Santos Cruises

Home to one of the largest ports in South America, Santos is a popular destination for the major cruise lines that sail the waters around – largely because the city acts as the gateway to São Paulo.

The largest city in Brazil, São Paulo is packed with things to see and do and is well worth a visit if an excursion is available as part of your cruise.

You could spend time visiting museums and galleries like the Ipiranga Museum, the Natural Science Museum and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – the latter being one of the most important art museums in the country.

Other highlights include the large São Paulo Cathedral, the cosmopolitan nightlife and the top class cuisine that reflects the melting pot of nationalities that can be found in the different districts across the city.

However, there is plenty to explore in Santos itself, meaning you don’t have to head off to explore São Paulo if you want to make the most of your time ashore.

Santos has undergone huge redevelopment in recent years to become a destination that tourists will enjoy visiting in its own right.

Having been a major hub for the export of coffee through the years, the chance to visit the Brazilian coffee museum provides an opportunity to discover more about one of the most important industries in the country.

Amongst the other museums within the city is one dedicated to the career of the legendary footballer Pelé, who spent the majority of his career playing for Santos – scoring more than 1,000 goals in the process.

Sports fans might also enjoy a trip to the museum that tells the story of his club, where you can marvel at the hundreds of trophies that Santos – one of the biggest names in Brazilian football - has won through the years.

Santos is also home to an impressive Orchid Garden as well as a popular aquarium, with other sites worth exploring including the neo-gothic style cathedral, St Anthony Embare Basilica and the huge beaches that line the coast.

The historic tram network is a great way to get around and adds to the whole experience of spending time in the city.

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