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• São Luis

Stunningly beautiful beaches, a very lively Carnival and the largest architectonic complex of Portuguese origin in Brazil; São Luís in Maranhão is all that and a little more.

Although founded by the French, the capital of Maranhão shows little evidence of that except for the names of a few streets and monuments – such as the beautiful La Ravardière Palace, and a refined touch in its local cuisine. The main features of the city were inherited from the Portuguese: the incredible row of tiled houses and the countless surnames of Portuguese origin, among other influences.

In 1997, São Luís was awarded the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in recognition for the preservation of its magnificent and homogenous Latin American colonial architectonic complex from the 18th and 19th Centuries. There are more than 3,500 buildings of incomparable historic and artistic value that portray the way of life of the city"s ancient well-to-do families.

São Luís is bathed by the warm waters of the São Marcos Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and permanently heated by the sun.

It is hot all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 26°C to 28°C.

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