One of several major planned cities, Goiânia was founded in 1933. The city plan is generally radial, with Avenida Goiás running north-south and intersecting Avenida Anhanguera at the center. It was planned for about 50,000 inhabitants, but as of 2011 it has over 2 million. The architectural plan was designed by Atílio Correia Lima, who took the art-deco style to the first buildings of the city. It was founded by Pedro Ludovico Teixeira because the old capital, City of Goiás, did not meet the administrative needs of the state capital.
Good air service. Non-Stop flights from Sao Paulo - 1 hour 20 minutes flight time. From Goiânia, there are numerous flights per day to other cities in Brazil, either through Sao Paulo or Brasilia. At Goiânia airport you can do business and exchange, and there are rental vehicles and taxi points.
Goiânia has a very good bus station at Praça do Trabalhador, (worker's square), which connects it to any other place in Brazil. So, taking a bus to or from Goiânia will not be a big problem. If you visit Brasilia, which is 3 hours away by bus (R$35 - conventional bus [approximetely 20 US dollars]) it's even easier to visit. The bus station is on the northern side, about 1km from the central district. The bus terminal shares its location with Araguaia Shopping.
During the day, there really much to be seen in Goiânia... but it's most like the urban center of a young region. There are a couple of parks you can visit, shoppings and commercial streets. At the night scenery, you'll find many bars, pubs and night clubs filled with young people. Each of these is attended by very well defined social classes.
Praça Universitária (universities square) - This square is a veritable outdoor museum. Many sculptures can be seen throughout the square.
Centro Cultural Oscar Niemeyer - This center, built by architect Oscar Niemeyer (Niemeyer designed the country's capital, Brasilia), with a theater and a museum dedicated to the culture of the city of Goiania. It is a major cultural centers of the world. Located on Highway GO-020.
Museu Goiano Zoroastro Artiaga (Zoroastro Artiaga's Museum) - The museum guard important works of art of the state of Goiás. Belongs to collection of the architectural center of Goiânia. Located on the north side of Praça Cívica.
Museu Pedro Ludovico Teixeira (Pedro Ludovico's Museum) - This museum, which was the former home to Pedro Ludovico (founder of Goiânia) resident, keeps a collection of objects and furniture of the former governor, even his truck (Chevy 53).
Estádio Serra Dourada (Serra Dourada Stadium) - It is the stage of Brazilian football matches. Considered the best lawn in Brazil. Every Wednesday and Sunday there are games in this stadium.
Teatro Goiânia (Goiânia Theater) - Located in Araguaia Avenue, happen occasionally concerts and theater shows.
Teatro Rio Vermelho (Rio Vermelho Theater) - Located in the Convention Center of Goiânia, concerts and lectures frequently occur in their auditoriums.
Centro de Convenções (Convention Center of Goiânia) - Located in Paranaíba Avenue, occur frequently fairs and cultural conventions.
Bosque dos Buritis, west of the city center. The city's main public park, with a small art museum on the grounds.
Parque Flamboyant Near Flamboyant Shopping Center in the area of Jardim Goiás. Opened in 2007, this is now one of the most visited city parks.
Parque Mutirama, northeast from the center at the end of Avenida Araguaia. Larger than Buritis, with walking trails and hilly terrain.
Parque Vaca Brava, at the rich region of "Setor Bueno", this park is in front of Goiânia Shopping and offers a jogging track around a small lake. From 5PM to 8PM it's quite full of people making daily exercises.
Horto-Florestal de Goiânia (Jardim Zoológico - Zoo)
Araguaia Shopping, 44 Street, nº 399 - Setor Central, ☎ +55 (62) 3243-4400, . Located in main bus station complex.edit
Bougainville, Rua 9, nº 1.855 - Setor Marista, . Well presented shopping centre in Marista area.edit
Buena Vista Shopping, Av. T-4 and T-61, nº 466 - Setor Bueno, ☎ +55 (62) 3515-0500, . A nuice shopping mall in Setor Bueno.edit
Buriti Shopping, Av. Rio Verde, Qd. 102/104 - Vila São Tomaz - Aparecida de Goiânia, ☎ +55 (62) 3239-0707, . A popular shopping mall in Goiânia. It's located quite far from the old and new center.edit
Flamboyant, Av. Jamel Cecílio, nº 3.300 - Jardim Goiás, ☎ +55 (62) 3546-2000, . The biggest and most famous shopping in Goiânia. It has commercial cinemas and a wide range of stores.edit
Goiânia Shopping, Av. T-10, nº 1.300 - Setor Bueno, ☎ +55 (62) 3237-0500, . Shopping with style in Goiânia.edit
Rua 3 and Rua 4 (3 Street and 4 Street) You can find lots of used books, CDs or LPs stores (called Sebos). It's not as big as the São Paulo's sebos, but usually, it's possible to find quite rare peaces at a very good price.
Avenida 85 (85 Avenue) You can find numerous clothing stores and car dealerships.
Avenida Jamel Cecílio (Jamel Cecílio Avenue) You can find many hotels, supermarkets and shopping malls
Sedna, Av. 136, near Rua 90. Cover charge: R$40.00 (for men) / R$25 (for women)... You can easily get a courtesy so you can consume the amount you paid for entering. This is a nice club, with expensive beer, pop electronic music. There are some nights with open bar, so you better check out all the week line-up and choose the best day.
Café Cancun - Buena Vista Shopping, Bueno Sector / Very different rhythms, beer about R$3.00. It's hard to get in after 12AM because it usually gets very crowded.
Full range of options - from Backpacker to Business Executive.
Hotel Principe, Av. Anhangura 2936 (Right off Araguaia), ☎ +55 62 3224 0085. Single R$ 18-30. edit
Hotel Paissandu - Goiás Avenue, nº 1290, Center Sector (3 stars)
Castro's Park Hotel - República do Líbano Avenue, Oeste Sector. The best hotel in the city, 5 stars rated. If you aren't a budget traveller, you'll enjoy a lot this hotel.
Hotel Rio Vermelho - 4 Street, nº 26, Center Sector. Simple, clean and central in the city downtown. Good prices with parking, wireless internet and a simple breakfast included. Phone: +55 62 3227 2500 - www.hotelriovermelho.com.br - email@example.com.