Information about João Pessoa

Geography and tourism

   João Pessoa is considered one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Brazil. It is the capital of the state of Paraíba, located in the northeast of Brazil, in the easternmost point of the American Continent, being known as the city where the sun rises first. Besides, it is considered the second greenest in the world with more than seven kilometers square of forested land. Located below the Equator line, with maximal and minimal temperatures around 32 °C (82.4 °F) and 22 °C (71.6 °F), respectively, in August and September. It contains 40 km of urban tropical beaches with warm seawater around 26 °C that attracts tourist activities, which are one of the João Pessoa’s largest economic contributions. The city is characterized by the juxtaposition of these tropical beaches, modern architecture and historical buildings from colonial periods, such as the baroque style Saint Francis Church (1589) and Saint Anthony Convent (1779).

Science and Education

   João Pessoa city hosts three public Universities, the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), the State University of Paraíba (UEPB) and the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Paraíba (IFPB). Those institutions altogether contain more than 57 departments, a faculty staff with more than 2000 members, around 32500 undergraduate students and 4200 graduate students that have been contributing to the national scientific development through the formation of high quality human resources in the main areas of knowledge.

Infrastructure and Accessibility

   João Pessoa city has a planned infrastructure for hosting big events as has been shown in the last years by the presence of several important international scientific conferences. The city is accessible by car and buses from Recife (130 km away) and by several daily flights departing from important cities in Brazil like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Natal, Fortaleza and Brasília.


Culture and Cuisine

   The traditions and cultural expressions of João Pessoa are captivating including the regional parties, dance music (also called/such Forró) and beautiful handcrafts. Its cuisine is very traditional with plenty of recipes based on regional ingredients like corn, different roots (cassava, yams etc.), sun-dried meat and tropical fruits (pineapple, mangaba, cajá, soursop fruit, cashew, mango, watermelon etc.).

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