One of the most popular tourist attractions and must-have-been places in Rio de Janeiro is the Beach of Copacabana.
Referred to as the most famous beach in the world, Copacabana is almost 3 miles long. Restaurants, theatres, jewelry shops, fashion outlets and movie houses are just a short walking distance away from the beach. Whether you are a visitor or a local, you will surely enjoy the vibrant atmosphere there. The people around are fun loving and colourful and you can walk the beach anytime of the day and even after dark.
Copacabana attracts a large number of tourists from around the world every year with most visitors arriving during New Year’s Eve and the Carnival period. The neighbourhood is surrounded by entertainment facilites such as theatres, cafes, bars, galleries and shops which are open both during the day and after dark.
When it comes to eating and fine dining, there is no limit to the options because Copacabana houses some of the largest restaurants in the area. You can find all types of cafés and restaurants and in case you plan to stay on the beach for long, you must also check out the options at the beach front kiosks. Get a drink, have seafood or enjoy coconut water on the long scalloped beach and witness the beauty of Copacabana. Since Rio is an informal city, you don have to worry too much about what you wear as long as you are comfortable. When on the beach, don’t forget to carry your sunglasses, sun tan lotion and a bathing suit.
The history behind the name of Copacabana dates back to the 17th century. It is believed that the origin of the name is Bolivian and it can be traced to a time when the Portuguese brought an image of Our Lady of Copacabana and installed it in a chapel. After the chapel was demolished, construction of Forte de Copacabana took place on the same site.
Until the end of the 19th century, Copacabana was a fishermen’s village. It only started to gain recognition after the Tunel Velho was opened and became even more popular when Avenue Atlantica was built along the beach. In 1923, the Copacabana Palace Hotel opened and with this the area became a place for romance and glamour. When you visit this area, you will witness a number of houses which have been built in the Art Nouveau and Neoclassical architectural style.
There are two major airports in Rio de Janeiro and these are Santos Dumont which takes care of domestic flights from some major cities and the International Airport of Rio de Janeiro which takes care of all international flights. Under normal driving conditions, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the beach from the International Airport. The domestic airport is quite centrally located so it only takes about 15 minutes from there. You can reach the beach via public transportation, for example by taking the subway on Line 1.
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The beach of Copacabana is not only popular for sunbathing, but it is also home to some major international volleyball and beach soccer championships. A number of other sporting activities is also conducted here every year. This breathtaking stretch of sandy beach runs from Avenue Princesa Isabel to Copacabana Fortress.
While you are at Copacabana, you can also visit Fisherman’s Corner, Hotel Copacabana Palace, Forte de Copacabana and the picturesque quarters Lido and Bairro Peixoto. Because the beach of Copacabana is so popular, it is always packed with tourists. In fact it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
The locals really enjoy their sports so there are many different sports facilities available along the beach. You find football courts as well as volleyball nets. In addition, there is training equipment also available if you would just like to build muscle while enjoying the scenic beauty of the beach.
The promenade runs parallel to the beach. It was designed in 1970 and is a popular route for joggers, roller skaters and cyclists. If you are out on the beach on a weekend, you can find some nice works of art and souvenirs at the tourist fair which is held right in front of Rio Othon Hotel in the evenings.