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Serro is a historic town in Central Minas Gerais.


An important town of the ancient Estrada Real dos Diamantes (Diamonds Royal Road), it is located on the core of Minas Gerais state, between the hills of the Serra do Espinhaço. Serro has a historical city centre with buildings and constructions dated from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was first settled on 1702, and today it is the fifth oldest city on Minas Gerais.

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By car[edit]

Car travel from Belo Horizonte: 290 Km going through BR-040 and BR-267; 230 Km going through MG-010 (about 40 km being an unpaved road on a good state)

By bus[edit]

The bus station is small, located on the entrance of the Historic City. There are several daily buses to Belo Horizonte by Viação Serro company, travel time of about 6 hours, R$ 70. The services whose itinerary go through Conceição do Mato Dentro and Serra do Cipó have a more beautiful and pictoresque views of the countryside, going through the Estrada Real highway, crossing the hills of the Serra do Cipó National Park. Pássaro Verde links Serro with Diamantina twice a day, R$ 28, travel time of 2 hours.

Get around[edit]

The town is very compact, and a couple of hours walking are enough to know all the historical sites. However, have in mind that the town is located along a hill, and most streets consist on sharp slopes. Besides, most of the sidewalks are narrow and bad mainteined, and sometimes there are no other way than walking on the middle of the street along the cars and bikes. For further attractions like Pico do Itambe or Milho Verde get a taxi, available on Ângelo Miranda Square, tel. 38 3541-1323

See[edit][add listing]

  • Casa dos Ottoni: A 18th Century building hosting a museum with tools and furniture from that period. Cristiano Ottoni Square, 72. Entrance: R$2,00 by person
  • Matriz Nossa Sra. Conceição Church, Pelourinho Square. Built in 1713.
  • Nossa Sra. do Carmo Church, João Pinheiro Square. Built in 1768.
  • Bom Jesus do Matozinhos Church, Cristiano Ottoni Square. Lines and ceilings on the rococó style.
  • Igreja do Rosário, on Rosário Square, built in 1759.
  • Igreja de Santa Rita, on the highest spot of the historic area, built in 1745.
  • Pico do Itambé, 40 km away.
  • Cachoeira do Malheiros and Cascatinha, located about 5 and 12 km away.
  • Pedra Redonda, 20km.
  • Historic Village of Milho Verde

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Rancho Serrano, General Osório Street, 5, tel. 38 3541-2095
  • Restaurante J. Ávila, General Osório Street, 33, tel. 38 3541-1144
  • São Pedro, Ângelo Miranda Square, 6, tel. 38 3541-1332
  • Restaurante Itacolomi, João Pinheiro Square, 20, tel. 38 3541-1227
  • Restaurante Zé de Lindolfo, Doctor Andrada Street, 28, tel. 38 3541-1633
  • Restaurante Vila do Príncipe, Antônio Honório Pires Street, 11, tel. 38 3541-1030

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Pousada Matriz, Alferes Luis Pinto Street, 88, tel. 38 3541-1770. Breakfast and Parking Lot included, TV on the rooms, R$25.
  • Pousada Serrana, Trav. Magalhães, 55, Centro, tel. 38 3541-1949. Breakfast and Parking Lot included, TV and fridge on the rooms. Bathrooms with showers heated by solar energy. R$70.
  • Pousada Fazenda Dona Tuca, road to Santo Antônio do Itambé, tel. 38 3541-1333
  • Pousada Vila do Príncipe, Antônio Honório Pires Street, 38, tel. 38 3541-1485
  • Pousada Mariana, Floriano Peixoto Square, 44, tel. 38 3541-2627


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