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Joao Pessoa, the Capital of Paraiba in Brazil 

Besides beautiful beaches and white sand bathed by a turquoise blue sea, Joao Pessoa is a city with extremely unique characteristics. As reports suggest, the 3rd oldest city in Brazil, João Pessoa, was founded in 1585 and has a rich architectonic patrimony, including the beautiful baroque structures, like the church São Francisco and the convent Santo Antônio, dating back to the XVIII century.


The Ancient City of Joao Pessoa, Capital of the State of Paraiba.

ao Pessoa has a mass of fully preserved natural forests, squares and gardens, which is why it is considered one of the cities with the highest index of green area per inhabitant in the world (2nd in the world according to a United Nations survey conducted in 1992). Another beauty of the city is the Ponta do Seixas, the most easterly point of South America, which can be seen from the majestic Farol do Cabo Branco (Cabo Branco Lighthouse).

There are many excellent places for boat strolls near Jo
ao Pessoa, like the natural pools of Picãozinho on the island Areia Vermelha. A tradition not to missed here is watching the unforgettable sunset on the beach Jacaré, to the sound of Ravel’s “Bolero.” There are also buggy strolls available to all the beaches within easy reach of João Pessoa, such as Jacuma, Coquerinhos, Tambaba, Tabatinga, Poço, and many more. However, Tambaú, Cabo Branco, Manaira, and Bessa are amongst the beaches on offer by the city itself.  Tambaú beach also boasts the most exciting nightlife within the city, having bars. restaurants, clubs, and traditional dancing available to suit everybody’s taste.

The traditional northeast cooking is abundant in João Pessoa. Many restaurants serve salted meat, one of the most famous specialties in Paraíba State.

The regional craftwork made with clay and oakum can be purchased on the Mercado de Artesanato Paraibano (Paraibano Craft Market).

Tambau and Cabo Branco (Beach Fronted Districts within Joao Pessoa)

Tambau and Cabo Branco are the best beach districts in the captial city of João Pessoa. 20 minutes drive from João Pessoa airport, 1.5 hours drive from Recife, and 2 hours drive from Natal.

Facilities including retaurants, bakeries, shops, nightlife and public transport, not forgeting the famous boat trip to the coral rife where you can get out of the boat and swim with the tropical fish and have your photo taken to register your visit.

Natural Pool Formations
in Paraiba

Picãozinho is a formation of corals, just off Tambaú beach, which forms natural pools in low tide, making it possible to view a sea of beautifully coloured fish. Another natural formation, that also generates fabulous pools in low tide, is on the island Areia Vermelha, which produces a sandbank about two kilometers long and one kilometer wide, making it a perfect place for swimming. The access by boat takes approximately 15 minutes to reach these destinations.

Interests in Joao Pessoa

A must see is the beautiful baroque style architecture of the convent Santo Antônio and the church São Francisco, buildings that date back to the XVIII century. The church altar is adorned with gold and magnificent Portuguese tiles. It’s also worthwhile to visit the churches N.S. da Guia and N.S. do Carmo, and the Palácio da Redenção (Redemption’s Palace). All three of these buildings date back to the XVI century. Be sure to make time to visit the Santa Rosa theatre, still in use, and one of the oldest theatres in the country, dating back to 1889. And don’t miss the fort Santa Catarina, with cannons that are more than 400 years old, in the town Cabedelo, 25 km from João Pessoa.

Hotels with different levels of comfort are near to all the beaches. Besides the restaurants that serve the regional dishes, there are many other culinary options. The city has a good transportation and communication structure, car rental and tourism agencies, and many bank branches.  

Weather in Joao Pessoa

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Location of João Pessoa

João Pessoa is in the northeast region of Brazil, 2340 km from Brasilia, 1,900 km from Rio de Janeiro, 2440 km far São Paulo, 762km from Salvador, and 111 km from Recifé, and 153km from Natal. Its airport receives flights from all capitals and the main cities in the country. Recifé receives direct international flights from outside of Brazil, and João Pessoa itself is planned to open it’s own International airport in July of 2005.  

Paraiba State Statistical Information 

Paraiba state covers an area of 56,585km2, and consists of 223 towns, having a total population of 3,375,609 inhabitants. The captal João Pessoa, has a population of 584,029 inhabitants. The climate is tropical and semi-arid, and João Pessoa receives a mean annual temperature of 26 degrees centigrade.

European Interest in Joao Pessoa

Due to the airport which has now been certified for international status and the general investment opportunity that the Joao Pessoa area has, there has been much interest from Europeans to buy property and land in this area.  The Swedish government alone have sent 40 individuals over for several months to research investment in this area.  There are many other European countries (not to mention USA too) that are all buying.

Click Here to Read more about Joao Pessoa on an unbias travellers web site.

Information re History of Paraiba on Wikipedia: Joao Pessoa Wikipedia

Facts About Joao Pessoa

  1. The Brazilian Transport Minister has announced an investment of R$1.7 billion will be made into the Brazilian North East states of Paraiba, Pernumbuco, and Rio Grande do Norte, for road infrastructure improvements between the cities.  Funds are also being raised for tourism in Paraiba.


  1. PBTUR (Paraiba Tourist Board) have stated that the amount of tourists visiting Paraiba has increased by 80% in comparison to the previous year.


  1. João Pessoa’s Castro Pinto Airport (Capital of Paraiba) is due to go international in 2006, and is receiving investment of $R38million for the upgrade project.


  1. The international airport of Recifé is only 120 km’s away (1.5 hours drive), is within easy driving distance of João Pessoa, and also connects to the city with existing internal flights or coaches.


  1. One of the top Brazilian Soap Opera’s ‘Celebridade’ has chosen to use João Pessoa as one of it’s site locations for filming.


  1. João Pessoa is considered to be the 3rd oldest city in Brazil.


  1. João Pessoa is recognised as being the second most ‘Greenist’ city in the world, only losing out to Paris, and therefore is the greenest city in South America according to a UN study. The Atlantic forest, the second most important forest in Brazil, covers approximately 600 hectares within the city of João Pessoa.


  1. João Pessoa is the most easterly point of the America’s, therefore it’s the place where the sun rises first within the South American continent, and consequently means that the time difference between the UK and João Pessoa is only 3 hours.


  1. Europeans, Americans, Brazilians state that João Pessoa is the most tranquil capital city within the North East of Brazil they have visited, if not Brazil.  Don't take their word for it... take a well deserved break and visit yourself.

Just a few things to do in Joao Pessoa

  • Campina Grande Visit

  • Recifé visit including Olinda

  • Natal Visit

  • Dinassour Valley in Paraiba (2 days)

  • Waterfall trip in Pirpirituba

  • Cabedelo Port close to Joao pessoa

  • Oldtown visit in Joao Pessoa

  • Theatre trips in JP

  • Islands trip in JP to swim with the tropical fish

  • Fernando do Noronha  (paradise island off Recifé - 2-3 days)

  • Paraiban south coast beach buggy rides

  • Paraiban north coast beach buggy rides

  • Tambaba Naturalist Beaches

  • Visit mountain Peaks of Paraiba

  • Pedra de Boca (famous rocks .. Paraiban stonehenge)

  • 4 x 4 excursions

  • Botanical Gardens in JP

  • Jacaré famous sunset trip in JP

  • Historical tour of JP

  • Shopping Spree trips

  • Small plane flight over the city & coastal regions of Paraiba

  • Wind Surfing

  • Scuba diving

  • Kite Gliding

  • Night sky diving

  • Market trips in JP.

  • Forro Nights (Traditional Dance originated by the French & a traditional dance in the NE of Brazil) at the many clubs in JP

  • João Pessoa Carnival in January & February of each year (Micaroã)

  • Campina Carnival during the months of February & March each year (Micarande).

  • Sao João Festival in Campina Grande ‘São João Do Mundo’ .. reportedly the largest celebration for St.John in the world.

Website Links for Information about Joao Pessoa and Paraiba
Paraiba States own web site (The whole state)
Joao Pessoa the city's web site (more local)

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