Belo Horizonte, or Beagá as the locals call it, is the capital of the Minas Gerais state in south-eastern Brazil. Since its incorporation in 1897, it is the first planned modern city in the Republic of Brazil.
Places to Visit in Belo Horizonte
Famous Landmarks – The Pampulha district is dotted with buildings in contemporary Brazilian architecture, including the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (Igreja de São Francisco de Assis). Parque Guanabara, an amusement park along the banks of an artificial lake, is worth a visit. Plan a day trip to all three caves of Gruta Rei do Mato, Gruta da Lapinha, and Gruta do Maquiné (with seven vast chambers) to look at prehistoric paintings.
Museums – With 21 cutting-edge art galleries and sprawling gardens, the Instituto Inhotim – towards the southwest in Brumadinho – is the largest open-air contemporary art museum in the world. Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, which displays the regional culture of the last four centuries, lies at the beautifully renovated and tree-lined public square, Praça da Liberdade. Other cultural gems include: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto, Museu de Artes e Ofícios, and Museu das Minas e do Metal.
Teatro Alterosa, Teatro Bradesco, Teatro Francisco Nunes, and Teatro Izabela Hendrix are popular centers for performing arts.
Parks and Recreation – The Mangabeiras Park (Parque das Mangabeiras) – in the hills of Serra do Curral – offers panoramic views of the urban sprawl. The zoo and botanical gardens (Jardim Zoológico e Botânico) are ideal getaways for children. Stroll the cosmopolitan streets during Savassi Festival on August evenings, sample traditional Mineira cuisine at a restaurant in Lourdes, browse through the packed stalls at Mercado Central or attend a weekend street fair at the Palácio das Artes.
Places to visit in Belo Horizonte
|Parks||Jardim Japonês (Japanese Garden – Pampulha Area)|
|Parque Municipal Fazenda Lagoa do Nado (Municipal Park – Pampulha Area)|
|Parque Ecológico da Pampulha (Ecological Park – Pampulha Area)|
|Aquário da Prefeitura – Bacia do Rio São Francisco (Municipal Aquarium – Pampulha Area)|
|Zoológico (Zoo – Pampulha Area)|
|Parque Municipal Américo Renné Giannetti (Municipal Park – Central Area)|
|Parque Municipal das Mangabeiras (Municipal Park – Central Area)|
|Parque Municipal Mata das Borboletas (Butterfly – Municipal Park – Central Area)|
|Parque Professor Amílcar Vianna Martins (Municipal Park – Central Area)|
|Parque da Serra do Curral (Park – Central Area)|
|Parque Jornalista Eduardo Couri (Park- Embankment Santa Lúcia – Central Area)|
|Parque Juscelino Kubitschek (JK Park – Central Area)|
|Culture||Praça da Liberdade|
|Centro de Arte Popular- CEMIG|
|Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale|
|Museu das Minas e do Metal|
|Arquivo Público Mineiro|
|Biblioteca Pública Estadual Luiz de Bessa|
|Museu de Artes e Ofícios|
|Casa Fiat de Cultura|