Country in South America
Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba music and dance.
top 10 largest cities of brazil list
10. Porto Alegre - Population: 1,472,482
Metropolitan population: approx. 4.4 million
State: Rio Grande do Sul
Founded: 26 March 1772
Area: 497 km2 / 192 sq mi.
Porto Alegre is located at the banks of an estuary of Lagoa dos Patos, the largest lagoon in Brazil. Despite being the capital of ‘gauchos’ state Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre is surprisingly cosmopolitan. With over 190 species of tree, the ‘Happy Port’ is also the greenest state capital of the country.
9. Recife - Population: 1,608,488
Metropolitan population: approx. 4.1 million
Founded: 12 March 1573
Area: 218 km2 / 84 sq mi.
Recife, the ‘Venice of Brasil’ is probably the most complete destination of all the large cities in Brazil. The city of Recife has an interesting history, which can be marvelled at in the Old Town and of course in neighbouring World Heritage Area tagged Olinda...
8. Curitiba - Population: 1,864,416
Metropolitan population: approx. 3.2 million
Founded: 29 March 1693
Area: 431 km2 / 166 sq mi
Usually overlooked by tourists, Curitiba is a well designed city, originally build in the cattle and coffee heyday. Today Curitiba, the capital of Parana state, has less pollution and never-ending traffic jams than other Brazilian cities... Learn more About Curitiba...
7. Manaus - Population: 2,020,301
Metropolitan population: approx. 2.1 million
Founded: 24 October 1669
Area: 11,401 km2 / 4,402 sq mi.
There are few other cities more captivating the minds of adventure travellers than Manaus, ‘Paris of the Jungle’. This legendary city, right in the very heart of the Amazon, became rich in a few decades during the rubber boom, at the turn of the 19th/ 20th century.
6. Belo Horizonte - Population: 2,491,109
Metropolitan population: approx. 5.5 million
State: Minas Gerais
Founded: 12 December 1897
Area: 331 km2 / 128 sq mi.
In many ways Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais (‘General Mines’), feels like a mini Sao Paulo. 'Mini' is of course a relative term, because the metropolitan population of Belo Horizonte is still the 3rd largest in Brazil...
5. Fortaleza - Population: 2,571,896
Metropolitan population: approx. 3.6 million
Founded: 13 April 1726
Area: 314 km2 / 121 sq mi.
Life’s a beach...! Well, at least while visiting Brazil’s north coast and in particular the floundering metropolis of Fortaleza. Considering the harsh conditions of the sertão – the vast barren hinterlands of the Atlantic coast – the position of such a large city as Fortaleza is surprising to say the least..
4. Brasilia - Population: 2,852,372
Metropolitan population: approx. 3.7 million
State: Distrito Federal
Founded: 21 April 1960
Area: 5802 km2 / 2240 sq mi.
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s… Brasilia! Welcome to one of the world’s most famous and notorious cities for being entirely designed at the drawing table. Brasilia, the capital of the Federative Republic of Brazil has been unremittingly controversial from the inauguration in 1960 until today...
3. Salvador - Population: 2,902,927
Metropolitan population: approx. 3.6 million
Founded: 29 March 1549
Area: 706 km2 / 273 sq mi.
If Sao Paulo is the head (and hands!) and Rio de Janeiro the heart, then Salvador can be considered very much as the soul of Brazil. Over two centuries, from 1549 and 1763 to be exact, the city of Salvador was the administrative and political centre of colonial Brasil... Learn more About Salvador..
2. Rio de Janeiro Population: 6,453,682
Metropolitan population: approx. 12.4 million
State: Rio de Janeiro
Founded: 1 March 1565
Area: 1260 km2 / 487 sq mi.
According to many Brazilians, the city of Rio de Janeiro was made by God himself... Indeed, its setting is incredibly pretty. Facing a beautiful bay, massive lumps of granite covered in lush forest sticking out of the landscape, a coastline dotted with lovely beaches: Rio de Janeiro is a true Marvellous City...
1. Sao Paulo - Population: 11,895,893
Metropolitan population: approx. 20 million
State: Sao Paulo
Founded: 25 January 1554
Area: 1523 km2 / 588 sq mi.
Thinking of the Star Wars movie saga: Sao Paulo is ‘Coruscant made brick’... Like the fictitious planet entirely covered by a metropolis, from anywhere in central Sao Paulo you will see an urban panorama of tower blocks. In every direction until the horizon.
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