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Things to do in Vila Velha – Espírito Santo

Post updated on 01/30/2022

Things to do in Vila Velha – where the state of Espírito Santo was born
Many don’t know (and we didn’t know either), but the state of Espírito Santo was born in Vila Velha on May 23, 1535. Briefly, this was the date on which the Portuguese Vasco Fernandes Coutinho arrived in the city to take possession of the lands given to him by the Portuguese crown. Because it was Pentecost, Coutinho christened the captaincy Vila do Espírito Santo.

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The place where they arrived, known as Prainha, is at the foot of the Penha Hill. That’s exactly where the Holy Spirit was born. In this same place, years later, in the cove of Inhoã, the Fort of São Francisco Xavier de Piratiningain 1702, to defend the bay.

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It is also important to note that Vila Velha was the capital of the state of Espírito Santo until 1550, when it moved to Vitória, after constant indigenous attacks.

It was at this time that the Jesuits also arrived in the locality, including the important Father Jose de Anchieta (see article about Guarapariwhere we tell you a little about the tourist route that reproduces the steps of Anchieta in the state).

But it was only in 1889 that the village gained state status.

Vila Velha location

Located 12 kilometers from Vitória, Vila Velha is the oldest city in the state and the second most populous (data from wikipedia).

It has 32 kilometers of beaches and important historical monuments, such as the Penha Conventdating from the 16th century, the São Francisco Xavier Fort (17th century), the Santa Luzia Lighthouse (19th century) and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário (16th century).

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Among the main beaches are Praia da Costa, Praia de Itaparica, Prainha, Praia de Itapoã, Barra do Jucu, Praia da Concha, Balneário Ponta da Fruta and Praia de Piratininga.

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Our tour in Vila Velha took place on April 22, 2015, the last day of our visit to the state of Espírito Santo. Until then, we know a little about Guarapari and its beautiful beaches.

we hire the city ​​tour basic with the Deni Taxi to get to know the main sights of Vila Velha and Vitória, on the same day.

Among the places we visited are:

– Penha Convent: what to do in Vila Velha

One of the oldest sanctuaries in Brazil, the Penha Convent Its construction began in 1558 at the behest of Frei Pedro Palácio.

It is situated at an altitude of 154 meters and has free entry.

It works: daily – from 7:30 am to 5 pm
Address: Rua Vasco Coutinho, s/n – Vila Velha – Espírito Santo
Telephone: +55 27-3329-0420
Value: free

Penha Convent - What to do in Vila Velha - Espírito Santo
Penha Convent – ​​What to do in Vila Velha – Espírito Santo

– Lojinha da Garoto: what to do in Vila Velha

This is where several Garoto products are sold. On the day of our visit, we got a promotion: when you buy two easter eggs, the third one is free.

also has the Museum and the Chocolate Factorybut due to the short time (we were going to return to Belo Horizonte at night), we only visited the little shop.

Loja da Garoto - What to do in Vila Velha - Espírito Santo
Kid’s Store

But do you know how Garoto came about?

It all started when the German Henrique Meyerfreund started manufacturing candies in Vila Velha.

Once ready, they were placed on trays and sold, by boys, on street corners and tram stops.

In time, everyone said they were going to buy the boys’ candy and the name “got it”. Therefore, the company logo is a boy with a board in his hands.

According to company data, Garoto is now the largest chocolate factory in Brazil and the fifth in the world.

Kid store

It works – Monday to Friday – from 9 am to 5 pm | Saturdays – 9 am to 2 pm
Museum – open from Monday to Friday – from 9 am to 4 pm | Saturdays – 9 am to 1 pm
Chocotur – Monday to Friday – from 9 am to 3 pm (by appointment only site)
Address: Meyerfreund Square, 01 – Glória – Vila Velha
Value: Store: free | Museum: R$ 10 | Chocotur: consult when booking
* Values ​​updated in May 2018
Note to know the Factory and perform the Chocotourit is necessary to schedule the visit, which lasts around 2 hours

Loja da Garoto - What to do in Vila Velha - Espírito Santo
Boy with a board is the company’s brand

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– Vale Museum: what to do in Vila Velha

O Valley Museum – brings together the entire history of the Vitória Minas Railroad.

The place has a permanent collection with more than 18 thousand items (data obtained from the information available to tourists).

It has photos, plans, maps, documents and objects that rescue the memories of this railroad that cuts more than 900 kilometers between Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo.

The Museum is maintained by Vale.

It works:
January: Tuesday to Sunday – from 10 am to 6 pm
February to December: from tuesday to friday: from 8 am to 5 pm | Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm
Address: Former Pedro Nolasco Station, s/n – Rings – Vila Velha – Espírito Santo
Telephone: +55 27 3333-2484
Value: free

Vale Museum - What to do in Vila Velha - Espírito Santo
Vale Museum – What to do in Vila Velha – Espírito Santo

– Itaparica, Itapoã, Costa and Sereia beaches

In addition to the tourist spots, we also passed quickly by some beaches.

THE Praia da Costa is the most famous and busiest of Vila Velha, with five kilometers long. It is 3 kilometers from the Penha Convent.

Praia da Costa
Praia da Costa – What to do in Vila Velha – Espírito Santo

With calm waters, the Mermaid Beach It is separated from Praia da Costa by Ponta da Sereia, a very charming little square.

Its name came after the merchant Lúcio painted a mermaid on the facade of his bar and this became a point of reference in the region.

Mermaid Beach
1st Photo: Praia da Sereia. 2nd photo: View of Praia da Sereia – In the background, the official residence of the Governor of Espírito Santo. 3rd photo: mermaid stone

THE Itapoã beachlike Sereia, is also a continuation of Praia da Costa.

Itapoã beach
Itapoã Beach – What to do in Vila Velha – Espírito Santo

Finally, with five kilometers, the Itaparica beach it continues to Praia da Costa and Itapoã and is the liveliest beach on the edge of Vila Velha.


D&D Mundo Afore met old village through partnership with Deni Taxiwhich did not charge us the transfer and the ride. Despite this, the information, opinions and evaluations reported here are entirely personal and reflect the real experiences lived by the members of the blogwhether positive or negative.

Update in July 2018: Deni Taxi is no longer in operation.

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