Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, the capital from Minas Gerais, is proud to be one of the best cities in the Country to live. It has wide avenues, squares and forested areas, delighting everyone who visits.
Fondly nicknamed Belô or Beagá, the city offers interesting leisure areas, theaters boasting an intense artistic-cultural production, good and varied cuisine, exquisite handcrafts available on the markets and specialized stores, and maintains a traditional characteristic: the mineira hospitality.
The city is currently a dynamic metropolis, with 2,5 million residents. Considering the municipalities forming the Metropolitan Region, this population goes up to four million residents, according to the 2000 Census. In today’s bold and modern city, the economic development has been going through the professionalization of many different tourism segments, above all the events and business segments. For this reason the advantages this city could offer do not stop there.
BH has a quality tourism infrastructure, with good airports, hotels and restaurants, a vast array of services, sophisticated shopping, active nightlife and good spaces for medium sized events, contributing for the consolidation of its vocation for the business and services sector.
Comida di Buteco
In January and February, a specialist jury selects 31 bars which, in the months of April and May, compete to see which one makes the best appetizers.
International Theater Festival/FIT-BH Palco & Rua
With the merger of two projects that would happen separately in 1994 – one stage based, organized by the Francisco Nunes Theater, and the other street based, idealized by Grupo Galpão – came FIT-BH Palco & Rua. Produced every two years, under responsibility from the Belo Horizonte City Hall, through the Municipal Culture Office and the Association Movimento Teatro de Grupo of Minas Gerais, in the program there are street and stage shows, and also seminars, workshops, courses, talks, etc.
FID - Circulando BH
FID – Circulando BH is the new performance program from FID aiming the wide dissemination of contemporary dance in the city of Belo Horizonte. It’s the program that makes feasible presentations of groups from Belo Horizonte in their hometown.
For this project the priority invitations went to the shows created by groups and choreographers living in the city of Belo Horizonte – Raquel Pires, Meia Ponta Dance Company, Camaleão Dance Group, Idéia de Dança, Cia SeraQue?, Gabriela Christófaro, Mário Nascimento Dance Company, Dudude Herrmann and Palácio das Artes Dance Company.
The purpose is to take shows and other activities such as workshops, talks and video screenings to the less privileged regions of the city regarding access to cultural assets.
Liberdade Square Architectural Complex
One of the best trips for those visiting Belo Horizonte is the landscape and architectural complex at Liberdade Square. Built at the time of the capital’s foundation, it boasts a mixture of various styles, which are the live portrait of the city’s evolution. Neoclassic (end of the XIX century), Art-Déco (1940’s decade), Modern (1950 and 1960’s decades) and Postmodern (1980). It’s also the center of the mineiro Executive power; actually, it has been designed for this purpose. It centralizes great part of the State Offices, and also the Liberdade Palace, where the Governor is based.
For quite some time Belo Horizonte held the title of “Garden City”. Even today, the amount of green preservation is impressive. There are over two million trees, including streets, parks and squares.
The belo-horizontino has double the green area recommended by the World Health Organization. There are 500 squares, contributing for a better quality of life in the city – places for sports practice, cultural demonstrations and recreation.
Pampulha Architectural Complex
The artificial lagoon was built in the 1940 decade, when Juscelino Kubitscheck was the Mayor. To compose its margins the architect Oscar Niemeyer has designed an architectural complex that became a reference and has influenced all the modern Brazilian architecture. Part of the complex are the São Francisco de Assis church, the Art Museum, Baile House and the Iate Tênis Club. Burle Marx’s gardens, Portinari’s painting and scupltures from Ceschiatti, Zamoiski and José Pedrosa complete and add value to the project conceived for the lagoon.
The Pampulha margins gather many leisure options, such as the Mineirinho stadium, the Zoo, the Lagoon’s Equestrian Preparation Center, and bike and walking tracks. Also located there is the Governador Magalhães Pinto Stadium, better known as "Mineirão".
The mineira capital has almost 30 parks and a further 200 green areas. It is an environmental heritage that contributes to make the city more pleasant for residents and visitors.
Belo Horizonte has a number of museums, among them: Mineiro Museum, Abílio Barreto Historic Museum, Arts and Workmanship Museum, Natural History Museum and the UFMG Botanic Gardens, Telephone Museum, Pampulha Art Museum, Mineralogy Museum Prof. Djalma Guimarães, UFMG Conservatory, Giramundo Museum.
The city boasts other attractions, such as: observatories, movie theaters, nightclubs, live music, etc.
Cachaça (sugar cane spirit)
Cachaças from all over the State, pure and aged, can be found at Banca do Ronaldo, located at Avenida Augusto de Lima, 744, stores 34 and 141, Center – Central Market. Phone numbers: +55 (31) 3274-9611 / 3274-9674; open Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 6pm, and on Sundays, 8am to 1pm.
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Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais