A visit to Vitória is first and foremost a trip through History, back to the time of the first settlers, when you explore the Palácio Anchieta, on your way into the Cidade Alta. Now home to the government of the State of Espírito Santo, the sixteenth-century building also houses a cultural space, where an interesting collection of antique furniture and works of art is exhibited. Nearby, you’ll discover Vitória’s unmissable attractions: the MUCANE (Museu Capixaba do Negro), Moscoso park, and São Gonçalo church, a listed Brazilian Heritage Site. Just a short walk from here is the coastline with its fishermen’s quarters, such as Ilha das Caieiras, and lovely beaches such as Praia da Direita. Departing from our hotel near the Terceira Ponte, a bridge just under two miles long, you can easily cross the bay to reach Vila Velha, one of Brazil’s oldest towns. Once there, you can admire Penha convent, São Francisco port, the Homero Massena museum, or Casa da Memória.