The city of San Pablo (São Paulo) is located south of Brasil, and has an area of 247,898 km² (154,000 square miles). With 22 million inhabitants (counting its metropolitan area), it is the most populated city in the Americas, and ranks fourth in the most populated cities on the planet.
Around 42 million passengers, coming from different parts of the world, arrive here through the São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airports, located 25 km (18 miles) from the city. San Pablo is a cosmopolitan city, where modern architecture coexists, a great cultural, artistic and design offer, and a night life comparable to that of the main capitals of the world.
To start getting infected with the vibrant energy of the city, there is nothing better than renting a car and traveling along Avenida Paulista, inaugurated in 1891, is the epicenter of the city's financial and cultural life. It begins at Oswaldo Cruz Square and extends for 3 km (1.8 miles) with its streets populated with banks, shops, hotels, consulates, restaurants, museums and parks. There it is possible to find the Trianon Park, the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP), the Casa das Rosas, and the Fiesp Ruth Cardoso Cultural Center.
Another point worth visiting in San Pablo is Ibirapuera Park, a lung of the city, the work of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, located in the Moema neighborhood, where you can do outdoor activities, or travel by bicycle or foot. In this park are the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of San Pablo (MAC), the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), the Japanese Garden and the Ibirapuera Auditorium. The São Paulo Arts Biennial also takes place here.
From there we can drive our rental car to the Mercadao, the Municipal Market, inaugurated in 1933, which is visited by more than 35 thousand people every weekend, and where it is possible to buy tropical fruits, meats, fish, vegetables, seafood and dairy products. A fair full of flavors and aromas, which is recognized by the most important chefs, for the high quality of the products offered there.
Another obligatory stop in the city is the Oriental District of Liberdade, the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. About 20 blocks where we can find sushi restaurants, traditional shops and attend Japanese festivals such as the Festival of Flowers or the Festival of the stars.
And if we follow the recommendations of those who know the city, we will arrive at Oscar Freire Street, located in one of the most expensive areas of the city, known as Jardins, where the most elegant restaurants and the shops of the brands are located. most prestigious in the world.
And for those who do not want to leave San Pablo without going through the beach, it is a good alternative to drive the rental car about 88 km (54 miles) to Guaruja, where we can find two urban beaches: Pitangueiras and Asturias. Further north is Praia da Enseada, and about 5 km south of Pitangueiras are the beaches of Guaiúba and Pernambuco.
Driving in the city of San Pablo is not an easy task, so it is highly recommended that the rental car we book has GPS included and in our language.
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