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João Pessoa

Amazonas - Brazil
Joao Pessoa
Type of Location
About Location


Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Airport some 25 km out of town. Taxi to the city R$ 60, negotiable. You might find the much bigger airport of Recife more convenient, especially for international flights. Taxi R$ 260, negotiable.

By bus

João Pessoa's long-distance bus station is in spot in the center. To get to the beach of Tambaú, cross the road and enter the urban bus terminal to catch number 507, 510, 511 or 513 "Tambaú" or "CABO BRANCO"

Key places to visit
Igreja do São Francisco, Ladeira de São Francisco, Praça Antenor Navarro, Praça João Pessoa, Ponta do Seixas


Places to Visit
  • One of nicest churches in all of Brazil, the Igreja do São Francisco, built from 1589 to 1779, is on the north end of the city center. Its mixture of architectural styles is a fascinating reflection of the colonial empires at the time: the walls of the exterior courtyard, done in Portuguese azulejo tiling, are topped by curiously oriental looking lion statues, while the church itself is a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch, and French styles and the dome shows influence from Goa. The ceiling features a 40 meter wide mural, and the interior is inhabited by lots of bats.
  • The Ladeira de São Francisco leads westward and downhill from the church, and affords a magnificent view of the Sanhaua River and surrounding lush tropical forest. Just down the hill is the Casa da Polvora, a small historical museum.
  • Further down is Praça Antenor Navarro, currently the best restored cluster of colonial architecture, with the old Hotel Globo around the corner.
  • Pretty much on top of the city is Praça João Pessoa, with its government buildings.
  • Ponta do Seixas is the easternmost point in the Americas, at 34°47'38" west longitude and 7°09'28" south latitude. There is a monument to mark the spot, and it has a sweeping view of the Atlantic. Ponta do Seixas is south of Cabo Branco beach, and accessible by city bus.
Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December