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Vitória is one of the three island capitals of Brazilian states, the others being Florianópolis and São Luís, and is located in the South-eastern region, the most developed of Brazil. It's strategically located close to the big urban centres of the country and is, on average, an hour by plane from the most important cities in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

The borough, which is surrounded by Vitoria Bay and the estuary formed by the rivers Santa Maria, Bubu, Marinho and Aribiri consists of a wide variety of types of landscape: islands, hillsides, coves, points, mangroves and beaches.

The borough of Vitoria is an archipelago formed by 34 islands and a portion of the continent. Its total area of 104,26 km² is formed by the biggest island (denominated Ilha de Vitória), a portion of the continent, all the coastal islands, the estuary islands and the oceanic islands of Trindade and Martin Vaz. Initially there were 50 islands; however, many of them have been joined to the bigger island by land reclamation.

The city and the continent are linked across the sea by six bridges. The biggest government funded building project ever undertaken in the state was the Darcy Castelo de Mendonça Bridge, or Terceira Ponte (The Third Bridge). Along its 3,33 kilometres a beautiful view of Vitoria bay, its beaches, islands, ports and also of the Convento da Penha (Penha Convent), which is situated in Vila Velha, can be enjoyed.

Vitória's economy is strongly based on trade, being an important port city, having a total of three ports. As such, it performs a very important function for the region, in exporting regional products (both agricultural and industrial).

Vitória's first strong economic activity was coffee in the early 1900s, being an important coffee port and marketplace, along with Rio de Janeiro and Santos.

Since then the economy has diversified a lot, having today a large and well established iron ore processing and steel making industry park.

More recently, oil is giving a major boost in the economy, since in the last few years Espírito Santo state has become one of the largest oil producers in Brazil. An increasing tourism business and a burgeoning real estate are also effects of the recent oil-related activities. The services sector is well developed and has an important role in the city economy.

Other shots from my trip to the state of Espírito Santo.

23/12/2007 15:56:43
Shooting Mode: Shutter-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/400
Av (Aperture Value): 5.6
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length: 81.0 mm
Image Size: 3888x2592
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Custom
AF Mode: One-Shot AF
Noise Reduction: Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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