Are you a fan of auto racing? There are many lesser known, but equally competitive and exciting grand prix events around the world and the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of them. This Formula One Championship race takes place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace (also known as Interlagos) in São Paulo every year. This year, the exciting race has been scheduled for November 9, 2014 – so you still have plenty of time to plan and prepare if you want to be among the crowd watching the event unfold.
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. With a population of 20 million people, it is also the largest city in the southern hemisphere. This vibrant and thriving metropolis has many interesting attractions and exciting places to see, even when you’re not at the race track.
Here are some of the best ways to experience São Paulo when you are there for the Brazilian Grand Prix:
- Visit the Museum of Art: Located on Paulista Avenue, one of the most vibrant streets in Brazil, the Museum of Art is one of the most important landmarks of the city. The museum is an excellent place to visit not only for the beautiful works of art inside it, but also for the impressive architecture of the facility. The plans for the building were drawn by the famous modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi.
- Take a walk in Bom Retiro: You cannot fully experience São Paulo without walking in Bom Retrio, a central historic district of the city. The place is notable for its beautiful and impressive architecture. Start your walk from the Estaçao da Luz, past the Museum of the Portuguese Language (go inside if you have the time!) and to Jardim da Luz. If you enjoy concerts, try a visit to the Julio Prestes Cultural Centre.
- Enjoy the nightlife in Vila Olimpia: If you are into the nightlife, then Vila Olimpia is the place to go to after sunset – this is where all the action takes place while the rest of the city sleeps. This place has everything for night revelers, including, live music and dance clubs.
- Enjoy luxury in the city: Vila Madalena district and Pinheiros borough are two of the wealthiest areas in São Paulo. They are also famous for their vibrant nightlife. Referred to as the new downtown of the city, Pinheiros is lined with beautiful homes, luxury shops, fine restaurants, clubs and museums.
- Spend some quiet moments in Ibirapuera Park: Considered by many to be the best urban park in the world, Ibirapuera Park is the place to spend some quiet moments after a hectic day at the race. The park has a large area for walking, jogging, cycling and other leisure activities. The park complex also contains several architecturally important buildings, including the Grande Marquise, Cicillo Matarazzo Pavilion and Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion.
- Visit the grave of Ayrton Senna: What could be a more perfect way to end your Brazilian Grand Prix tour than by making a pilgrimage to the grave of Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest Formula One champions in the history of auto racing? The cemetery is located in Morumbi, an affluent district just 15 km away from downtown São Paulo.
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