Holambra: Flowers and Dutch Heritage in São Paulo’s Countryside

With loads of Dutch culture and the largest flower market on the continent, Holambra makes one feel they are in a tropical version of the Netherlands.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Only a one and a half hour drive from the capital of São Paulo, Holambra is considered the city with the strongest Dutch heritage in Brazil. In contrast to the gray metropolis, Holambra is a charming little oasis that attracts tourists to its stunning flower gardens, well-preserved Dutch traditions and even alligator farms.

The first settlers arrived from the Netherlands by the end of the 1940s, escaping from the Second World War.

Then, around five hundred Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?