Thriving, modern, well cared for. A city where development, culture, quality of life and environmental responsibility go hand in hand to provide its residents a place where living is a pleasure. Stimulating chill, pine nuts, hot chocolate, a glass of wine by the fireplace. Snuggle up.
Curitiba is one of the happiest examples of the benefits of multiculturalism. In its origins are Indians, Portuguese and blacks. Then Germans, were followed by Italians, Poles and Ukrainians. And, later, Japanese, Syrians and Lebanese, and last but not least, Austrians, Swiss, Dutch, French and Russians.
The city reflects this wealth in their different areas of art and culture and the way of life of its determined people, aware and open to new and different ideas.
The architectural heritage of the city gathers colonial buildings, neoclassical, Byzantine and Eastern and ranges from modest colorful buildings of Praça Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square) to the imposing Palácio São Francisco. Modernity in the Museu Oscar Niemeyer, art nouveau in the metal frame of the greenhouse of Jardim Botânico.
And the icing on the cake: the title owner of Ecological Capital of Brazil, Curitiba has 81 million square meters of preserved green area and dozens of beautifully cared parks where walking is a pleasure.
Imagine a single lane road full of hairpin turns that require doubled attention. What may seem like a problem for the driver is actually one of the most beautiful roads of the country, the Graciosa Road, which starts in Régis Bittencourt highway, 40 kilometers from the center of Curitiba.
The Graciosa was built about 150 years, making use of old indigenous and drovers’ pathways to connect the plateau to the coastal region of Curitiba. The road, which at this point is called Serra da Graciosa, was used to transport yerba mate produced in the region of Campo Largo to the ports of Paranaguá and Antonina.
Nowadays, turned into a road-park, Graciosa allows you to have contact with one of the best preserved stretches of Atlantic forest. When you arrive at the coast, you will be close to Morretes. Take the time to visit the city and savor the delicious Barreado, a typical dish. Then visit Antonina, on the banks of Baía de Paranaguá, and your wonderful ride will be complete
Another option to go down the Serra da Graciosa is the Litorina, a railroad which goes through 13 tunnels and 30 bridges, and, at some points travels very close to the cliffs, providing unforgettable views and thrills.