Holidays to Rio de Janeiro City
Known as a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City), Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro is an extraordinary city of contrasts: skyscrapers and beaches, shanty towns and luxury condos, peaceful gardens and jumping bars. It really does have it all. The city reaches the next level during the famous Carnival in February, but is entertaining and unmissable all year round.
A buzzing 4km stretch of white sand. Expect sound systems, micro bikinis, footballers, cocktails and beach sellers.
Popular with everyone from surfers to kids from the favelas, Ipanema is a long stretch of sun-drenched sand.
Museo Historico Nacional
Situated in the colonial arsenal, built in 1764, the museum houses objects from the history of Brazil.
Instituto Moreira Salles
A modern cultural centre with wonderful gardens and impressive exhibitions of Brazil’s best artists and photographers.
Visit Cristo Redentor
This gigantic statue of Christ is the iconic symbol of Rio. A narrow gauge train takes you up to the top for views.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
A beautiful lake where you can rent a paddle boat or hang out at waterfront kiosks with food, cocktails and live music.
A one pot black bean and meat stew originating from Portugal but now a Brazilian staple as well.
High quality meats are barbequed in traditional restaurants which are known as churrascarias.
Samba and Bossa Nova
The 2 most famous Brazilian music and dances can be watched, and tried out, at lots of bars and dance halls.
Best place in the city to catch international underground bands is here at the ‘Flying Circus’ club.
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