Situated on Brazil’s northeastern coast, João Pessoa is a tropical beach destination with lots to offer. As one of the country’s oldest cities, it has an abundance of historical buildings and old-world charm.
Much of João Pessoa’s architectural gems come in the form of historic religious buildings, such as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Snows. Dating back to 1586, this Roman Catholic church was upgraded in the 17th and 18th centuries and features ancient altars and retables to admire. Other key sites include the Rococo baroque Church of San Francisco and the Monastery of St. Benedict, built by Benedictine monks and considered one of the most important monuments in Brazil.
If you’re keen to soak up the sea and sand, João Pessoa is home to a wonderful urban beach called Tambaú. From here, you can walk along the shore to the easternmost point of the American continents, known as ‘Ponta do Seixas’. As well as posing by the monument here, you can also take in a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Another popular activity is to take a boat trip from the north end of Cabo Branco beach. Head out to the natural pools of Picãozinho to snorkel amongst coral reefs and colourful fish.