municipality of Pernambuco State, Brazil

Gravatá is a city in Pernambuco, Brazil.

Gravatá

Get inEdit

Gravatá is in the Agreste Region of Pernambuco. Fly to Recife's Guararapes International Airport. The city is only 86 kilometers west of Recife on interstate highwy BR-232. The same BR-232 leads to Caruaru (an addition 54-km drive).

Get aroundEdit

SeeEdit

  • Alto do Cruzeiro lookout point, with a statue of Christ the Redeemer. Access through the Escadaria da Felicidade (Stairs of Happiness).
  • Artisan Station (Estação do Artesão), handicraft and arts center located in the old train station.
  • Recife-Gravatá Railway.
  • City Memorial (Memorial da Cidade), cultural center and museum located in the old prison building (1911).
  • Beautiful historical buildings include:
    • Prefeitura (City Hall) (1909)
    • Matriz de Sant'Anna Church (1810)
    • Cruzeiro Chapel
    • Guimarães House, at Rua Rui Barbosa, 126
    • Antonio Farias House, at Rua João Pessoa, 12
    • Cabral House, at Avenida Governador Agamenon Magalhães, 14
    • Chalets in Avenida Joaquim Didier (Chalet Vallois, Chalet Farias, Chalet Amadeu Battar)
    • Caranguejo Sugar Plantation, in the district of Uruçu-Mirim (16 km from city center)
  • Pernambuco Orchids Center (Centro de Orquídeas de Pernambuco), located at Recanto Baraúna
  • Mountains and hills: Serra das Ruças, Serra das Cãibras, Serra da Estrela, Serra do Maroto
  • Balneário de Dona Nadir, natural pools
  • Cachoeira da Palmeira waterfalls
  • Tao wateralls
  • Flower, strawberry and pineapple farms

DoEdit

FestivitiesEdit

  • Frei Damião Festivities, every May. Walk from the Matriz Nossa Senhora de Santa'Ana Church to the Riacho do Mel Chapel, where Frei Damião celebrate his first mass in Brazil.
  • São João Festivities, in late June.

TrekkingEdit

Several exciting trails are available:

  • Estrada de Chã-Grande Trail
  • Flores Trail (at Fazenda Pedra do Tao, in Camocim district)
  • Fonte de Água Mineral Trail (at Fazenda Pedra do Tao, in Camocim district)
  • Karawatá Trail (at Serra do Maroto)
  • Palmeira Trail (at Sitio da Palmeira)
  • Pedra do Tao Trail (at Fazenda Pedra do Tao, Camocim district)
  • Três Vendas Trail (at Sítio Três Vendas)
  • Trilhos Trail (at Fazenda Canaã)
  • Mocó Stone Park (Parque de Pedras do Mocó)

Train Tunnels: 14 train tunnels are located in the Serra das Ruças mountains. Russinhas village is a pineapple-producing community.

Adventure SportsEdit

  • Cascavel Train Bridge (19th century), built by the British. Extreme sports. Rappel.
  • Pedra Branca (75 meters). Alpinism, rappel, free flight.
  • Pedra Dourada
  • Pedra do Tao. Rappel, climbing, orchids.

BuyEdit

  • Furniture.
  • Handicrafts.
  • Fresh flowers, strawberries and pineapple.
  • Desserts: Doce de Leite and Garra Sertaneja.

EatEdit

  • Local traditional dishes include buchada, sarapatel and galinha cabidela.
  • Gravatá is also famous for its fondue restaurants.
  • Desserts: Doce de Leite and Garra Sertaneja.

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

  • Casa Grande Gravatá [1], BR-232, Km 82, tel.: +55 81 3533-0920 and +55 81 3465-3011
  • Fazenda Céu Aberto [2], Estrada Velha de Chã Grande, km 3, tel.: +55 81 9126-9600
  • Highlander [3]], Estrada de Chã Grande, tel.: +55 81 3515-1517 and +55 81 3424-3838
  • Portal de Gravatá [4], BR-232, km 82, tel.: +55 81 3533-0288 and +55 81 3227-0345
  • Spa Oásis [5], Fazenda Sampaio, R. Duarte Coelho, tel.: +55 81 3533-0380 and +55 81 9972-0990
  • Sempre Verde/Evergreen Experiences & Horse Trekking [6] [dead link], ecotourism, birdwatching, 12 km from central Gravatá, 800 metres above sea level, tel.: +55 81 3533-7524 / +55 81 9958-3861.

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