Fly To Vitoria, Brazil
Vitoria is a popular stop-over between Rio de Janeiro and the beach destinations south of Bahia, but this island city is much more than just an in-betweener. Less overpoweringly built-up than Brazil’s larger centres, Vitoria’s mangroves, beaches and granite outcroppings offer a lush, tropical escape from Brazil’s hustle and bustle.
Apart from its own attractions, Vitoria is also pretty close to some popular tourist sites and cities of interest. It makes a great base from which to explore the surrounding area, while enjoying the island comforts of the local town.
Book affordable flights to Vitoria using the online booking tool above, and spend a few days in this steamy paradise before heading deeper into Brazil. It’s a great place to adjust to the local lifestyle and weather, and polish up your Portuguese before hitting the big city.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Vitoria, or anywhere else in Brazil, for up to 30 days. Don’t forget, you’ll still need to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Embassy to Vitoria is situated in Brasilia. SES - Avenida das Nacoes, QD. 801, Lote 6, 70406-900, Brasilia – DF. Phone: + 55 61 3312 9500. Website: africadosul.org.br.
See and do
One of Vitoria’s main draws is its natural beauty, and the beaches, forests and parks beg for lazy strolls and sleepy picnics. Parque da Fonte Grande is the largest park in Vitoria, and preserves an important piece of the rapidly diminishing Atlantic Forest. It’s certainly one of the best places to see local flora and fauna in its natural state, and the 309m high mountain in its borders offers unsurpassed views of Vitoria and beyond.
While it’s not nearly as high as the Parque’s mountain, the Convento da Penha’s hilltop position also offers lovely views. The Franciscan convent dates back to the 16th century, and is one of three main religious attractions in Vitoria, alongside Catedral Metropolitana and Capela de Santa Luzia.
Shopping isn’t a major attraction in Vitoria, but you’ll find most things at the mall located near the Terceira Ponte. Panela de barro - traditional clay cooking pots - make lovely souvenirs if the typical tourist stuff doesn’t appeal.
Public transport in Vitoria isn’t extensive, and your best bet is to use the bus like most locals. Long distance buses are widely available for inter-city transport, but hiring a car is a viable option if you prefer to be behind the wheel. Keep in mind many agencies will only rent a car to over 25s in Brazil, but international agencies like Avis do allow for 21 year olds and up.
Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport – VIX
Food and beverage: Last Call Café, Café Aeroporto.
Currency Exchange: Santander Bank has a branch at Vitoria Airport, and there are ATMs from Itau, Santander and Bradesco as well.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found offices are contactable on +55 27 3235 6312 during work hours, and +55 27 3235 6350 after hours.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Ibis Vitoria, Hotel Canto do Sol, Pousada Lord Camburi and Quality Hotel Aeroporto Vitoria.
Car Hire: King Automotores, Localiza Rent a Car, Unidas and Hertz.