Campos do Jordao Tourist Attractions
Campos do JordãoSituation and CharacteristicsCampos do Jordão, situated in the Serra da Mantiqueira 184km/114mi north-east of São Paulo, is one of the most fashionable spas and holiday resorts in Brazil. Both the architectural style of the town and the surrounding countryside have something of a European air. Average temperatures range over the year between 9°C/48°F and 27°C/81°F.Bus station: Avenida Dr Januário Miraglia
CapivariMost of the artistic and cultural events in Campos do Jordão take place in the central district of Capibari. Off Praça de Capivari, the scene of many events in the Winter Festival, runs Avenida Genäve, with half-timbered buildings and elegant shops. Near this street is Capivari Park, with an 800m/880yd long chair-lift to the summit of the Morro do Elefante (1800m/5900ft), from which there are views of the whole city. In the park is a lake on which pedalos and rowing boats can be hired; there are rides in horse-drawn carriages; and there is also a karting track.
Campose do Jordão - Winter Festival
Winter FestivalThe Winter Festival of Campos do Jordão, which has been held annually in July since 1970, has developed into one of the most interesting cultural events in the state of São Paulo. Its success has been so great that fourteen other communes have now joined in. To the concerts of classical contemporary music have been added film showings, shows and various sporting events.
TramsSmall trams ply between Capivari and Abernéssia (12km/7.5mi south-west) and a narrow-gauge railway runs from the Emílio Ribas station, near the park, through the Serra to Santo Antìnio do Pinhal and Pindamonhangaba.
Palácio Boa Vista
Palácio Boa VistaThe Palácio Boa Vista, the winter residence of the Governor of São Paulo, is a Tudor-style villa (1938-63) standing high up in the Serra above the districts of Capivari, Abernéssia and Jaguaribe. It houses one of the largest art exhibitions in the country, with works by Volpi, Anita Malfati and other Brazilian painters, and 17th and 18th century silver and furniture.
Museu Felícia Leirner
Felícia Leirner MuseumNearby is one of Brazil's few open-air museums, the Museu Felícia Leirner, constructed in 1978. On the hills and avenues within its area are 78 large sculptures of people and animals presented to the museum by the sculptress.
Concert HallCampos do Jordão's Concert Hall, built specially for performances during the Winter Festival, is set in a large park (area 350,000sq.m/418,600sq.yds); it is constructed entirely of exposed concrete and glass.
Mineral springsWithin the city area are a number of mineral springs: in Abernéssia the Fonte das Amizades and Fonte da Volta Fria, in Avenida Senador Roberto Simonsen the Fonte Simão-Capivari and the Fonte Renato (Parada Damas).