One of the oldest cities in Brazil, its Historic Centre includes churches, palaces, houses and other buildings from the colonial and imperial past.
Between the most interesting places to visit, there are the Casa de Pólvora, a former powder magazine which supplied troops fighting the invaders; the Convent of Santo Antonio and the church of São Francisco, forming the "baroque area"; and the Monastery, considered important for the beauty of its facade.
João Pessoa is a coastal city, and most of its beaches are in its outlying districts. Among them are Tambaú with the beauty of the scene and the jangadas on the sea; Penha - a small fishing village; and Tambaba, the only beach in the North East of Brazil devoted entirely to naturalism.