Information about Santa Bárbara

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The city

Founded in 1704, Santa Bárbara preserves a bucolic landscape, traced by many stories of the gold cycle. With its churches, houses and colonial roofs at the foot of the imposing Serra do Caraça, it can be considered one of the most beautiful municipalities of Minas Gerais.


Quiet and welcoming city, with a simple and hospitable people that preserves its traditions and maintains an active cultural life. It offers several tourist attractions, such as the 18th century buildings, among them the Matrix of Santo Antônio, considered one of the most beautiful in Minas Gerais, with elements of the three phases of the baroque, in which the works of Master Athayde stand out. There are also nineteenth century houses in the historic center of the city, among them the recently restored ones like the Old Town House and Chain, Pharmacia Sant 'Anna, Casa do Mirante, the House of Culture, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary Of the Blacks and the colonial house of Rua Rebello Horta.


Get to know the Railway Station, which houses the beautiful building of the Craft Development Center, the School of Music, Memorial Affonso Penna, home where the former President of the Republic Affonso Penna was born, among other tourist activities organized to delight the visitor.
Parque Recanto Verde, a place that allows you to hike along trails, where you can appreciate the wild animals and native plants of the place.

The Honey House

The house of Mel makes it possible to know the manufacturing process of this product, taking advantage of the place to buy handicrafts. Or participate, under schedule, the activity Living a day as a beekeeper, which enables the visitor to know in an introductory and experiential way all stages of the honey production process.
Honey Route The honey produced in Santa Bárbara has already made national fame! And to show visitors all about this culture, the Honey Route was designed and organized so that the visitor can get to know Casa do Mel, a place that offers spaces for courses with permanent drivers in the place is an activity that will make the visitor Experience and love the process of processing honey in a creative way. Contact Phone: (31) 3832-3561 / Cell Phone: (31) 8623-4556

Sanctuary of the Caraça

The municipality, as the gateway to 25 km of the Private Reserve of Natural Heritage - Caraça Sanctuary; An unforgettable attraction with unforgettable scenery that is characterized by the cold climate and a unique ecology of mountain top. It is also worth mentioning the production of good food and handicrafts. In the town of Sumidouro, there is Dona Geralda, the famous sweet lady of the region, who makes crystallized candies and the famous Torrone de Mel. Visit the Honey Shop, which has delicious honey bales and also the Chapel of St. Joseph of Sumidouro, considered as a reference in the local religious tradition and beauty of Baroque architecture.

Information of the municipality (

Territorial extension: 686,2 Km²
Emancipation of the Municipality: 1839 (Law 134, dated 03/16/1839)
Total population in 2010: 26,368
(IBGE source: Uf = 31)
Temperature: Annual average: 20,1º C / Maximum annual average: 26,5º C / Average Minimum annual: 15,9ºC
Distances from the main centers (Km): Belo Horizonte: 99 / Rio de Janeiro: 646 / São Paulo: 942 / Brasília: 1272 / Vitoria: 607
Access ways:
? MGT 262, connecting Santa Bárbara to Barão de Cocais and from there it connects to BR 381 by MG 436 (connecting Barão de Cocais to BR 381).
? MG 129, connecting Santa Bárbara to the cities of Catas Altas and Mariana. Its alternative link to BR 381 is also made by MG 129 on a stretch of land (stretch Santa Bárbara / Ponte Coronel, passing through the locality called Barro Branco).
Municipal Limits:
? North-Northwest-Northeast: Barão de Cocais, São Gonçalo do Rio Below and Rio Piracicaba
? East-Southeast: River PIracicaba and Alvinópolis
? South-Southeast-Southwest: Alvinópolis, Mariana, Ouro Preto and Catas Altas
? West-Southwest-Northwest: Itabirito, Rio Acima and Caeté