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Forming a narrow and long band between the ocean and the mountains, the state of Espírito Santo has a great potential for tourism, offering to visitors beaches for all tastes; old buildings, and historic landmarks of its colonization. The origin of the capixaba people – that´s how locals there are called – comes from a mixture of Indians, blacks and Germans, among others.
Its capital, Vitória, stands out for sheltering one of the most important Brazilian ports, Tubarão – and for offering excellent places for sports fishing. Besides, it is the second oldest city in the State. The oldest is Vila Velha, founded in 1534; but the hostility of the Goitacas indians who used to live in that region forced the colonizers to move to the island across it. In the land dispute, the Portuguese triumphed and gave the new settlement the name of Vitória. At present both cities prosper harmoniously, separated only by a 4.8km bridge.
The state of Espírito Santo holds a very diversified industry, standing out as the one which had the biggest economic development in the past few decades. Besides, the state is greatly responsible for the connection of the country with the international market. Its port complex is among the most efficient in Latin America.
Vitória Airport (VIX) - also known as Eurico Salles Airport - is the main airport of the state, and is situated in the capital Vitória. It receives daily flights from most state capitals in the country. Among the main airlines serving the airport are TAM  and Gol . A number of smaller carriers also serve the airport, including Azul , TEAM , and TRIP .