Gramado is a municipality and small touristic town, southeast of Caxias do Sul and east of Nova Petrópolis in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the Serra Gaúcha region. Most of the population of Gramado are of German or Italian descent. Gramado is one of the towns along the scenic route known as Rota Romântica. The town is also part of the scenic Região das Hortênsias route.
Gramado hosts the Festival de Gramado, a major South American film festival and Gramado's most important event. Gramado is also known by hydrangeas blossoming in late spring. Another key event in Gramado is Natal Luz, when Gramado is decked out in lights and wreathes made of recycled material by local residents.
Gramado is served by two airports: Hugo Cantergiani Airport (CXJ) in Caxias do Sul and Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre. There is also an airstrip in Canela, which is only used for private airplanes. A plan to create the Hydrangeas Region Airport was halted by a court order due to environmental reasons.
Hugo Cantergiani Airport is a small airport serving Caxias do Sul and, it's some 60km (37mi) away from Gramado. CXJ is basically a collecting airport to Congonhas Airport in São Paulo and stopover from flights coming from e to Porto Alegre. Because of that, CXJ tends to be more relaxed on baggage overweight. In general, flights from Congonhas (CGH) to CXJ are cheaper than those flying to POA, an average roundtrip flight CGH-CXJ costs around R$450 (US$210). Infrastructure for visitors is minimal.
Salgado Filho International Airport is the largest, busiest airport in Rio Grande do Sul and Southern Brazil. POA is some 118km (74mi) away from Gramado. POA has a modern infrastructure, being the first airport in Brazil to have a mall (shopping centre), with movie theaters, food court, shops, duty-free shops, banks and so on. POA is connected to several Brazilian and South American cities.
Gramado is served by Citral, which has the franchise to explore bus services in the Região das Hortênsias, Vale do Paranhana. Gramado Bus Station is centrally located, on Borges de Medeiros Avenue, and has a taxi rank.
Here is the single list of places to visit in Gramado:
Lago Negro, a big area rounded with trees, a lake and beautiful hydrangeas.
Aldeia do Papai Noel, is a place where Christmas exists for 365 days a year. There are trails in native forest, Santa Claus house, and many other attractions.
Several chocolate stores, where people can see how chocolates are made, and specially purchase this sweet treat.
Mini mundo, is a place where different cities and cultures are represented in small size.