Porto Alegre

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 in full swing in Brazil, we decided to take you on a vibrant journey through the tournament’s host cities. There are 12 cities taking part including Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Manaus, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Cuiaba, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, Natal and Porto Alegre where we continue our journey…

Porto Alegre

In southern Brazil, on the banks of a huge freshwater lagoon, Porto Alegre is a major trade centre with a vibrant arts and alternative music scene.

USP: This is the country of the cowboys of the South American pampas (gauchos), so expect the best steak in Brazil.

Shop: It’s not noted for its shopping, but you’ll find everything you need at the Iguatemi Mall. The Porto Alegre Public Market is worth a look if only for its imposing architecture.

Eat and Drink: The Centro Historico and Cidade Baixa areas are home to the more bohemian bars and restaurants. With many micro-breweries you will find some great craft ales. Try Toca de Coruja in Cicade Baixa for the local Coruja beer. If you’re a true carnivore try the, Na Brasa, all you can eat barbecue.

Sleep: The Plaza Porto Alegre is a four-star hotel located in the heart of the old town. It’s modern, spacious and clean and located near to the city’s shops and museums; a great location to start exploring.

porto alegre, dirceu s. oliveira:flickr

Images: flickr.com/DirceuS.Oliveira and flickr.com/Andrei