Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre (Joyful Harbor) is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. It's the tenth most populous city in the country and the center of Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area, with 4,405,760 inhabitants (2010 estimates). Porto Alegre is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian state, and is considered one of the wealthiest cities in Latin America.

Founded in 1769 by Manuel Jorge, Porto Alegre’s has welcomed immigrants from all over the world and the largest numbers of the immigrants come from Spain, Poland, Portugal, Germany and Italy. Most of its population is of European descent. The city was geographically formed as the junction of five rivers, and it is on a delta. Porto Alegre is a favorite destination for tourists and with its nice tourist attractions and diverse nightlife, delicious cuisine and exotic locations for people to hangout and have fun.

The people of this city have a great passion for football, although American football is also played in the city primarily by two major teams. Porto Alegre was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA world cup and it has a modern stadium of about 56,000 siting capacity. The city is where three-time World Footballer of the year, Ronaldinho, is from.
Porto Alegre is widely known in Brazil for its vibrant nightlife. The city’s is a home to pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants that provide a very wide range of entertainment to suit every taste. Ronaldinho owns one of the most notable clubs in the Cavalhada neighborhood “Planet Music Hall” which is popular and frequently visited by indigenes and tourists. You might want to check it out.

The cuisine in Porto Alegre is eclectic. One of the most famous foods of Brazil, churrasco (slow-grilled and roasted meat) originated here. Other foods enjoyed and drink enjoyed here are German kuchen, which is generally popular among people of German descent in the South, then bread and pies, and the traditional beverage, the “erva mate”

A wide range of cultural events are held in Porto Alegre. In addition to the traditional celebrations held in the city, a wide variety of activities are organized at Porto Alegre during the different seasons and these include the World Social Forum, Porto Verão Alegre, International Free Software Forum, Farroupilha Week, book fairs, Worldwide Pinhole Photography and of course, Carnival. The Porto Alegre Carnival which began in the 18th century, involves people throwing water and flour at each other. Sounds like great fun, right?

For opera and stage performances, visit the São Pedro Theater, a historical landmark opened over a century ago, and beautifully restored. The theater has its own chamber orchestra, and a good, entertaining musical calendar all year round.