre
- PUCRS Science and Technology Museum
- St. Peter's Theater
- Beira-Rio Stadium
- Lake Guaíba
- Metropolitan Cathedral
- Church of Our Lady of Sorrows
- Windmill Park
- Botanical Garden
- Hydraulic Windmills
- Porto Alegre Central Market
- Rua Goncalo de Carvalho
- Shrine of Our Lady Mother of God
- Piratini Palace
- José Baptista Pereira Planetarium
How to get to Porto Alegre
Salgado Filho International Airport receives daily flights from the main airports in the country and is 13 km from downtown Porto Alegre. The main international airlines operating at the airport are: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France (represented by Selltour) and American Airlines.
You can reach many points of the city using the public rail transport that connects the airport to the city center. Another option is to use taxi services, transfers and mobility apps such as Uber.
Those arriving from the north of the state should follow the BR-101 and then access the RS-290 in the municipality of Osório, towards Porto Alegre. Drivers arriving from the south of Porto Alegre need to take the BR-116 through Guaíba to the state capital.
The closest capitals to Porto Alegre are Florianópolis (458 km) and Curitiba (742 km).
The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Porto Alegre, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul.
Porto Alegre bus station
Tel: (51) 3210-0101
Best time to visit Porto Alegre
In spring the streets of Porto Alegre gain more colors with the jacarandas, but it is in the harsh winter, present in the months of June to November that the capital of Rio Grande do Sul is even more cozy. It is during this time that several famous festivals take place, such as Acampamento Farroupilha, Porto Alegre em Cena and Feira do Livro, which brings together dozens of exhibitors from different nationalities, in addition to offering free workshops, debates, lectures, film sessions and artistic programs.
On average, the hottest months are January, February, March and December. Rain usually appears frequently between July and September.
Where to stay in Porto Alegre
The neighborhood of Moinhos de Vento concentrates great hotels in the central region of the city. Those staying in this area of Porto Alegre have the convenience of being able to visit restaurants, cafes, shops, malls and some green areas of the city on foot. THE Sheraton it is among the best rated in the city and is just 15 minutes by car from Salgado Filho International Airport. Other options are Hotel Laghetto Viverone it's the Quality Porto Alegre.
Many visitors claim that the Lower City It is the best area to stay in the city. THE hippest neighborhood in POA It is very busy and is home to many must-see tourist attractions. If you are looking for a hostel in the city, the Solar63 is the great reference among younger tourists who visit POA.
The POA center offers more budget accommodation and a great location. THE Everest Hotel it is among the best in the neighborhood and has a charming restaurant located on the 16th floor with an excellent view of the city.
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