Places We Love in Porto Alegre

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Brazil’s Southern Green Metropolis

Surrounded by 40 hills, the Guaíba Lake, and a unique ecosystem, Porto Alegre is the capital and largest city of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Founded in 1772 by settlers from the Azores Islands, it had a huge influx of European immigrants, mainly from Germany and Italy. It holds Brazil’s highest life quality and literacy rates.

Don’t miss the "Cidade Baixa" Old Town, composed of colorful historical buildings. Moinhos de Vento is one of the richest neighborhoods, with trendy bars and restaurants. Some of the best hotels in Porto Alegre are located in these areas.

The Usina do Gasômetro Cultural Center is a refurbished power plant dating back to 1928, featuring an art center and movie theaters. The central Farroupilha Park is the perfect place to relax on a warm afternoon. Many hotels in Porto Alegre are near this green space.

The Azoreans Monument is a 55-foot tall memorial dedicated to Porto Alegre’s pioneers. It's located close to the modernist Rio Grande do Sul state administration building complex.

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