To reach the top of Monte Serrat, the second highest mountain in Santos, you can take a ride in a funicular cable car, or climb the 415 steps, which have depictions of the Stations of the Cross at intervals. Once up, you take the stairs to the roof of an old casino-turned-observatory, and at an altitude of 167 m (548 ft), you get a spectacular 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the entire city and harbor. Inside the building, original furnishings remain from when the casino was functional, and there is a collection of old photographs for you to get a true sense of what “old” Santos was like. Also at the top, you will see the Shrine of Our Lady of Monte Serrat, built in 1609, to honor the patron saint of Santos. Once a year, there is "Descida das Escadas de Santos", where you join the locals on a descent of the mountain, via the steps, stopping for food and drink along the way. Steeped in tradition, it is a lively and highly memorable spectacle. Use our Santos sightseeing planner to add Monte Serrat and other attractions to your Santos vacation plans.
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Monte Serrat Reviews
Monte Serrat is on a big hill, surrounded by nature. There are a lot of trees, plants and bushes. It is near the historic center. Depending on the weather, you can have a very good view of the harbor,... more »
O lugar é bacana. Poderia ser mais bem cuidado e ter uma estrutura melhor... restaurante, lanchonete... O preço do bondinho é muito caro e os moradores pagam o mesmo valor que os turistas sendo que fo... more »The place is nice. It could be better taken care of and have a better structure... restaurant, snack bar... The price of the cable car is very expensive and the locals pay the same amount as tourists being that off the stairs this is the only way up and down the hill!
Of all the sights of the city of Santos (at least the ones I have visited) the Monte Serrat is my favorite. The climb of the tram and the view of the city from above is pretty cool.
Peripheral Visao of the Portuaria city... Too beautiful...
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