São Luís

Located on an island and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the capital of the state of Maranhão, São Luís, offers incredible cultural wealth and unique gastronomy. The historic centre is formed by some 3,500 buildings of expressive historic and artistic value, including churches, buildings, tiled manor houses, fountains, monuments, squares and stairs. The Sé Church and Pedras Fountain are two gems that can be visited in the capital.

The colonial buildings erected in the 18th century add extra charm to the city, where cultural manifestations are clearly represented in the delightful handcrafts, famous folk festivals, like Bumba Meu Boi, declared national Cultural Heritage by IPHAN, and Tambor de Crioula. For a closer look at some of the local crafts, head over to the Maranhão Handcraft Trade Centre to pick up some great souvenirs.

São Luís is more, so much more than you could ever imagine.