Posted on February 4, 2011
It is one of the most important cities of northern Brazil. With mild weather and enormous architectural heritage, always worth a visit.
You are more than three thousand kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro. It's quaint, ancient, tropical and populous. These four adjectives give a quick idea of what São Luis, a city that houses no fewer than 3500 colonial buildings, heritage has earned him recognition from the UNESCO since 1997.
Inhabited by nearly one million people, São Luis is a city that caters to all kinds of travelers. It is ideal for those wanting to lose between narrow streets and old restored convents and who are just looking for wide beaches with endless sunshine. Temperature recorded no large variations throughout the year and the average is maintained between 26 and 28.
Blessed by its tropical setting has Ponta D'Areia bustling beaches (near the bars and hotels) and other less crowded as Calhau (which runs parallel to Avenida Litorânea). If you opt for more discretion, it is suggested to embark Ilha Do Medo. To appreciate cliffs and hills, ideally Olho d'Água beach, where it is not uncommon to see local fishermen.
What to eat and what to buy
Gastronomically, Maranhao excels in seafood. Among the former are the most common snook and corvina. And if this is typical dishes, most restaurants will tempt you with a "cuxá", a dish made with dried shrimp, manioc flour, toasted sesame seeds and a herb called "forkleaf".
Culinary shopping instead Sao Luis has four large shopping malls and two medium-sized galleries. The most famous is Sao Luis Shopping with nearly 150 stores (including international brands) and a food court where you could taste Japanese food, Arabic and Italian (plus all the usual fast food options).
In how local manufacturing should pace the Crafts Center and / or the "Casa Das Tulhas" looking for hammocks and carpets made from natural fibers of the Amazon region. There are also ceramic but acceptable quality.