Joao Pessoa



The capital of Paraiba state, Joao Pessoa lies on the easternmost tip of South America and 1,060 mi/1,705 km northeast of Brasilia. It is Brazil's third-oldest city. The main reason to visit is to see the Igreja Sao Francisco, one of Brazil's most interesting churches. Elements of several European architectural styles can be seen in its facade (the Dutch, French and Portuguese all occupied the city at different times).

The beaches are also good. Nearby Praia de Tambaba (about 20 mi/35 km south of the city) is one of Brazil's most famous nude beaches.

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