The place where you live well and always makes you feel welcome is the place you call home. If so, home for me is definitely my hometown João Pessoa, in the Northeast of Brazil. The city where the sunrises first; the easternmost point in the Americas is also home to some of the most accomplished 19th and 20th century Brazilian poets and writers such as Augusto dos Anjos, José Américo de Almeida, José Lins do Rego and Pedro Américo. With summer basically all year long, you will find amazing beaches up and down its coastline, great people and a mix of new design and historically traditional architecture. It’s the perfect place for visiting all year round, especially if you enjoy a small-town feeling, with a laid back attitude and delicious traditional regional cuisine.
Quick tip: where to go, what to eat - João Pessoa offers great food and hospitable people. Make sure you eat at Mangai Restaurant (typical regional food); Nau (seafood); Guliver (contemporary); Adega do Alfredo (Portuguese cuisine); Sao Braz coffeshop (quick snack, great coffee). Beaches: Cabo Branco; Tambau; Intermares; Camboinha (where you can take a boat during the summer and go to the island Areia Vermelha). Sightseeing: Sunset in Jacare Beach; Conjunto São Francisco; Conjunto do Carmo; Igreja de São Bento.
Considered “the second greenest city in the world”. João Pessoa has more than 7 square kilometres (2.7 sq mi) of forested land, second only to Paris.
“Tudo por um pedaço de terra pequenino, maior do que a terra, maior do que o mundo, maior do que o céu, menor do que Deus – a Paraíba!” – Alcides Vieira Carneiro