Porto AlegreBrazil

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Visit Porto Alegre

Years of progressive leadership and high levels of education have produced one of Brazil’s most dynamic cultural cities, a base for musicians, artists and actors.

The affluent Brazilian city of Porto Alegre is known for its charming mix of cultures and modern infrastructure. Straddling the banks of Lagoa dos Patos, the largest lagoon in Brazil, Porto Alegre is one of the country’s major transportation hubs. Its port is among the biggest in the nation. Strong academic facilities, forward-thinking leaders and a stable economic climate have helped shape its reputation as a center for the arts, culture and global business.

Begin your stay in the city by acquainting yourself with its many neighborhoods. Hop aboard the Linha Turismo scenic bus to see the city from the open-air top deck. The trip takes about 80 minutes and meanders past all the major sites in Porto Alegre. Snap a photo of the Santuáriu Mãe de Deus, a church known for its modern architecture. Learn about the original people of Porto Alegre as you pass the Monumento aos Açorianos.

Visit the city’s prominent cultural institutions to discover the creative works from locals. Explore the Fundação Iberê Camargo, the city’s key contemporary art gallery. Spend a half-day at MARGS (Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul), the local museum of art, before heading to the banks of the Rio Guaía in time for sunset. Here you’ll find the Usina do Gasômetro, a converted 1920s power plant that hosts theater and art events. Mingle with locals gathered on the grass outside to watch the sun go down.

Be aware that the city struggles with multiple types of crime. Take appropriate cautions, such as using the Lotação network of public vans or the Linha Turismo sightseeing buses as primary modes of transportation.

Plan for mild winter or hot, humid summer weather. Travel by bus, plane or boat to the nearby city of Guaiba and then rent a car or take the bus to Porto Alegre. You can also reach the city by flying into Salgado Filho International Airport, located about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of downtown.

Where to stay in Porto Alegre

Gasometer showing central business district

Centro Historico

You might enjoy the historical sites while in Centro Historico. Sao Pedro Theater is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Mercado Station or Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station to see more of the city.

Centro Historico
Moinhos de Vento Park which includes a garden

Moinhos de Vento

Moinhos de Vento is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Moinhos de Vento Park and Walk of Fame.

Moinhos de Vento
Belem Velho, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Belem Velho

While Belem Velho may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Sanctuary of Our Lady Mother of God and Porto Alegre Botanical Garden.

Belem Velho

Top hotels in Porto Alegre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Porto Alegre Aeroporto
ibis Porto Alegre Aeroporto
3 out of 5
£32
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Situated in Porto Alegre, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Lacador Statue and within 3 miles (5 km) of Museum of VARIG and DC Navegantes Shopping. Novo DC ...

4.1/5Very Good! (430 reviews)

"Good afordable option very near the Porto Alegre airport."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

ibis Porto Alegre Aeroporto
Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel
Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Olavo Barreto Viana 18, Moinhos De Vento, Porto Alegre, RS
£82
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Moinhos de Vento, this hotel is steps away from Walk of Fame and Moinhos Shopping Center. Moinhos de Vento Park and Hydraulic Windmills Historic Building ...

4.2/5Excellent! (266 reviews)

"The hotel is located at the heart of a very pleasat area of the city, next to a small but upscale shopping center and close to cafes and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel
Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre
Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Dos Estados 1909, Porto Alegre, RS
£61
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Lacador Statue and within 3 miles (5 km) of Museum of VARIG and DC Navegantes Shopping. Novo ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (563 reviews)

"Amazing hotel. Very nice staff. Good breakfast. Clean room."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre

Popular things to do in Porto Alegre

Usina do Gasometro Cultural Center
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Usina do Gasometro Cultural Center

A building that used to provide the city with energy for heating and lighting is now a cultural center hosting art exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances.

Beira-Rio Stadium
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Beira-Rio Stadium

Catch an event at Beira-Rio Stadium during your trip to Porto Alegre.Wander the parks and university campus while you're in the area.

Moinhos de Vento Park
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Moinhos de Vento Park

Take a break from Porto Alegre’s bustling streets with a visit to a small, attractive park where you can play sports, see a reminder of the city’s past and go wildlife spotting. 

Walk of Fame
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Walk of Fame

During your trip to Porto Alegre, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Walk of Fame. Experience the area's theatre scene and museums.

Porto Alegre Public Market
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Porto Alegre Public Market

Shop for clothes, specialty foods and unique items at a downtown marketplace that has been serving customers since the second half of the 19th century.

Ibere Camargo Foundation
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Ibere Camargo Foundation

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Ibere Camargo Foundation during your travels in Porto Alegre. Wander the parks or discover the area's sunsets.

Top activities in Porto Alegre

Transfer in Private Car from Porto Alegre city to Porto Alegre airport ( POA)
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Transfer in Private Car from Porto Alegre city to Porto Alegre airport ( POA)

£16

Your driver or a representative will be at hotel or destination. Avoid lines or paying extra money and use a nice vehicle with safe and comfort. You will be transported by a professional that will take care of you until drop-off at airport.

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Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Porto Alegre airport-POA-Porto Alegre

£33

You will be received by your driver or a representative at arrival who will take you directly to your hotel or destination. At departure you will be waited in the lobby. Avoid lines or paying extra money and use a nice vehicle with safe and comfort.

Round trip transfer private minivan from-to PortoAlegre airport-POA-Porto Alegre
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Round trip transfer private minivan from-to PortoAlegre airport-POA-Porto Alegre

£12

You will be received by your driver or a representative at arrival who will take you directly to your hotel or destination. At departure you will be waited in the lobby. Avoid lines or paying extra money and use a nice vehicle with safe and comfort.

City Tour in Porto Alegre
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City Tour in Porto Alegre

£34

We will take you on a Panoramic Tour through the Capital of Rio Grande do Sul, on a tour of the historic area and downtown Porto Alegre getting to know the main sights of the city.

Transfer in Private Car from Porto Alegre airport ( POA) to Porto Alegre City
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Transfer in Private Car from Porto Alegre airport ( POA) to Porto Alegre City

£16

You will be received by your driver or a representative at arrival who will take you directly to your hotel or destination. Avoid lines or paying extra money and use a nice vehicle with safe and comfort.

City Tour Historic Porto Alegre
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City Tour Historic Porto Alegre

£41

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Metropolitan Cathedral, Rua Duque de Caxias 1047 Centro, Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul 90010-282 Brazil Stop for photos and guided information Duration: 5 minutes Stop At: Praca Marechal Deodoro ( Praca da Matriz ), Rua Duque de Caxias, Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul 90000-000 Brazil Stop for photos and guided information Duration: 10 minutes Pass By: Piratini Palace, Praca Mal.

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