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Travel Guide
Campinas featuring street scenes and heritage elements as well as a small group of people

This ambitious city is blessed with a multifaceted past, a dynamic cultural present and a number of lovely outdoor spaces.

A bustling metropolis of about 1 million inhabitants, Campinas has changed significantly since its 18th-century founding as a rural enclave. Visit this industry, technology and education hub with a vigorous cultural scene. After surviving a dreadful yellow fever outbreak in the 1800s, Campinas took as its icon the mythical phoenix, an appropriate emblem for a city on the rise.

Stroll around the Centro district to see monuments to the deeper heritage of Campinas. Admire the Gothic façade and intricate decorations of the Basilica of Our Lady of Carmel, the city’s oldest place of worship. A few blocks south is the 19th-century Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas, one of the world’s largest structures built using the “taipa de pilão” clay-and-rock technique.

In the Culture Station see Campinas’ modern adaptation of its industrial history. This historic railway complex, once the city’s central station, now hosts major concerts on covered train platforms and many other cultural activities throughout its varied spaces. Check listings in advance to see what’s on.

For a panoramic view of Campinas and surroundings, visit the Castle Tower north of the city. This fetching art deco structure is a functioning water reservoir and offers the highest vantage point in town. Climb the stairs to its observation deck and look out across the sprawl of Campinas, identifying landmarks with the handy information plaques provided.

To escape urban bustle, retreat to one of the many fine natural spaces in Campinas. Stroll the shaded paths of the Jequitibás Forest, a wooded urban park with native trees, a zoo, an aquarium, playgrounds and a children’s theater. Visit the Parque Portugal to enjoy recreational activities and scenic views of the lagoon.

Campinas lies in the state of São Paulo, just 56 miles (90 kilometers) north of the city. Fly into Viracopos Airport in Campinas or take the 2-hour transfer bus from São Paulo Airport. Campinas is served by urban buses, connecting most major sights in the city. Regular safety precautions apply, especially at night.

Where to stay in Campinas

Radisson Red Campinas
Radisson Red Campinas
4 out of 5
Avenida Julio de Mesquita 705, Campinas, Sao Paulo
The price is Rs4,257 per night from 13 Aug to 13 Aug
Located in the heart of Campinas, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Campinas Craft Fair and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Preparatory School of Army Cadets. Museum of ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (240 reviews)
Wonderful hotel! Clean and comfortable.
"Wonderful hotel, super clean and comfortable. Great location near shopping mall. Staff was nice and friendly."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Radisson Red Campinas
Royal Palm Plaza Resort Campinas
Royal Palm Plaza Resort Campinas
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Royal Palm Plaza, nº 277, Jd Nova Califórnia, Campinas, SP
The price is Rs15,740 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 8 mi (12.8 km) from Expo Dom Pedro and 15.5 mi (24.9 km) from Itupeva Outlet Mall.
4.4/5Excellent! (355 reviews)
Excellent family stay at Royal Palms
"Our stay at Royal Palms was excellent. The room was comfortable and one of the few who could house my family of five. The breakfast included was excellent. One minor item was that there was a little mold/mildew in the shower."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019

Royal Palm Plaza Resort Campinas
Vitória Hotel Concept Campinas
Vitória Hotel Concept Campinas
4 out of 5
Av José De Souza Campos, 425, Cambui, Campinas, SP
The price is Rs4,933 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
Located in Conceicao, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Campinas Craft Fair and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Preparatory School of Army Cadets. Golden Earring Stadium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (712 reviews)
"Great stay! Perfect location, well trained and cordial staff, very good breakfast and top restaurants. Our favorite hotel in Campinas"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Vitória Hotel Concept Campinas
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