When the gold ran out at the end of the 19th century, the city's population began to shrink. Many moved to the new capital at Goiânia, or to cities in the south of the state, like Jataí, Rio Verde, Itumbiara, and Catalão. With the construction of nearby Brasilia in 1960, the city again began to grow, and the government decided to turn the city into a tourist destination, preserving many old buildings and the historic center.
By planePirenopolis is 107km from Goiania and 150km from Brasilia, the closest airports. Buses connect the city to those capitals and other neighboring cities.
- From Goiânia via Anápolis
- From Brasilia, Viação Goianésia, tel. +61 3233 7891, has direct lines to Pirenópolis, or other lines that make a stop in Ceres. The 3-hour trip costs R$13.
- From Goiânia, take BR-060 to Anápolis, then BR-153 to Jaranápolis, and finally GO-431 into town.
- From Brasilia, take BR-070 to Cocalzinho, then the secondary highway to Pirenópolis via Corumbá de Goiás.
- Abade Waterfall, (Cachoeira do Abade), with a 22-meter drop.
- Cavalhadas Museum (Museu das Cavalhadas), Rua Direita, nº 39. This museum focuses on the history of the cavalhadas festival, marking the historic struggle between Christians and Muslims.
Babilônia FarmRodovia GO-431, km 3. Colonial-style farm where you can experience what 18th-century rural life was like.
- Pompeu Family Museum (Museu da Família Pompeu), Rua Nova, nº 33. Constructed in the 19th century, the building now houses a museum of the city's history. .
- Pirenópolis Theater (Teatro de Pirenópolis), Rua Comendador Joaquim Alves de Oliveira - Praça da Matriz. Constructed in 1899 and recently restored.
- Cine Pireneus - Rua Direita, s/nº. This movie-house was built in neo-classical style in 1929, then reworked in art deco style in 1936. It is being restored.
- Meeting Hall and Jail (Casa de Câmara e Cadeia), Rua Bernardo Sayão, s/nº. Constructed in 1919.
- Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Praça Manuel Jaime Lopes (Praça da Matriz). The oldest Catholic church in the state. It was built by African slaves in 1728 with funds gained through gold mining. In September 2002, it was partially destroyed by a fire. It has since been restored but the altar was lost. Another church, the Matriz dos Pretos, had fallen into ruins and nothing remained but the altar, so the church-less altar was united with the altar-less church here in 2005.
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Alto do Carmo. Constructed by slaves in 1750, this baroque church holds many works rescued from other churches which were demolished.
- Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Rua do Bonfim, s/nº. Built by slaves between 1750 and 1755, it contains an image of Christ on the cross which was brought here from Porto Seguro, Bahia by almost 300 slaves.
CavalhadasOwing to the high percentage of Spanish and Portuguese descendants in the area, the city's most famous festival centers around the fight to push the Moors out of the Iberian Peninsula. Colorful costumes abound. Among other festival events is a recreation of a famous battle fought by Charlemagne. Yearly in June.
phone: +55 62 8579-9865Has options for hiking through a forest preserve, rafting, rappeling, and forest canopy tours.
Lá em Casa Restaurantephone: +55 62 3331-1918address: Av. Sizenando Jaime, 12A, Centro Histórico. Self-service restaurant serving typical Pirenopolin food.
Restaurante e Choperia Empório do Cerradophone: +55 62 3331-3874address: Rua do Rosário, 21Centro. Local and international dishes.
Nena Restaurantephone: +55 62 3331-1470Rua Aurora, nº 4, Centro. Local dishes.
Ponto da Massaphone: +55 62 3331-3260Av. Prefeito Luiz Gonzaga Jaime, nº 127, Alto do Bonfim. Italian food, pasta and lasagna are highlights.
Portinha Casa de Grelhadosphone: +55 62 9228-1402address: Rua do Bonfim, 29Centro Histórico. A la carte service.
Empório Santa Dicaphone: +55 62 3331-2655address: Rua do Bonfim, 17Centro Histórico. Emporium with a range of typical Goiano goods.
Bem Caseiro Restaurantephone: +55 62 3331-2951address: Rua do Bonfim, 41A, Centro Histórico. Typical goiano home fare.
Armazém Restaurante Baraddress: Rua do Bonfim, 27Centro Histórico. Typical Goiano food.
phone: +55 62 3331-2578address: Rua do Bonfim, 22, CentroNice, simple hotel in the town center
address: Travessa Sizenando Jayme, 1013, CentroSingle, double and triple rooms with TV and fan. Swimming pool, children-sized, and barbecue coal grill (churrasqueira)
phone: +55 62 3331-1304address: Rua do Bonfim, 1 - CentroRooms and cottages with air-con or fan, TV and WiFi. Sauna, pools, billiards table, big garden
phone: +55 62 3331-2662address: Rua Direita, 79, CentroRooms with air-con or ceiling fan, fridge, TV and WiFi
phone: +55 62 3331-2519address: Rua Carajás, Quadra 10, Lote 1, Setor Meia Ponte18 rooms with fan and TV, 8 with air-con, TV and WiFi
phone: +55 62 3331-1162address: Rua Benjamin Constant, 17, CentroSuites with TV, fridge and hammocks outside. Some with air-con, some with ceiling fans. Pool and leisure room.
phone: +55 62 3331-1304This hotel has suites with air conditioning/fan, TV and Internet. It also has facilities such as swimming pools, sauna and a large grove.
phone: +55 62 3331-1260address: 37, Rua do Rosário (access also by 2, Praça do Rosário)This hotel, set up in an old colonial-style house, has antique furniture, an orchid garden and a swimming pool.
phone: +55 62 3331-1345, +55 62 3214-2070 (Goiânia), +55 62 2101-7818 (Brasília)address: just outside town97 apartments, 6 master suites and 2 apartments adapted to wheelchair access. All apartments and suítes have TV, hair dryer, air-con, telephone, digital safe, and Wi-fi. Suites have living room with TV and can house up to 6 persons. Swimming pools, water slides, sports complex, restaurants serving both world and local cuisine, meeting hall for 600 persons e 12 meeting rooms.