Centro Histórico

Under the guidance of IPHAN (Brazil's national cultural heritage institute), some parts of João Pessoa's historic center have been attractively renovated, with architectural styles ranging from baroque to art deco. The area makes for an enjoyable wander, although don't stray too far from the main attractions as it can get sketchy pretty fast. Tourist offices have a useful walking-tour map available, and there are many important churches dotted around town.