Santos

A compact charming centre
Rua do Comércio’s vintage flavor
Santos Futebol Clube stadium

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Santos

The fragrance of sugar and coffee

Santos, one of Portugal’s first New World settlements, was founded in 1535.

Today your MSC ship will be docking in Latin America’s largest port, through which passes a large proportion of the world’s coffee, sugar and oranges.

The city stands partly on São Vicente island, its docking facilities and old town facing landwards, with ships approaching by a narrow, but deep, channel. Its compact centre retains a certain charm that’s massively popular with local tourists, and there is a good deal of historical and maritime interest around the city. On an MSC South America cruise excursion to the city centre you’ll find the ruins of some of Santos’s most distinguished buildings along Rua do Comércio.

Although sometimes only the facades remain, some of the nineteenth-century former merchants’ houses that line the street are gradually being restored, the elaborate tiling and wrought-iron balconies offering a hint of the old town’s lost grandeur. MSC South America cruises also offer excursions to the local Santos Futebol Clube. It’s best known as the club for which the great Pelé played for most of his professional life (from 1956 to 1974); their stadium, the Vila Belmiro, is open to the public when there’s no game on.

In addition to honouring Pelé at the club’s small museum, you can take an hour-long guided tour including the players’ bar and dressing rooms. Santos’s beaches are across town from Centro on the south side of the island. The beaches are huge, stretching around the Atlantic-facing Baía de Santos, and popular in summer. 

Must see places in Santos

  • The beach garden

    The beach garden

  • The coffee museum

    The coffee museum

  • São Paulo, Ipiranga Museum

    São Paulo, Ipiranga Museum

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Reach the port

Port of Santos

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Concais S/A 
Avenida Cândido Gaffreé
Armazém 25 Interno do Porto de Santos
CEP 11013-240 Santos, SP - Brasil - Caixa Postal 15

Reach the port by

  • Plane

    From Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (Cumbica):
    Travelling by car, turn onto the SP-150 Anchieta Highway as you leave the airport and then on to the SP-160 Imigrantes Highway. Taxis and private cars are available to take you from the airport to Santos Cruise Terminal, a journey that takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. There is also a bus service from the airport to Santos Cruise Terminal. The bus journey takes about 3.5 hours.

    From Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport:
    Travelling by car, turn onto the SP–150 Anchieta Highway as you leave the airport, and then on to the SP-160 Imigrantes Highway. Taxis and private cars are available to take you from the airport to Santos Cruise Terminal, a journey that takes about 1 hour, depending on the traffic. There is also a bus service from the airport to Santos Cruise Terminal. The bus journey takes about 1.5 hours.
    Plane

South Brazil

Past Christ the Redeemer
Past Christ the Redeemer

In Brazil’s south-east, the three largest cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte – form a triangle around which the economy pivots.

All are worth visiting, but the must-sees during your cruise to Brazil are Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in the pictures, and the ravishing colonial relic of Paraty which lies between here and booming São Paulo. North of here, the city of Belo Horizonte sits at the heart of Minas Gerais, where the old Portuguese towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes and Diamantina drip with colonial history.

The south, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, boasts the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina – one of the great natural wonders of South America. From Curitiba the scenic Serra Verde Express snakes down to the coast, where you can chill out on Ilha do Mel or beach-hop around Florianópolis.

Despite its proximity to the city, São Paulo’s 400km coast has sometimes been overlooked in favour of more glamorous Rio. North-east, towards the border with Rio state, the area is developing rapidly, but still offers great contrasts, ranging from long, wide stretches of sand at the edge of a coastal plain to idyllic-looking coves beneath a mountainous backdrop.

 
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