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Joao Pessoa, Brazil - Lagoon & Beaches, Nice Place For A Stopover

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2017   » View Photoset (40 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Did you know that Joao Pessoa directly translates to English to be John Person? Interesting. It was renamed in 1930 after former governor
Brazil Photo - Old historical building in Joao Pessoa - Maconaria Branca Dias (1918).
Old historical building in Joao Pessoa - Maconaria Branca Dias (1918).
Joao Pessoa Cavalcanti de Albuquerque, previously Joao Pessoa was called Parahyba. The city has well-maintained historical buildings and a large lagoon and park in the center. I made a stop in Joao Pessoa for the day and night to break up the journey from Recife and Olinda on my way north to Pipa Beach (Praia da Pipa). 2hrs 15mins by bus from Recife to Joao Pessoa. A convenient hotel outside the Rodoviaria bus terminal was a good place to stay so as to make an early getaway the next morning.

The Historical Center

The historical center and lagoon are all within 1km from here. Up the hill a little towards the center, the first significant building I came to was the huge white postal building (Correios,
Brazil Photo - A pair of ceramic snake creatures, A Pedra do Reino monument in Joao Pessoa.
A pair of ceramic snake creatures, A Pedra do Reino monument in Joao Pessoa.
Telegraphos) with its tall triplet palm trees outside. 80 meters away is the theatre called Theatro Santa Roza painted pink. The cathedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora das Neves (Basilica of Our Lady of the Snows) can be seen up the hill slightly as can the Sao Bento Monastery. This is the center of the historical area. The long pink building nearby with all the arched windows is the Faculty of Medical Sciences, all the buildings are in perfect condition. The Blue Tile Room called Casarao dos Azulejos I believe will be renovated soon, the blue tiles were brought from Portugal in the 19th century. Opposite the Blue Tile Room is Bispo Palace - a beautiful yellow building with blue window
Brazil Photo - Basilica de Nossa Senhora das Neves, clock, bell towers, arches, church in Joao Passoa.
Basilica de Nossa Senhora das Neves, clock, bell towers, arches, church in Joao Passoa.
shutters and white columns. Beside the palace is the Church of Santa Teresa of Jesus and the Church Of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmo). Nearby is the church Igreja Sao Francisco which is quite spectacular, it was built by Franciscan friars in 1589 and was used as a fort by Dutch invadors in 1634.

Lagoa Park and Lagoon

Walking to Lagoon Park (Lagoa Park) takes 10mins from the historical
Brazil Photo - Ceramic work with great detail located at Lagoa Park in Joao Pessoa, a ceramic face and body.
Ceramic work with great detail located at Lagoa Park in Joao Pessoa, a ceramic face and body.
center. Lagoa Park is a beautiful public space with lots of grass and tall palm trees all around! There are eateries and activities for children, while at the same time being a very peaceful place for adults. There's an awesome ceramic work monument at the park called 'A Pedra do Reino' for which I have some detailed photos.

A Good Place for a Stopover

In Joao Pessoa the climate is tropical, the beaches are 7kms from the center and there's several museums and cultural centers too. It was a pretty good place for a stopover in retrospect, I'm sure I'll pass through again! From Joao Pessoa north to Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), firstly you need to go to Goianinha (90mins), then from there a bus to Pipa takes 30-40mins. Happy traveling!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Joao Pessoa (Brazil) to:


Map location: Joao Pessoa, Brazil. The city of Joao Pessoa has well-maintained historical buildings and a large lagoon and park in the center. There is an awesome ceramic work at the park, check out the photos! Joao Pessoa makes a good stopover between Recife and Pipa Beach.
 A : Olinda - Brazil 94 kms 94 kms straight distance
 B : Recife - Brazil 100 kms 100 kms straight distance
 C : Pipa Beach - Brazil 101 kms 101 kms straight distance
 D : Ponta Negra Beach / Natal - Brazil 154 kms 154 kms straight distance
 E : Maceio and Maragogi - Brazil 288 kms 288 kms straight distance
 F : Penedo and Neopolis - Brazil 391 kms 391 kms straight distance
 G : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 751 kms 751 kms straight distance
 H : Sao Luis - Brazil 1156 kms 1156 kms straight distance
 I : Belem - Brazil 1627 kms 1627 kms straight distance
 J : Brasilia - Brazil 1717 kms 1717 kms straight distance
 K : Belo Horizonte - Brazil 1727 kms 1727 kms straight distance
 L : Ouro Preto - Brazil 1737 kms 1737 kms straight distance
 M : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 1825 kms 1825 kms straight distance
 N : Macapa - Brazil 1997 kms 1997 kms straight distance
 O : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 1988 kms 1988 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Joao Pessoa, Brazil:

Hotel Ouro Preto, Joao Pessoa, Brazil - Large Photo
Hotel Ouro Preto, Joao Pessoa, Brazil (March 2017 - 1 night) - Located beside the bus terminal so it's handy to have a look around the center and make a fast getaway! $65 Reals for a simple room that was a little musty but adequate for a night. The owners were friendly and helpful and the morning breakfast was good. A place to break the journey between Olinda and Pipa.

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