Cheap Flights to Belo Horizonte
With a population of over 5 million people, Belo Horizonte is one of the largest cities on the American continent and an exciting and vibrant metropolis located in the south east of Brazil. Although this city may not be as popular as other Brazilian metropolis like Rio de Janeiro or San Paulo, this only adds to its uniqueness and authentic atmosphere. A holiday in Minas Gerais' capital city suits travellers who want to enjoy an urban break with all modern comforts and amenities, a thriving cultural scene and plenty of eating and drinking venues to suit all budgets and preferences. What is more, Belo Horizonte is known for being the "bar capital of Brazil" and has an exciting nightlife that can keep visitors busy for days on end.
Adding to that is an impressive skyline with more than 600 high rises and modernist buildings created by renowned architects like Oscar Niemeyer. The balmy tropical weather and exuberant natural landscapes mix well with the city's truly cosmopolitan character, which can also be discovered through the many events that take place all-year-round and include the annual Carnival, gastronomic festivals and other cultural events.
Things To Do
Travellers can discover Belo Horizonte's cheerful and free-spirited personality through its architecture, open spaces and nightlife scene. Here are a few recommendations:
- A Tour Of Brazilian Architecture
Start with a walk around Pampulha district, known for its traditional architecture, and later move on to the more contemporary looks of the Art Museum, Saint Francis of Assisi church or the Palace of the Arts.
When you need a break from sightseeing, head to one of the many open spaces located downtown such as Liberty Square or the Municipal Park. Those who want to venture further away can explore the green areas of Mangabeiras Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Start with a drink at the city's Hard Rock Cafe located on the top floor of the Alta Vila tower: an iconic skyscraper that offers the best panoramic views over the city. Then, head to Savassi, which is a hub for trendy pubs, bars and clubs.
Calendar Of Events
The local calendar of events in Belo Horizonte is packed with interesting celebrations that offer visitors a chance to learn how to have fun and enjoy -- Brazilian style.
Belo Horizonte's Carnival: It may not be Rio's Carnival, but this event is still worth seeing if you are in the city in February. The local Carnival has been celebrated since the late 19th century and features an explosion of music, light and colour along with many cultural events.
Belo Horizonte's Winter Festival: This event gathers the best Brazilian representatives of the performing arts, music, dance and film and also features a series of gastronomic events.
Comida di Buteco Festival: This gastronomic festival selects light bites and appetisers from the city's top bars and dining venues offering visitors the opportunity to sample hundreds of incredibly creative dishes all in one place. The festival takes place in April/May.