About Espirito Santo

Espírito Santo (ES) is one of the states of southeastern Brazil. Its capital is Vitória and the largest city is Vila Velha, satellite from Vitória. The name of the state literally means "holy spirit" after the Holy Spirit of Christianity. With an extensive coastline (40% of the territory is on the coast), the state has some of the country's main ports, but the beaches are the most significant tourist attractions. Guarapari, well known for its sands. In the extreme north is the district of Itaúnas, part of the municipality of Conceição da Barra, famous for its sand dunes and forró. Coastal cuisine is another attraction with moqueca capixaba and other local seafood dishes. Inland, there are many natural attractions such as the national parks of Pedra Azul and Caparaó, and the Italian and German colonies.

Vitória, capital of Espírito Santo, is the starting point for most of the tourist routes in the state. The city, one of three capital-islands of the country, has sustainable development as one of its characteristics and it’s a state that has one of the fastest economic growth in Brazil. However, the great business opportunities are always aligned with the preservation of its history, culture and ecosystems.

With a population of 327.801 inhabitants, Vitoria is a great place to live. Extremely cozy, the city is one of the ten best in Brazil to work. In comparison with other cities of the country, it has the second highest quality of life, the third best human development index (HDI) and the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

Its economy is based in port activities, trade and services. With a strategic geographical location, the capital is one of the main points of marketing of domestic production. For so, it has an excellent logistics infrastructure. Your access roads comprise, in addition to highways under optimal conditions, two major ports – Vitoria Port and Tubarão Port –, railway and an airport that currently is being expanded.

Founded in 1551, Vitoria maintains old architectural projects, like houses, churches, palaces and stairways projects. Most of this collection is in downtown. The richness of its history, the beauty of its parks and beaches – very targeted for water sports – and their economic characteristics attract tourists from around the world interested in leisure and business opportunities, which attracts constant tourist visitation.

The city’s Deputy Darcy Castelo de Mendonça Bridge is an imposing and impressive sight, as is the beautiful Convento da Penha, which affords some wonderful views over the city centre if you can bear the steep climb. The Carlo Gomes Theatre is an excellent place to catch a show, or Costa Pereira Square’s shops and boutiques will satisfy the shopaholics. Vitoria’s Metropolitan Cathedral is a wonderful architectural sight, as is Rosário Church and the Anchieta Palace. Football fans are also catered for, with the city’s two football teams, Rio Branco and Vitoria Football Club both playing regular matches in the city.