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Porto Alegre is the capital of Rio Grande Do Sul, a state with its own distinct culture. In 1835 the state declared independence, starting a revolution which raged for ten years. The locals are known as “gauchos” and still maintain a different culture from the rest of Brazil. Porto Alegre is famous for its historical buildings, busy nightlife, and churrasco cuisine. It has one of the highest standards of living in Brazil with high literacy, good infrastructure, and quality medical care. The city itself counts itself among the richest in Latin America, and its population are highly educated.

There’s lots to see and do in Porto Alegre and its worth planning your trip before you arrive. It’s a good idea to book a hotel near the area that you’re planning on spending the most time in, to make your trip easier. The following neighbourhoods are all great choices for your stay.

Centro Historico & Bom Fim

Hotels in the historical centre of Porto Alegre make the ideal base for visitors who want to do a bit of sightseeing. Cathedral Square is the perfect place to start, as it’s surrounded by notable buildings like Piratini Palace and Theatro Sao Pedro. There are lots of museums in this district showcasing everything gaucho history, culture, and art to the history of social communication. Rest your legs at Praca XV de Novembro, one of the oldest plazas in the city now renowned for good restaurants and live music performances.

Cidade Baixa

This old neighbourhood has more than its fair share of historical buildings, and is one of the best places to party in Porto Alegre. It’s a fairly bohemian neighbourhood with a good range of quality hotels and budget hostels to choose from. Because it’s near the university it’s a favourite hang out for students, academics and artists. Lima e Silva Street is famous for its cheeseburger joints and inexpensive drinks, while Republica Street is home to higher end establishments. On Joao Alfredo Street you can dance the night away in the colonial mansions, most of which have been converted into nightclubs.

Praia de Belas

Praia de Belas is a planned neighbourhood which makes up for its lack of historic buildings by being a major commercial centre. It’s location on the banks of Lake Guaiba makes it a good place to watch the sun set. Events are often held in the large Parque Marinha do Brazil, which also has a sculpture garden. Hotels in Praia de Belas are perfect for football fans, as the neighbourhood is home to Beira-Rio Stadium and Parque Gigante. There’s also a large shopping mall and a good selection of bars and restaurants nearby.