August 15, 2019
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to samba. Next year we'll be jetting into South America for the first time, with the launch of our non-stop route from London Heathrow to São Paulo.
The 11 hour 55 minute flight will see us zip across the Atlantic Ocean to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, and we’ll soon be looking for new crew members to deliver brilliant customer service to our Brazil-bound passengers.
We are recruiting cabin crew for our new route to São Paulo. If you speak Portuguese and have an intrinsic passion for delivering fabulous customer service we’d like to hear from you. You’ve got until the 26 August 2019 to apply for the job which will mainly involve flying on the London to São Paulo route. In the meantime, we’ve got the lowdown on some of São Paulo’s top highlights from Paulistano crew members Bruno and Alessandro, who’ll also be telling us more about the city’s cultural life, best neighbourhoods and incredible culinary scene in future posts. But for now, here’s a rundown of what not to miss if it’s your first time in this sprawling metropolis.
One of the city’s most prominent thoroughfares, the 2.8km Avenida Paulista is home to legions of skyscrapers and some of São Paulo’s best known landmarks and corporate headquarters, including the imposing Conjunto Nacional, the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and the Itaú Cultural institute. It’s also home to large-scale public events, including New Year’s Eve festivities and the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the world, as well as street art, exhibitions, live art installations and art fairs in the space below MASP. Best of all, the street is pedestriansed on Sundays and you can also take a free walking tour.
Mentioned above, but deserving of a section of its own, the glass-and-concrete São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) houses the southern hemisphere’s most impressive selection of works by European masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt, as well as a diverse calendar of temporary exhibitions, workshops and international seminars. Every Sunday you can visit the Feira de Antiguidades do MASP, an art and antiques market, in the open space underneath MASP’s suspended gallery.
Occupying 158 hectares between Av. República do Líbano, Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, and Av. IV Centenário, Ibirapuera Park is the most visited park in South America. Opened in 1954 to mark São Paulo’s 400th anniversary, the project was spearheaded by Brazilian architects Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, and is home to an easy mix of cultural elements and sports facilities, from the Contemporary Art Museum, the Afro Brazil Museum and the Japanese Pavilion to soccer pitches, running and cycle tracks, basketball courts and open gyms. The park is open from 5 a.m. to midnight every day.
Alongside MASP, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (recently rebranded as Pina_Luz) is one of the most important art museums in Brazil, but rather than European masters it focuses mostly on Brazilian and Latin American art from the 19th century to the present day, including an excellent collection of modernist works. The museum is housed in a stately neoclassical mansion in Jardim la Luz in downtown São Paulo, and is home to the delightful Flor Cafe which offers palm-shaded terrace seating overlooking the gardens.
In São Paulo’s historic centre, the charming Municipal Market of São Paulo is set in a beautiful 1930s building with stained glass windows, and is the oldest market in the city. The ground floor level is home to more than 300 stallholders selling superior quality fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, and other fresh produce favoured by the city’s most renowned chefs. On the upper level are a number of coffee shops, raw bars and mortadella sandwich joints, as well as some laid-back restaurants and bars perfect for lunch or happy hour. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The state of São Paulo is home to four of the nation’s biggest football clubs – Corinthians, Palmeiras and São Paulo in the city of São Paulo, and Pelé’s former club Santos FC in the coastal city of Santos 80km away. Hardly surprising then, that an uplifting tribute to the beautiful game is located here in the heart of the city in the form of the Football Museum, tucked beneath the historic 1940-built Pacaembu Stadium which sometimes hosts games for all the Big Four teams when their own stadiums are otherwise occupied by concerts or renovations. Opened in 2008, the museum tells the story of Brazilian football over the decades, unravelling much about the nation’s soccer fanaticism and cultural life in the process. From displays of World Cup highs and lows to the Exaltation Room dedicated to the nation’s football fans and their incredible dedication, the museum offers real insight into this genuine Brazilian passion.
Join us as cabin crew and you’ll have the chance to explore São Paulo as part of your day job. The city is a natural hopping off point for some of Brazil’s biggest attractions, from the majestic Iguacu Falls, a natural border between Argentina and Brazil, and the talcum-white beaches of Santa Catarina. Even Rio, with its carnival and party atmosphere, is within easy reach. Virgin Holidays also intends to launch a full product offering within Brazil for the first time.