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The Cities of Vitória and Vila Velha Expand whl.travel’s Extensive Presence in Brazil

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  • 2 December 2011

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Nestled into the southeastern coast of Brazil, the island of Vitória promises visitors immersion in the quiet beauty of the Atlantic coastline while simultaneously experiencing the electrifying buzz of contemporary and cosmopolitan Brazil. The capital of the island, Vitória City – which includes as part of its greater metropolitan area the smaller mainland city of Vila Velha – is also the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. Anchored around three large ports, Vitória is a central fixture of the Brazilian economy, propelling the export of Brazilian coffee, oil and steel.

Camburi Beach, in the city of Vitória, Brazil

In the city of Vitória, Brazil, Camburi Beach is a six-mile stretch of coast that has been urbanised and integrated into the city. The boardwalk has tracks for running, biking and other activities, while the water is great for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

In addition to its industrial and economic importance, the island of Vitória abounds in natural beauty. The city and environs are integrated into jagged green hills, rocky waterfronts and rich mysterious mangroves. The best place to take in the scenery is from one of the six sleek bridges linking Vitória Island to mainland Brazil. Peaking at over 70 metres above the waterline, the Darcy Castelo de Mendonca Bridge, also known as the Third Bridge, offers particularly excellent panoramic views of this scenic coastal city.

With a city-wide emphasis on green space, ecological conservation and recycling, Vitória has been ranked by the United Nations as the fourth best state capital in Brazil. It also has some of the highest living standards in the country, a measure that often comes with great opportunities for a Brazil holiday, something for which Vitória is well renowned.

Passagem Bridge, Vitória, Brazil

Inaugurated in 2009, the Passagem Bridge is a milestone in the development of Vitória, Brazil. It combines modern design and functionality, greatly improving the flow of traffic in the city. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

For example, hiking in the mountains, walking along the coast or simply relaxing in a Vitória park are all qualities of a perfect Vitória vacation. Visitors can even appreciate the island from the direction of the sea via boat tours through the abundant mangroves or night tours that take in the lights of the city illuminating the rocky cliffs.

Of course, sustaining peace and rest between Vitóra tours and adventures is an abundance of Vitória accommodations, many of which strive to meet the same high standards of green living and conservation that the city promotes. Hotels like Comfort Hotel Vitória Praia and Champagnat Praia Hotel have developed extensive recycling and reuse programs to minimise waste, including plans to collect and reuse old kitchen oil.

The Praia do Canto neighbourhood in Vitória, Brazil has some of best bars and restaurants in the city

With some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, Praia do Canto is one of the cutest neighbourhoods of Vitória, Brazil, an area central to its nightlife. Outdoor sport enthusiasts will love the area too as it is close to Praca dos Namorados, the perfect place to get some exercise. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

BWT Operadora is pleased to be joining forces again with whl.travel – it already operates the whl.travel local travel portal in Pantanal Sul – in presenting www.vitoria-vilavelha-hotel.com as the latest whl.travel destination in Brazil. Company president Adonai Aires de Arruda commented that “We like the idea of joining whl.travel because it is one of the most well-known Internet sites offering local tourism services. We are glad to give more tourists the chance to meet the beauties of our region of Brazil, and to give them the comfort of reserving tours and accommodation with just one click.”

As part of the larger Higi Serv Group, the team at BWT Operadora operates the Serra Verde Express, the centenary railroad running between Curitiba and Paranaguá. The historical train line is a top tourist attraction in the Paraná State, transporting nearly 150,000 people each year through one of the world’s most important coastal ecosystems. Higi Serv and its affiliates are one of Brazil’s largest partnerships devoted to such projects of preservation and conservation; it brings great strength to the extensive network of whl.travel destinations in Brazil.

Maritime Procession, Festival of Sao Pedro, Vitória, Brazil

Initially begun in 1928 as a ground procession to honour the Feast of St. Peter, the parade took to the water with the arrival of 200 Azorean fishermen and, since the 1970s, shifted from rowboats to motorboats. One highlight is the blessing of the hooks, which takes place on the high seas. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

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As cidades de Vitória e Vila Velha agora presentes na rede whl.travel no Brasil

Situada na costa sudeste do Brasil, a ilha de Vitória promete imersão aos visitantes na beleza tranquila da costa atlântica e ao mesmo tempo na eletrizante agitação do Brasil contemporâneo e cosmopolita. A capital da ilha, Vitória – que inclui como parte de sua área metropolitana a cidade de Vila Velha – é também a capital do estado brasileiro do Espírito Santo. Ancorada em torno de três grandes portos, Vitória é um dispositivo elétrico central da economia brasileira, impulsionando a exportação de café brasileiro, petróleo e aço.

Além de sua importância industrial e económica, a ilha de Vitória está cheia de belezas naturais. A cidade e seus arredores são cercados por montes verdes e manguezais. O melhor lugar para apreciar a paisagem é de qualquer uma das seis pontes que ligam Vitória ao continente. Atingindo um máximo de mais de 70 metros acima da linha d’água, a ponte Darcy Castelo de Mendonça, também conhecida como a Terceira Ponte, oferece particularmente excelentes vistas panorâmicas sobre a cidade costeira.

The production of handmade clay pots is one of the greatest expressions of culture in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil

Handmade clay pots are some of the greatest expressions of culture in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Artisans are linked to the Association of Paneleiras, located in the District of Goiabeiras. Two typical meals, the moqueca capixaba and toria capixaha, are traditionally served in clay pots. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

Com ênfase em espaços verdes, conservação ecológica e reciclagem, Vitória foi classificada pelas Nações Unidas como a quarta melhor capital de estado no Brasil. Ela também tem alguns dos mais altos padrões de vida no país, uma medida que muitas vezes vem com grandes oportunidades para umas férias no Brasil, algo para o qual Vitória é bem conhecida.

Por exemplo, passeio pelas montanhas capixabas, caminhar ao longo da costa ou simplesmente relaxar em um dos parques da cidade. Os visitantes podem ainda apreciar a ilha vista do mar através de passeios de barco pelos manguezais ou passeios noturnos que levam nas luzes da cidade iluminando os paredões rochosos.

E para manter a paz e descanso entre passeios e aventuras ha uma abundância de hoteis em Vitória, muitos dos quais se esforçam para atender os altos padrões de vida que a cidade promove. Hotéis como Comfort Hotel Vitória Praia e Champagnat Praia Hotel desenvolveram reciclagem extensa e programas de reutilização de resíduos, incluindo planos para coletar e reutilizar óleo de cozinha.

Vitória, Brazil, is unique for its natural beauty, traditional cultural groups and remarkable economic growth

Vitória, the second-oldest capital of Brazil, is formed by an archipelago of 33 islands and a mainland port. The city is unique for its natural beauty, traditional cultural groups and remarkable economic growth. During the summer high season, the city’s landscape is altered by docked luxury ocean liners. Photo courtesy of the City of Vitória

A BWT Operadora ) tem o prazer de juntar forças novamente com a whl.travel – que já opera o portal de viagens no Pantanal Sul – para apresentar www.vitoria-vilavelha-hotel.com como o destino mais recente whl.travel no Brasil. Presidente da empresa, Adonai Aires de Arruda, comentou que “Gostamos da idéia da whl.travel e estamos contentes em oferecer aos turistas a oportunidade de conhecer as belezas da nossa região, e dar-lhes o conforto de reservar passeios e hotéis com apenas um clique.”

Como parte do maior Grupo Higi Serv, a equipe da BWT Operadora opera a Serra Verde Express, a ferrovia centenária que funciona entre Curitiba e Paranaguá. A linha de trem histórica é uma atração turística no Estado do Paraná, transportando cerca de 150 mil pessoas a cada ano através de um dos mais importantes ecossistemas costeiros do mundo. Higi Serv e suas afiliadas são uma das maiores parcerias do Brasil dedicado a projetos de preservação e conservação; traz, portanto, uma grande força à extensa rede de destinos whl.travel no Brasil.

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