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Gramado Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Gramado vacation


jubond
Charming and interesting 4 stars
Serras Gauchas is a region in the Rio Grande do Sul state, in the south of Brazil, composed by many cities such as Gramado, Canela, Nova Petropolis and Bento Goncalves. The most popular, however, are Gramado and Canela. Gramado is cutest for me. The city suffered Germany influence due to the large number of immigrants and its architecture reminds the Europe. The charming restaurants and cafes offer the famous café colonial, with large variety of breads, biscuits and chocolates. The mains attractions of the Gramado are Knorr Park, Veu de Noiva waterfall, Sao Pedro church, Negro lake and Festivals Palace. In my opinion, the best time to enjoy Serras Gauchas is in the winter, when the temperatures can reach below zero and you may enjoy light snow there. It is also in the winter that Gramado hosts the famous Gramado Cinema Festival, crowding the city with artists and cinema lovers.

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LucyHB
Cheese and wine in Gramado and Canela 3 stars
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In keeping with their efforts to emulate life in a Swiss mountain village, the towns of Gramado and Canela pride themselves not only on their chocolate, but also on their cheese, wine, and - combining the two - fondue.
As far as Brazilian wines go, the stuff you'll find here is pretty good -the towns are located in the Serra Gaucha - the mountain range responsible for producing Brazil's best wine grapes. Prices aren't cheap, but you can get some genuine bargains if you shop around a bit. One tip is to head outside super-touristy Gramadao and scout around the shops in Canela instead - the smaller town has been less affected by tourism than its neighbour.
The same goes for cheese - you'll find some very good local varieties here, and if you want to pretend you really are in a Swiss mountain village then there are plenty of (very pricey) restaurants offering cheese and wine fondues.


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LucyHB
Gramado chocolate 3 stars
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With its lofty mountainside location, Gramado likes to model itself on a Swiss mountain village, and, like Switzerland, the town is famous for its excellent chocolate. You'll find shops all over the town selling home made chocolate in milk, white and dark, and there's even an opportunity to make like Charlie Bucket and visit a real life chocolate factory - the Prawer chocolate factory on the main road between Gramado and Canela. Here you can take a guided tour of the factory,(OK, it's not quite Willy Wonka-style, but it's relatively interesting) and, if you're lucky, sample a couple of pieces of chocolate along the way. Even if you don't manage to pick up any freebies, there's a shop that will have chocoholics reaching for their credit cards. However, although chocolate in Gramado is good by Brazilian standards, it's still a little sweet compared to the European stuff, and wasn't exactly the best stuff I'd ever tasted. Don't take my word for it though, buy a bar and see what you think!

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LucyHB
Christmas displays 4 stars
Come to Gramado and/or neighbouring Canela in the months of November and December, and you'll discover a winter wonderland of Santa's grottoes, Christmas lights, and intricately put-together street displays.
I visited in December 2007, and was particularly impressed with the scene at Canela - the unassuming little town had been completely transformed. As a Brit, of course, it was odd to see all these Christmas lights and displays amid the blazing sun of a Brazilian summertime - somehow Santa just looked a little overdressed in this heat!
I managed to get here for the big 'switch on' of the lights - the town's church was lit up to stunning effect and, and a procession of candles held by 'angels' and a host of mythical creatures was truly magical.


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LucyHB
Summertime flower displays 4 stars
Gramado is known as the 'city of hortensias', and if you visit during the summer months it's not hard to see why.
The aptly named Avenida das Hortensias is awash with bright blue and white flowers, all the way from Gramado to the nearby town of Canela. To see the flowers at their best, visit during November, December and January, when this mountainside town enjoys its warmest weather. It's also when the town gets busiest, so expect to pay higher acommodation rates at this time.


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LucyHB
Swiss Disneyland! 3 stars
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Next to Canela sits the larger, more touristy town of Gramado, which has made much of its connection to Swiss and German settlers. Its location in the mountains has added fuel to the fire, and the resulting 'Swiss Disneyland' style of most of the buildings may not be to everybody's taste. I certainly preferred Canela, which is also where you'll find more choice in budget accomodation/food, but Brazilians flock here in their droves - in winter in the hope of catching some snow, in summer to catch the impressive Christmas displays. Both Gramado and Canela are famous for their chocolate, and there are plenty of opportunities for sampling at the many shops/factories here.

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