Winter in Vitoria, which lasts from June to September, has the most pleasant temperatures averaging at approximately 16°C. Many of the Vitoria festivals take place all year round, although the religious festivals are typically the most grand. Carnival in February, as well as Samba Schools and Champions’ Parade attract large crowds and street celebrations.
As with many places, December to January is the off season for air travel. Although these months are considered the summer time in Vitoria, flight prices will be at a yearly low, especially if booked well in advance. It may be possible to barter on the price of hotel rooms, as plenty will be empty.
Located in the south eastern part of Brazil, Vitoria is the capital of the state of Espírito Santo. Vitoria was founded in 1551 by the Spanish, and many structures and landmarks from the colonial period can still be found throughout the city amongst the modern attractions of shopping districts, restaurants, and outdoor activities. The city has recently been rated by the United Nations as one of the best cities in Latin America, rated on health, education, and social improvement projects. Much of Vitoria retains its Spanish heritage, and traces of its colonial period can still be found throughout the city in its town squares, festive holidays, and culture. The city is ideally situated with good transport links to be the starting point for a trip to one of the nearby Brazilian cities, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. As a cultural and historical centre of Brazil, Vitoria is packed with plenty of museums and assorted attractions, both old and modern, with much to interest tourists with an appetite for shopping and taking in the local scene. The historical city centre is surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods, rolling tree-filled hills, and long stretches of white sandy beaches and blue waters. Restaurants, shops, and family owned boutiques are packed into the city centre, much of which will appeal to almost any visitor. Throughout Vitoria there are many historical buildings and museums, such as Palacio Anchieta, Carlos Gomes Theatre, and Metropolitana Cathedral. The adventurous types of visitors will have plenty do to, from diving, surfing, and snorkelling, as well as the Projeto Tamar Vitoria, and local sea turtle sanctuary.
Vitoria has a large transport infrastructure, which includes bus services, trains, and taxis. The BR-101 and BR-262 motorways connect Vitoria to the surrounding cities, as does the Vitoria-Minas Railway station.
Just 8.5 miles (14 km) from the city, Vitoria-Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport (VIX) is connected directly to Vitoria. An airport provided taxi service travels directly to the city for a fixed price, however airport shuttles also operate a regular service and are much cheaper. Many companies have kiosks throughout the terminal which offer car rentals.