Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sao Paulo, the Brazilian charming biggest city

Sao Paulo, the Brazilian charming biggest city

This was our latest article publish at déjà vu Magazine for the May Issue. Touch here to read my new June article

By Anna Avalanche, Ananda Valeeva, Gisa Miles and Luiz Speedwell

Pictures from São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB) and Luiz Speedwell

As all big cities São Paulo has a particular soul made by millions of people all over the world that live there. If we needed to define it as a person we should say: São Paulo is beautiful, intellectual, cultural and modern. São Paulo is the second biggest city of Latin America and one of the most important and eclectic mega cities in the world. The city is the capital of the State of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state. It is also the richest city of Brazil. The name means Saint Paul in Portuguese, as it was founded in 1554, on the Catholic feast of the Conversion of Paul, the Apostle. Immortalized in a Caetano Veloso's song "Sampa" is the city famous nickname.

Although it is known as a city where you make and get money, this capital is one of the only cities that is able to mix with harmony, the modernity, history, culture, art, people from all over the world, gastronomy, diversity and all kinds of tourism.

The architecture of “Sampa” is amazing. The curves are a mix of tendencies of different periods in the history, since the art deco e art nouveau styles to the high-tech buildings of Berrini Avenue.

The big city has thousands of theatres, restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls, clubs, parks such as Ibirapuera, Burle Marx and so many other options for leisure and business. Every year about 10 million people come to Sao Paulo to make business, shopping and also to check what is going on about Culture. There are festivals throughout the year, including the Bienal art festival, two world-renowned fashion weeks, and various parades and marathons.

Sao Paulo is one of the most important places to see art in the world. It has unique masterpieces, created by the great masters of painting, photography, sculpture and all kinds of art you can imagine. MAM (Museum of Modern Art), which was projected by Oscar Niemeyer, the Pinacoteca of State and the Museum of Ipiranga are places where you find the whole history of Sao Paulo.

One of the most interesting qualities of this mega city is the people you can meet there. The city includes Portuguese, African, Japanese immigrants, Italian, Lebanese, German, Spanish, French, British, Indian, North American, Chinese and more making it one of the most culturally diverse cities south of the Equator line. People from everywhere are very welcome

This cultural mix makes the gastronomy very special in São Paulo. If you think about Thai to Greek food, you will have it. The city is considered one of the major gastronomy zones in the world. It has more than one thousand restaurants with typical food from all Brazilian regions and practically from all over the world.

Sao Paulo is a city of big numbers with more than 18 million people, 5 million cars, 500 helicopters (it is the second biggest fleet of the world; 17 of 20 biggest banks of world are also there. Tourists will find more than 500 hotels, 280 cinemas, 88 museums, 200 night clubs, 75 libraries, 72 shopping Malls and much more to enjoy culture and leisure. Just about 70 km from the Capital it is possible to visit gorgeous beaches, such as Maresias and Ubatuba or cozy farms and country cities, as Campos do Jordão, considered the Brazilian Switzerland. Those looking to travel to Sao Paulo can come for the Brazilian Carnival celebrations, or just spend time relaxing at a spot on the nearly 400 miles of its beautiful beaches.

Oh Gosh! Come to visit, and be sure you will return sooner than you imagined!

Special tanks to for Cristiane Rocha from São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB) -

This article has been sponsored by AA Trade Company, Cleary (128,128,0)

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1 comment:

Ananda Valeeva said...

I am very happy to see this nice article, which I wrote so long time ago and after received the colaboration of you all. It looks great and I simply loved the photos. Sao Paulo is the city where I was born and have been living in my whole life and I love this crazy Mega city.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to publish the article. Anna.