Two in one
By Ricardo Freire
Travel guides tend to address Vitória and Vila Velha in separate chapters. In practice, however, visitors quickly see that the cities are inseparable. You can wake up at your hotel in Vitória, go to the beach – or to a meeting – in Vila Velha, and be back in time for lunch.
Vitória’s central part is on an island. Two bridges take you from Vitória’s port district to downtown Vila Velha, while the gallant third bridge connects the noblest neighborhoods in each city: the Canto and Costa beaches.
But when you land in Vitória, you don't only get two cities. The cookie cutter beaches of Guarapari are less than 50 km (31 mi) away – as is Domingos Martins, in the beautiful (but little known) Capixaba Mountains.