Vitoria is a port city and capital of Espirito Santo state (Brazil), located on a small island within a bay where several rivers meet the sea. The city has population around 360,000 (metro around 1,9 million, ranking it Brazil's 14th largest).
The town was founded in 1551. Vitoria island has land area 89 km2 (34 ml2), and its central part contains 4 nature parks - Fonte Grande, Gruta da Onca, Tabuazeiro and Pedra dos Olhos. This riverine island area, in addition to the main island, also includes 34 smaller islands plus a mainland portion. Originally there were a total of 50 islands, many of which were added via landfill to Vitoria Island. Vitoria manages the islands Martim Vaz and Trindade (both are important meteo bases), located approx 1100 km (680 ml) off the coast.
In 1998, the city was ranked 4th best Brazilian state capital to live in. The rating was based on social improvement projects, health and education. Vitoria is also currently ranked Brazil's 2nd best by HDI (human development index) - following Florianopolis. In 2013 it was ranked Brazil's 4th best city to live (after Sao Caetano do Sul, Aguas de Sao Pedro, Florianopolis) and had the highest GDP per capita.
The city is served by Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airpor, which domestic flights link Vitoria with the Brazilian cities Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Teixeira de Freitas, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, Brasília, Fortaleza, Natal. In 2019, Air Italy started international flights to Milan.
Vitoria City has 2 major seaports - Vitoria and Tubarao. Both are considered top-quality as harbours, facilities and services.