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Colonial Brazil

Colonial Brazil holidays


Brazil's well-preserved colonial towns are atmospheric places to spend a few days during a tailor-made tour, surrounded by elegant architecture and tangible history. Olinda and Salvador in North Eastern Brazil are two of the most popular choices, while the mining towns of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state are also not to be missed. But there are others, too, up and down the country, full of colourful festivals and fascinating local legends.

Brazil's colonial history began with the arrival of Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. British, French and Dutch traders soon seized opportunities to make their own mark on this vast land full of promise, and Jesuit missionaries set about converting the indigenous Brazilians to Christianity. The colonial towns tell the history of the nation, from the planting of sugar plantations and the boom generated by the gold rush, to the slave trade and Brazil's struggle for independence. The beautiful old colonial towns have narrow cobbled lanes and impressive plazas lined with mansions, churches and whitewashed town houses - and visiting them is a real highlight of a Brazil holiday.


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Top itineraries in Colonial Brazil

Ilha Grande Island, Brazil, South America

Brazil's Green Coast and waterfalls

12-day tailor-made holiday from £3,430 pp incl. flights

Combine the very best of Brazil's cities, beaches and natural world, from Rio – the home of Carnival – to the golden sands of Ilha Grande, historic Paraty and the crashing torrents of Iguazu Falls.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £5,710 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

São Miguel dos Milagres

Brazil’s Coral Coast self-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,015 pp incl. flights

It's time to hit the road on this Brazil self-drive holiday, crossing four states – Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia – in the country's stunning northeast region.

Where to go in Colonial Brazil

Olinda, Brazil


Olinda is one of Brazil's best-preserved colonial cities, founded by the Portuguese in 1535 and later occupied by the Dutch. Its grand churches, gardens and cobbled streets are easily explored on foot, and form a fine backdrop for Olinda's spectacular Carnival celebrations.

Paraty, state Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Paraty is one of Brazil's best-preserved colonial towns. Situated towards the western end of the Costa Verde, it was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century and acted as a principal port for the shipping of gold to Europe.

Tiradentes - Minas Gerais, Brazil


Tiradentes is, like Ouro Preto, one of Minas Gerais state's historic gold mining towns. It too has some carefully restored Baroque churches and whitewashed cottages built along steep cobbled streets, which clatter to the hoof-beat and trundling wheels of horse-drawn carriages - which are a popular …

Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais Brazil

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto - or ‘Black Gold' - was named after the darkened nuggets of gold mined nearby during the 18th century gold rush. Fine colonial buildings were constructed on the back of the gold boom, with artists and craftsmen such as the ecclesiastical painter Mestre Athayde and the master sculptor Ale…

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