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Vila Velha

Vila Velha
Full nameVila Velha
Official nameThe Municipality of Vila Velha
Settlement typeMunicipality
StateEspírito Santo
FoundedMay 23, 1535
MayorNeucimar Ferreira Fraga (PR)
Total Area80.3 sq mi (208 km2)
Total Population407579 (2008)
Density (pop.)1906/km2 (4936.5/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
Postal Code29100-000
Area code+55 27

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Vila Velha (-ptˈvilɐ ˈvɛʎɐ, old town) is a coastal town in Espírito Santo, Brazil. It lies across from Vitória, the state capital. Its population was 396,323 (2005) and its area is 208.82 km2.

Vila Velha forms part of the Greater Vitória metropolitan area. To the north is Vitória, to the west Cariacica and Viana, to the south Guarapari, and to the east the Atlantic Ocean.

Notable corporations in Vila Velha include Garoto, one of Brazil's largest chocolate manufacturers.

Vila Velha has been through several years of intense real estate development and several luxury buildings are now a common sight in all of its main beaches. Some critics argue that this practice can be considered excess urbanization of a previously low-profile area, despite the economic benefits.

The Bridge Mr Darcy Castelo de Mendonça, known as Third Bridge (Portuguese: Terceira Ponte), is the second tallest bridge in Brazil, connecting and reducing the distance between the cities of Vila Velha and Vitória.

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