Welcome to Cidade de Goiás
Straddling the Rio Vermelho and surrounded by the rugged Serra Dourada, Cidade de Goiás is a sleepy and charming town of lamplit cobblestone streets and whitewashed colonial homes. The former state capital, once known as Vila Boa (and briefly Goiás Velho and sometimes today only as Goiás or Goyaz), features gorgeous baroque churches, interesting museums and a laid-back character that make it a real highlight. The population of the Unesco-listed town swells during its notable Semana Santa (Holy Week). Every July 25, the anniversary of the town’s 1727 founding, the state governor visits Cidade de Goiás, which becomes the state capital for three days.