Gramado is in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazil. Although practically unknown abroad, Gramado is an extremely popular tourist destination for Brazilians due to its cool weather, European architecture, family-friendly activities and ecotourism options at the neighbor municipality of Canela.

Gramado, a city in Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul
Gramado during the Christmas season

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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 for hydrangea blossoms 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 IATA) in Caxias do Sul and Salgado Filho International Airport (POA IATA) 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. Most Citral buses on the route (Canela-)Gramado-Porto Alegre also call at POA airport (buy your ticket at arrival floor, on the bus ticket booth to the right of the Citral travel agency).

Gramado Bus Station is centrally located, on Borges de Medeiros Avenue. Taxis wait for passengers on the bus platform side, whereas uber-like services wait near the pedestrian access.

Carpooling offers on the Porto Alegre/Gramado route are frequent, and the most popular carpooling platform in the region is BlaBlaCar.

Driving your own vehicle is the most effective way to visit attractions outside the city center, or going to the Parque do Caracol or Canela. There are several car rental agencies around the city.

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