Quality Hotel Niteroi
Rua Alvarp Caetano
Phone: (55) 21 26199500
Fax: (55) 21 26199521
Rua Alvarp Caetano 908 Camboinhas, Niteroi, BR, 24358-000
- Phone: (55) 21 26199500
- Fax: (55) 21 26199521
Many visitors to Rio never make the ferry ride across Guanabara Bay to Niteroi, but this museum, set in beautiful gardens, is one good reason to make the crossing. A beautiful, tile-clad 1800s building, Solar do Jambeiro was formely the mansion home of artist Antonio Parreiras. The furnishings, hand-painted tiles and works of art are noteworthy in themselves, but it's the lush gardens, filled with towering trees and vegetation, that are the real draw here. Keep an eye out for exotic birds and wildlife such as the too—toucans and the little monkeys known locally as 'micos' who are among the regular visitors to the gardens.
A sprawling metropolis of about half a million people, Niterói has been largely neglected by visitors of Rio. This shouldn't be the case and if you have some time to spare, the city will make for a good day trip. Besides having its own beautiful beaches and park areas, the city is also home to Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, which is known as much for its collection as for the views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay it affords.
Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain is one of Rio's most famous landmarks. Catch the thrilling funicular ride up the hill and float above Leme. The top commands a glorious view of the Guanabara Bay with the Botafogo beach to the North and Copacabana to the South, and the wild landscape of Rio proper in-between. Be sure to check out the old open-air cable car on display that was used in the 1930s. There are vendors selling coconuts and juice, as well as a food and refreshments stand.
Formerly known as Forte São Teodósio, the current name became official in 1618 when the elaborate stone gate was built. In 1872, the fortress was remodeled and modern weapons were installed among which were 15 cannons. It was later renovated, and only the old gate and some ruins remain of the original structure. Additionally, there is a private beach for use by the military staff. From the fortress there is a superb view of the Guanabara Bay.
Together with the Sugarloaf and Morro da Babilônia, Morro da Urca forms one of the best climbing and hiking areas in the country. The top is known for marvelous views, while the base is a good place to do some hiking. Most of the experienced, skilled mountain climbers will be found scaling the sheer side of the hill, but there are also nice hiking trails that start from the Praia Vermelha, which should keep you busy for more than an hour.
Leme is actually the first mile of the sandy crescent known as Copacabana. Located between the Morro do Leme and Avenida Princesa Isabel, this stretch is less touristy than its more famous cousin. Locals like to bring the family here, to play beach soccer or volleyball and relax under umbrellas while munching away on shrimp and grilled pieces of fish. On the edge of the rocks you can see a horde of fishermen trying to catch the fish of the day. Leme makes for a more wallet-friendly outing than many of Rio's other areas.
Designed by famous landscape designer Burle Marx, Parque do Flamengo spreads across 119.79 hectares (296 acres) and provides a pleasant place to take a stroll, play volleyball, soccer or tennis or to have a picnic. Enjoy the excellent views across the bay to the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado. Three popular museums are found on the premises: the popular Museu Carmem Miranda, National Monument for those who perished during the II World War and Museum of Modern Arts. It is also called by many names such as Eduardo Gomes Park, Aterro do Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes and Aterro do Flamengo.
Not many people, including Brazilians themselves, are fully aware of the country's involvement in World War II. In reality, the country sent many battalions and Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the European theater of war, especially in Italy. The monument includes a small museum with military artifacts from those dark years, a mausoleum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Praca Sao Salvador is nestled in the quaint neighborhood of Laranjeiras. Dotted by trees, this lively square is always buzzing with people throughout the day and night. It is the meeting point for locals to have a cold beer or catch up with friends and also a hub for live music and dance events. Surrounded by bars, eateries and banks, there is a playground and a beautiful fountain in the square.
Straight from fantasyland is this late 19th-century neo-gothic palace sticking right out of Guanabara Bay. Designed by Adolfo del Vecchio and completed in 1889, it was used to keep an eye on naval operations, and now houses a museum dedicated to the Brazilian Navy. It was also the site of the last Imperial Ball.
Tucked away behind the middle-class suburb of Botafogo, unassuming Laranjeiras is steadily establishing itself as a prime spot for eating, drinking, and socializing. The price of property here, comparatively cheap for the Zona Sul, has led to an abundance of independent bars, restaurants and nightclubs along the tree-lined streets with hip, young Cariocas heading here in their droves after dark. Head here on a Saturday night and enjoy a meal and drinks at Bar do Serafim, at Rua Alice 24, before heading to Casa Rosa, at Rua das Laranjeiras 550, to samba until the early hours.
This four kilometer (2.49 mile) stretch skirting the Copacabana Beach, is one of the city's most picturesque avenues. Lined with excellent hotels, restaurants and boutiques, Avenida Atlantica sees a perennial bustle throughout the day, populated not just by tourists, but locals as well. The street is a major site of the city's extravagant New Year's Eve celebrations as well.