The capital of Piauí, Teresina, is flat, with parallel and perpendicular streets in an urban layout that is easy to get around.

Teresina is the only capital in the north-east without a coastline.

The lack of beaches, however, is compensated for by other attractions, such as the meeting of the Poty and Parnaíba rivers, good restaurants serving typical cuisine and good shopping for handicrafts and clothes.

To alleviate the heat that plagues the city all year round, parks and tree-lined squares line the streets and avenues.

The most traditional walk in Teresina is the one that takes you to the meeting of the rivers.

The boats leave from the Encontro dos Rios Environmental Park, in the Poty Velho neighbourhood, which is home to a group of potters.

On the way back from the tour, see the beautiful work.

To buy wood art – a speciality of Piauí’s handicrafts, especially when the theme is religious – stop by the Handicrafts Centre in Praça Pedro II.

Oratories, saints and biblical characters are the most beautiful pieces, as are bags and placemats made from buriti wood fibres.

When it’s time to savour the local cuisine, head to the other side of the Poty River.

The neighbourhoods of Fátima, Jóquei and São Cristóvão are home to some of the best restaurants in the city. To whet your appetite, try the tiquira, a manioc spirit.

Tourist attractions and activities in Teresina

Cultural and Historical Attractions

Karnak Palace:

  • The Karnak Palace is the official seat of the Piauí state government. Its neoclassical architecture and beautiful gardens make it an unmissable attraction. Guided tours are offered, allowing visitors to learn more about the state’s history and culture.

Piauí Museum:

  • Located in the São Benedito Palace, the Piauí Museum exhibits a rich collection of historical artefacts, documents and works of art that tell the story of the state and its cultural evolution.

Master Dezinho Craft Centre:

  • This craft centre is the ideal place to buy souvenirs and appreciate the work of local artisans. Products such as ceramics, embroidery and wooden pieces are exhibited and sold here.

Parks and Natural Attractions

Teresina Zoo and Botanical Park:

  • This park is a great destination for families. It is home to several species of animals and native plants, offering a pleasant environment for walks and picnics.

Meeting of the Rivers:

  • The point where the Parnaíba and Poti rivers meet is a popular spot for walks and photographs. There is a lookout point with panoramic views, a small museum about the rivers and restaurants serving typical dishes.

Potycabana Park:

  • This urban park offers a variety of recreational activities, such as walking and cycling trails, playgrounds and sports facilities. It’s a great place to spend the day outdoors.


Catedral de Nossa Senhora das Dores:

  • Teresina’s main cathedral is an important religious and architectural landmark. Its construction and design attract many visitors interested in history and sacred art.

Igreja de São Benedito:

  • This historic church is known for its beautiful architecture and importance in the city’s religious traditions. It is a peaceful place for contemplation and prayer.

Events and Festivals

Piauí Book Fair (Salipi):

  • This annual event attracts writers, publishers and readers from all over Brazil. As well as book fairs, Salipi offers talks, workshops and cultural performances.

Teresina Summer Festival:

  • An event that celebrates local culture with music, dance and other artistic activities. It’s an excellent opportunity for visitors to get to know Teresina’s vibrant cultural scene.


Typical Food:

  • Teresina’s cuisine is rich and varied. Dishes such as carne de sol with manioc, baião de dois and fried fish are widely appreciated. Local restaurants and food markets offer these regional delights.

Tips for Visitors


  • Teresina has a warm tropical climate, with high temperatures all year round. The best time to visit is during the cooler months, from May to August.


  • The city is well served by Teresina Airport (Aeroporto Senador Petrônio Portella), with regular flights to the main Brazilian cities. Public transport includes buses and taxis.


  • Teresina offers a variety of accommodation options, from budget hotels to luxury accommodation. Central areas such as the city centre and neighbourhoods close to the river are good choices for tourists.


Teresina is a city full of charm and hospitality, with a rich mix of culture, history and natural beauty.

Whether exploring its museums, enjoying its parks or savouring the local cuisine, visitors will find plenty of reasons to fall in love with this northeastern capital.