Belo Horizonte

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Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte has no sea, but without a doubt it is a destination that always surprises. In addition to the hospitality of the miners, discover with us what makes this city so special!

The capital of Minas Gerais mixes the charm of the interior with the modernity of large urban centers — in addition, it is the perfect destination for those looking for quick and diverse routes . It is a fact that, at first glance, “Beagá”, as it is affectionately called, is not among the cities most sought after by tourists. However, it is impossible to go there and not be enchanted by the attractions for all tastes and ages.

Want to plan a visit to the capital of Minas Gerais, but still don’t know  what to do in Belo Horizonte ? Do not worry! In this post, we gather the main information and attractions about the city chosen for your next trip. Come on?

History of Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, although it is  one of the main cities in the country , is quite new, especially when compared to other Brazilian capitals. Its history began in 1701, with the foundation of Arraial Curral del Rei — where BH is now located.

In 1893, it was determined that it would become the capital of the state of Minas Gerais instead of Ouro Preto, which was not prepared for urban expansion due to its hills and relief.

This, incidentally, was one of the reasons why Belo Horizonte was fully planned and built to be the main political and administrative center of Minas Gerais. Its construction began in 1894 with an emphasis on modernity, positivist ideals and urbanism. It was only in 1901 that the region received the name by which it is called.

After going through the problems that every new city usually faces, Belo Horizonte was able to develop its full potential in the 1940s, with the advance of industrialization.

At that time, one of the main attractions of the capital was created: the Pampulha Architectural Complex, comprising the Church of São Francisco de Assis (which we will talk about later), the Casa do Baile, the Pampulha Art Museum and the Iate Tênis Clube, with projects signed by Oscar Niemeyer.

What makes the city so special

It is not difficult to let yourself be conquered by the way of Belo Horizonte. There, you  will certainly feel at home , both for the hospitality of its inhabitants (who do not hesitate to offer a cup of coffee accompanied by a nice cheese bread) and for its interior atmosphere – mixed, of course, with the cosmopolitan atmosphere that it carries. most of the city.

Another strong point of BH is its many bars. No wonder that the city received the title of  “Brazilian capital of bars” , with about 14 thousand establishments specialized in serving the best cold beers, as well as delicious snacks and meals. With that, it  goes without saying that the  nightlife in Belo Horizonte is quite hectic, with different types of environments and for all tastes.

The truth is, you don’t have to worry about Beagá. The city is  completely prepared to serve its residents and tourists , with a very strong infrastructure in terms of leisure, culture and food. Once there, it won’t be long before you plan your next visit. After all, as the sertanejos César Menotti and Fabiano used to say, “there is no better place than Belo Horizonte”.