HISTORY, CULTURE AND CHARM OF TIRADENTES

Wherever you are in Tiradentes, you will see the magnificent Serra São José. This geographical backdrop provides just one of the many sensations the visitor experiences in this historic city with few streets and around 7000 inhabitants.

Tiradentes exhibits an admirable and well preserved 18th century architecture, represented not only in the Baroque churches but also in the houses of the historic center. In 1938 they were designated of national heritage status to protect them from insensitive developments. 


Walking through the streets one recognizes at each corner, the colonial style and the undulations of the Rococo Mineiro. Museums, artists' studios and an intense annual cultural life complement the city's cultural circuit.


In September yellow ipê  trees color the landscape, the climate being mild with colder mornings and nights. Restaurants and bars offer visitors the popular cuisine of Minas Gerais; shops display colorful local crafts; antique shops allow you to appreciate how the city's houses may have been decorated and furnished in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Add to all of this, people who are proud of their history and traditions and make a point of giving visitors a generous welcome.

 

HISTORY

Populated since 1702 the city of Tiradentes in the central region of Minas Gerais pays homage to Joaquim José da Silva Xavier known by the nickname Tiradentes. The ensign was born locally at the Fazenda do Pombal and became the leader of the Inconfidência Mineira, the main movement to challenge the Portuguese Crown in the 18th century.

 

The Matriz de Santo Antônio and the São José fountain, are examples of the well-preserved colonial heritage. The facade of the Matriz was designed by the famous Brazilian architect and sculptor Antônio Francisco Lisboa, know as Aleijadinho, the cripple. Tiradentes began its history in 1702,  after the discovery of gold in a place called Ponta do Morro, when the first pioneers led by João Siqueira Afonso settled in the region. They arrived in the wake of the miners who, at the end of the 17th century founded Ouro Preto.


The large flow of gold diggers motivated by the new deposits led the place to become a village in Ponta do Morro de Santo Antônio. The importance of the village was so great that  in 1718 it would become the village of São José. The 18th century churches, chapels and surrounding houses were errected well above the floodplain of the nearby river.

On September 7, 1889, the village became the city of São José, and on December 6 it adopted its current name Tiradentes in honor of the martyr of the Inconfidência Mineira. He is celebrated with a national day on April 21. The city's day is on January 19, the date when the Ponta do Morro de Santo Antônio encampment became a village.

Three decades ago, the city's architectural heritage started to attract tourists from Brazil and other countries, establishing a tourist activity that is currently the economic base of Tiradentes.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

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Localizada na região mineira do Campo das Vertentes, Tiradentes tem facilidade de acesso. Principais distâncias: Belo Horizonte (210 km), São João del Rei (14 km), São Paulo (485 km), Rio de Janeiro (335 km) e Brasília (915 km).

By car

From Belo Horizonte, the most common road to reach Tiradentes is BR-040. After the Congonhas interchange, at 85 km take the BR-383 for another 105 km to Tiradentes. The full route has an average time of three hours.


From Rio de Janeiro, the quickest option is to take BR-040 and then BR-265. The 340 km journey takes around 4h30.


From Sao Paulo, there are two route options. The first, and fastest, is via BR-381, followed by BR-265; and the second through BR-116 and then BR-383. The route, 490 km long, takes around 6h30.

By bus

Tiradentes bus station only receives buses coming from São João del Rei. Whatever your starting point for Tiradentes, the ticket must be purchased for São João del Rei. The city is located 14 km from Tiradentes. In São João del Rei, you will need to take another bus to Tiradentes to finish the journey.


From Belo Horizonte, the trip has an average duration of 3h30 and it´s operated by Viação Sandra.


From do Rio de Janeiro, the trip has an average duration of 5h30 and it´s operated by Paraibuna Transportes.


From Sao Paulo, the trip has an average duration of 7h30 and it´s operated by Util. 


From São João del Rei, you just need to take a regular bus or a taxi.

 

WHERE

TO STAY

 

Tiradentes has a good infrastructure of hotels. All offer breakfast and some tea in the afternoon. Cheese bread and assorted cakes, in addition to other delicacies from Minas Gerais, are always appreciated by guests.

Here, we indicate some establishments. The complete list of hotels and lodges in Tiradentes can be found easily on travel sites.

 

Solar da Ponte
One of Tiradentes' first hotels, founded by John and Ana Maria Parsons, large rooms with individual elegant decor, a swimming pool, and is very close to the central square and historic center. 

 

Villa Allegra

Cozy Villa Allegra where guests encounter a sophisticated and familiar atmosphere with a lot of personality. It has a swimming pool and balconies overlooking the Serra São José. It is located in the Parque das Abelhas, 800 meters from the historic center.

 

Pousada do Ó

This hotel is located in the historical center of Tiradentes and offers comfort to its guests. It is situated close to the major churches and Festival Artes Vertentes venues.

Pousada Boutique Oratório 
This luxurious lodge is situated in the Alto da Torre quarter, offering different leisure options to its guests, such as swimming pool, hydromassage, massage room and gourmet area. Lourenço and Malu, the owner couple, are always present to respond the guests' demands.

Pousada Bem Viver

Is situated 400 m from the train station Maria Fumaça. You need around 15 minutes to get by foot to the historic center and a little further on your way leads to the exuberant forest and mountain area of environmental preservation.

Pousada Trem do Imperador

Located in Tiradentes, one of the mining towns on the Estrada Real circuit, a place of extreme beauty and diverse culture. We created on railway sleepers, railroad tracks and wheels, the Trem do Imperador Pousada, with replicas of the 1881 wagon used by Emperor Dom Pedro II, in addition to a comfortable and cozy environment

Charme da Serra

Nossa pousada está localizada na Rua do Chico Doceiro, a 800 metros do Largo das Forras. Temos 07 aptos e uma decoração rústica. Nossos apartamentos são confortáveis e um dos diferenciais é nosso café da manhã que vai das 08h00 às 11h00 com a mais variada quitanda mineira. Sempre na recepção há um cafezinho com biscoitos da roça que o hóspede se sinta realmente em casa. Então, entre a Charme da Serra Pousada Boutique é toda sua.

Serra Vista

Our hostel is located at Rua do Chico Doceiro, 800 meters from Largo das Forras. We have 07 apartments and a rustic decoration. Our apartments are comfortable and one of the differentials is our breakfast that goes from 8 am to 11 am with the most varied grocery store in Minas Gerais. There is always a coffee at the reception with country cookies that make the guest feel at home. So, between the Charme da Serra Pousada Boutique is all yours.

Vila D´Ouro

Founded in 2003, Pousada Villa D’Ouro's main mission is to offer an unforgettable rest for all guests. Located 1.5 km from the center of Tiradentes, Pousada mixes the rustic look with modernity to please the most varied tastes. The wide green area and the large organic garden provide a wonderful and healthy breakfast, with all the greengrocers prepared inside Villa D’Ouro itself.

Pequena Tiradentes

Tiradentes has a special charm that makes it different from any other place. In addition to its historical richness, the city's alleys inspire art, culture and the best of gastronomy; For this very reason, Little Tiradentes got its name: the inn has the same atmosphere of charm and sophistication, in an environment worthy of a royal family, which makes us go back in time. Nothing more fair in a place where you are treated like a king. In addition to a charming setting, the inn offers complete structure for you to rest.

 

WHERE TO EAT

Tragaluz, founded by Zenilca Navarro, presents a cozy atmosphere and a menu that offers dishes with ingredients from Minas Gerais prepared in a creative way, with emphasis on Pintada Tragaluz. The kitchen has been conducted for a few months by chef Felipe Oliveira, who has been making innovations without losing the essence of Minas Gerais cuisine.

 

Reservations: (32) 9 9968-4837 / 3355-1424.

Pacco e Bacco, close to the church Igreja do Rosário, offers more than 150 wines, chosen for clients by the owner and sommelier Francisco Rodriguez, in harmony with exquisitely prepared dishes. The menu offers a delicious encounter of the French tradition with local ingredients. 

 

Reservations: (32) 3355-1136/99920-1216

Casa Azul Bistrô is specialized in Mexican cuisine like tacos, quacamole, burritos and other dishes inspired by the culinary of this country. The restaurant has Frida Kahlo portraits and colorful objects reminiscent of Mexican painting.

 

Reservations: (32) 98511-4501.

led by the chef Rodolfo Mayer. For its unique cuisine with great personality, which likes to surprise its customers, Angatu has been recognized by the Guia Quatro Rodas.

Reservations: (32) 9 9903.5734

Located less than a hundred meters from Matriz de Santo Antônio, in the charming mining town of Tiradentes, the restaurant Atrás da Matriz has been offering since 2001 a cozy atmosphere and an unconventional menu. Serving from Norwegian cod to pizza on wood, passing through fillets, pasta and broths.

Reservations: (32) 3355.2150 e (32) 99111.2150

Instalado em uma charmosa casinha no Largo do Ó, no Centro Histórico, o Cultivo é o primeiro bar e restaurante vegetariano de Tiradentes. No cardápio, destacam-se o hambúrguer de feijão com funghi, com queijo Catauá e geleia de pimentão trufada, e o bolinho de moqueca, uma das várias opções veganas. Livros para serem lidos ali, sem pressa, loja com uma delicada seleção de produtos de design autorais e luzinhas por toda parte resumem bem a proposta despojada do lugar, cuja trilha sonora, na maioria das vezes, fica a cargo da vitrola. 

Reservations: (32) 9 8868.4928

UaiThai

O chef Ricardo Martins apresenta uma cozinha única e autoral, ao misturar elementos frescos e leves da culinária tailandesa com o carinho da tradicional comida mineira. Sabores marcantes que proporcionam uma experiência gastronômica inesquecível.

Reservations: (32) 99927-9903