Top things to do

Top Choice Palace in Cidade de Goiás

Palácio Conde dos Arcos

The restored colonial governor’s residence is a very handsome piece of work. The guided tour (English usually spoken) takes in antique furniture, a curious triangular courtyard and lots of information about the hist…
Top Choice Brazilian in Cidade de Goiás

Flor do Ipê

For lunch, there’s a wealth of regional choices laid out in fiery-hot clay pots for R$35. In the evenings, the shady garden setting fills up quickly for excellent à la carte local dishes with an emphasis on traditio…
Religious in Cidade de Goiás

Semana Santa

The highlight of the week before Easter is the Wednesday-night procession re-enacting the arrest of Christ. The streetlights are turned off and thousands march through the streets carrying torches, led by 40 eerie, …
Museum in Cidade de Goiás

Museu das Bandeiras

The fascinating Museu das Bandeiras is an old jail (1766–1950) that’s full of antiques and original furniture – the 1.5m-thick cell walls, originally made of weak taipa de pilão wood and reinforced with much stronge…
Museum in Cidade de Goiás

Museu de Arte Sacra

In the old baroque Igreja da Boa Morte, this appealing museum has a good selection of 19th-century religious sculptures works by renowned local artist José Joaquim da Veiga Valle (1806–74), whose mortal remains are …
Brazilian in Cidade de Goiás

Tapioca do Cerrado

By the bridge in the center of things, this happy place has an attractive interior and a long list of sweet and savory tapiocas (tapioca shell with fillings). The riverside tables are the sweetest spot to be for a r…
Church in Cidade de Goiás

Igreja São Francisco de Paula

The most impressive of the town’s seven churches is the oldest, built in 1761. It's worth visiting for its beautiful painted ceiling as well as original features like the altar and pulpit. There's also a small museu…
Museum in Cidade de Goiás

Casa de Cora Coralina

This handsome house is the birthplace of the area’s renowned poet, Cora Coralina (1889–1985). It contains period furniture and a small display on her life and work, which was largely inspired by Goiás and rural Braz…
Brazilian in Cidade de Goiás


A local family runs this likable, old-fashioned place, where you can fill up on simple but tasty traditional Goiás cuisine cooked over a woodstove. Serve yourself; you'll be encouraged to come back for more.
Historic Building in Cidade de Goiás

Quartel Do XX

This 18th-century barracks has been modified over the years, but parts still date from its construction in 1747, making it the oldest building in town. Step in for a look at its beautiful central courtyard.