The City of Santos

   
Santos is a city in the São Paulo state of Brazil, founded in 1546 by the Portuguese nobleman Brás Cubas. It is partially located on the island of São Vicente which harbors both the city of Santos and the city of São Vicente, and partially on the mainland. It is the main city in the metropolitan region of Baixada Santista. On 2006 its population was estimated at 418,375. Santos has the biggest seaport in Latin America, which traded over 72 million tons in 2006; is a significant tourist centre; has large industrial complexes and shipping centres, which handle a large portion of the world's coffee exports; as well as a number of other Brazilian exports including steel, oil, cars, oranges, bananas and cotton. The city also displays the Coffee Museum, where, once, coffee prices were negotiated; and a football memorial, dedicated to the city's greatest players, amongst which is Pelé. Its beach's garden, 5.335 km length, figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest beach front garden. Santos is home for the famous football club Santos FC, where Pelé has played. The exportation of coffee from the Port of Santos gave rise to and greatly increased the modernity of the city. A characteristic found that adorns the landscape of the port city are the canals with over a hundred years of antiquity. In 1899, Santos was the point of entry for the bubonic plague into Brazil. In 1924, it became the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santos. In October 2006, light crude oil was discovered off the coast in the Santos basin. Santos is about 79 km (49 mi) from the metropolis São Paulo, capital of the state São Paulo.

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Tourist Places

 
 

Beaches

sant_beach In the 7 km of beaches from Santos is the largest continuous garden of the world. The garden of Santos, was in the Guiness World Records in 2000 as the larger beach front garden of the world.
The Santos Bay with their hills and islands and the ships waiting the entrance in the port complements the landscape.
 

Aquarius

sant_aquarium Totally renewed and modernized the Aquarius reopened in January 2006 with a lot of innovations: a great oceanic tank whit 5m height, an Amazonian tank that reproduces Amazonas river and a touch tank.
The great attraction is the sea wolf Macaezinho, installed in an big tank with 450 thousand liters of water that allows the visualization of the animals.
Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 to 18:00, and Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and summer seasons, from 9:00 to 20:00.
The entrance cost R$ 5,00. Students pay cheaper entrance. People above 60 years and children up to 12 have free admission.
Av. Bartolomeu of Gusmão, s/n - Ponta da Praia - Tel: 3236-9996.
Bus starting from Gonzaga - lines 23 and 42.
 

Monte Serrat

sant_monte Monte Serrat is postcard of Santos. One of the highest points of the city, with 147 meters above the sea level, provides one of the more beautiful views of the city. Of his observatory it is possible to have a complete vision from the Port, hills that surround Santos, Channel of Bertioga, the Estuary and Ilhas Barnabé and Santo Amaro. The funicular trolleys was built in 1923. Over there is an old casino inaugurated in 1927. The Casino has been completely reformed and is used today for events and parties promoted by the Santos society. In Monte Serrat there is also the Chapel of Mrs. of Monte Serrat, the patron of the city, one of the historical attractions of the city, dated in 1603.
The access is made by a trolley funicular that leaves every half hour.

Praça Correa de Melo, 33 - Centro
tel: (13) 3221-5665.
Bus starting from the Praça Independência - line 20.
 

Orquidário Municipal

sant_botgarden Zoobotanical Park with over 22 000 m² of gardens with natural species and a cultivated forest, wildlife and a collection of orchids.

Warning: The park is closed for renovation since 05/11/2009
 

Morro do José Menino
Itararé

sant_paragliding Crowded area to practice gliding and because of his outlook, which covers the Bay of Santos, with its beaches and the harbor, beach Itararé, and Porchat Island in São Vincente. On top of the hill there are the ramp of the Club Vôo Livre do Litoral Paulista, the Paragliding School Dinâmica do Ar and a cafeteria.
If you want to fly, the Dinâmica do Ar offers flights with pilots in paragliding accredited by a fee of R$ 200,00 (tandem) and R$ 370.00 (triple flight). Just schedule, with two days in advance on the school site or one day in advance at tel. (13) 3321-5044, Cel. / WhatsApp: (13) 9772-5044; or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The school operates every day from 10am to 18pm. Car access is available on Rua Monteiro Lobato, José Menino (see map). You can also ascend by cable car situated on the beach Itararé, São Vincente
   
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