Vitória Things to Do
After a stroll along the beach by Jardim de Penha, which in itself is a nice walk, at the south end of the beach (right before the bridge), you can find a small pier with Lemanja at the end.
Lemanja is an ancient goddess of the sea, which was adopted by many Africans and has become a common sight along coastal towns in Brazil. Vitoria is no different.
Here, watching the fishermen in the boats and more directly the fishermen casting their lines from the pier, Lemanja keeps a diligent vigil for their safety.Related to:
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A walking tour of the convent will not take very long, but will afford you some spectacular views of Vitoria as well as the beaches of Vila Velha.
The convent is from the 1500's and is preserved pretty well.Related to:
- Historical Travel
How can tak about Brazil without talking about the beaches! Paria da Costa is the beach in Vila Velha just outside of Vitoria. The one thing I noted about the beach was that the water was a little cold. It seems the jet streams bring cold water from the South Atlantic and they come ashore in Vila Velha and then head back to sea giving the beach waters justa bit of a chill.
Vendors selling corn, and coconut milk along the beach are a welcome treat.
And as always, the sun shines brightly! Wear sunblock...Related to:
- Water Sports
The little neighborhood of Barra do Jucu is an overgrown fishing village, but the sea is still in its blood. The restaruant here specialize in seafoods and local recipes.
My local friends took me to this restaurant since it has a nice open air seating, waterfront tables ontop of the dock, good food and due to its proximity, you can hear the live music happening at Cais da Barra next door!
Credit card machine was not even connected and they said it had not been in a long time, so be prepared to pay cash.
Favorite Dish: The muqueca was excellent as were the grilled fish.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Outside (south) of the city, there are a few smaller neighborhoods that border on the quiet and calm. Some are fishing villages by day and quiet quarters by night. The neighborhood of Barra do Jucu has a few notably popular seafood restaurants and a popular bar for live music on the weekends.
They don't accept credit cards, so bring cash. They have good drinks and food, but the later the night goes, the less space there is to enjoy it. Get there early if you want a table, otherwise just be content to stand around and mingle with others.
Dress Code: Most people will be casual and some (ladies) may be dressed for the clubs, but all is welcome.Related to:
Many people come here to eat and have a casual drink since they have a good drink menu and food menu (principle plates are served for lunch, night menu is 'bar' type foods). But the main draw is the live music. Depending on the night, it may be more jazzy, more traditional, but from what I'm told, its always good. The venue is rather small, with some tables on an upper level looking down on the stage. If you are early (or lucky) you should get a table with a view, but many people resort to standing on the stairs and/or on the sidewalk.
The bar is in the central district, so while I can't tell you which transport to take, there is no shortage of buses and taxis. Cover charge to get in is ~B$10. Unless you order from a waitress, purchase drink coupons from the cashier, then take ticket to the bar.
Dress Code: Dress code is casual, however some people will be dressed for the clubs that they may go to later.Related to:
2 Hotels in Vitória
Vitória Local Customs
Moqueca capixaba is the traditional dish of Espírito Santo State.
It´s basically fish (usually whiting or cação - don´t know the word in english for this fish, I´m sorry!) with an amazing sauce of tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, red pepper and coriander. This last ingredient gives it a special taste and makes it taste different from moqueca baiana. Besides, in capixaba recipe, you also don´t use coconut milk and dendê oil, which are important ingredients in baiana recipe and give it a completely different taste.
It´s delicious!!! I just wrote a few lines and my mouth is already watering. Unfortunately, pictures don´t have smell...Related to:
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Vitória Off The Beaten Path
Passenger train service no longer serves the old Estrada de Ferro Vitória e Minas train station in Vitória. Instead, passenger trains leave from a relatively unattractive, but much more modern station some distance from the city center.
The old train station has been reconfigured into a museum and railway display. Inside, there are a number of items relevant to the history of railways in the region, as well as a small model railroad created with models created of Brazilian railway equipment. Real railroad equipment on display there includes a Brazilian caboose, a steam locomotives, and some of the old wooden passenger and freight cars. The locomotive and cars are kept under shelter, but this makes them difficult to photograph.
The area around the caboose has been turned into a small picnic area which would be a good place to bring some food. As seen in the photo, the station sits near the edge of the water, and is in a somewhat attractive setting.
I don't have an exact address for this museum. After passing the Florentino Avidos bridge, if going from Vitória to Vila Velha take the first right, go over the viaduct and you will arrive at the railway company's facilities.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits