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The Copacabana Palace hotel was opened in 1923 as one of the first hotels to be built along Copacabana beach. It soon became a symbol of Rio & many famous people chose to stay there. Today the hotel is a reminder of sophistication & culture from a previous era.
New Year at Copacabana
New Year in Rio has to be the best New Year´s Eve party in the world! Get to the beach early, bring a bottle, and don´t forget to wear white! You will have a fantastic time, guaranteed. More info on the Copacabana celebrations here: http://www.nileguide.com/destination/rio-de-janeiro/things-to-do/new-year-s-at-copacabana/402268#
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Officially incorporated into the city of Rio de Janeiro in 1892, Copacabana remained a small beach community until the opening of the Copacabana Palace hotel in 1923. The luxurious hotel attracted the glamorous and wealthy of Brazil and beyond and made of Copacabana one of the most famous beaches in the world. Today, Copacabana is Rio’s most important beach neighbourhood, and although also a significant residential area, it receives most of Rio’s tourists due of the concentration of hotels, restaurants and nightlife. The spacious sandy beach, with its wavy black and white mosaic pavement design, is also the city’s most popular, especially on New Year’s Eve when the large firework display attracts more than 2 million spectators. The mosaic pavement was designed by the celebrated landscape architecte Burle Marx. Check out the travelogue: "People of Copacabana" for interesting faces in Copa.
Brazil’s most famous hotel, Copacabana Palace, is what made Copacabana famous. Built in 1923, the legendary hotel was designed by the French architect Joseph Gire and modelled after le Negresco in Nice and le Carlton in Cannes. The hotel immediately attracted the rich, glamorous and famous and with them Copacabana rose to prominence. The landmark Copacabana Palace continues to be one of Brazil's most luxurious hotels and to dominate the Copacabana bay.
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Evening Market Along Avenida Atlântica in Copacaba
A nice market with nice prices for beaded and shell jewelry among other items including alot of tourist t-shirts and the like. A very fun and free thing to do evenings along Copacabana! (granted you don't buy anything)
Where Copacabana meet Ipanema
This rocks area is the intersection of two central areas in Rio - Copacabana and Ipanema. Is called Arpoador. At th and of the day, sunset time, people enjoy to seat there to see the sun goes down in the ocean.
Copacabana Ocean Front
Copacabana is one of the most beautiful "in city" beach. The sand area is large, as well the pedestrian line (named calçadão). Is pleasent to walk. Locals don't like to stay there for sunning burn or staying at the sand. For us, is a perfecty place to walk, or jogging, but not to enjoy the ocean. Locals rather like Ipanema Beach.
Forte de Copacabana
The Forte de Copacabana is at the south side of Copacabana Beach. It's a former fort and is now a museum. Among the things you can find here are huge artillery guns and even guards just like at Buckhingham Palace in London, where they don't move! The cost, if I remember right, to get in is about R$5.00. The complex also houses a museum that contains everything from soilder's uniforms to shells used in the artillery guns. There's also a great place to view surrounding Copacabana. A good way to kill some time.
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MILITARY SPOTS IN COPACABANA
It is indeed one of the rare places in Copacabana where you can see the beach from a very unusual perpective! The Fort needs to be discovered!
SO JUST GO THERE AND CHECK IT AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKE IT!
From there you can have an unique view of our Sugar Loaf!
SECRETS OF COPACABANA
In one of my tips I wrote about the 4 different parts of Copacabana. LEME, MERIDIEN HOTEL, SIQUEIRA CAMPOS STREET AND THE POSTO SEIS.
THE POSTO SEIS is the end of Copacabana beach and you head to Ipanema, which is another beach after Ipanema, right in the end of Copa you will find a very old Army Fortress, the so called FORTE DE COPACABANA.
MANY PEOPLE SKIP THIS AMAZING ATTRACTION, and it is a sin...This fortress was built in 1914, it offers a great view of Copacabana and Ipanema...it also has an Army Museum and a charming café in front of the sea...YOU SHOULD NOT MISS!
Try to visit the ruins, it makes a great setting for your best pictures!
new year's in copacabana--wear white!
new year's in copacabana is packed, energizing, stimulating, beautiful, moving, glorious....i could go on and on. i have been twice, and i would go many many times again! please experience this. the brazilian and african religious customs emerge, people from all over the world gather to wittness the ceremony of the offerings to the sea goddess, yemanja. the firework show lasts longer than any i have ever known, and the crowd is deliciously saucy, healthy and spirited. there are bands that play on huge stages on the beach, shoulder to shoulder people wearing white. you should also wear all white. there are people playing drums, dancing, fire, candles, flowers being thrown into the sea, prayers being silently spoken and kisses exchanged by strangers...truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Copacabana Palace Hotel
One of the top addresses in Rio de Janeiro and certainly along the Copacabana Hotel is the Copacabana Palace Hotel. 20 years ago it was a run down hotel that has been rejuvenated during the last two decades. Stunning interior with marvelous restaurants and a great pool it invites as luxury overnight or as a five star pit stop along the Copacabana.
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Copacabana Beach Road
Parallel to the beach runs the Copacabana Beach Road. During weekends and public holidays the sector of the road closest to the beach is being used as pedestrian walk way. Along the road apartment buildings and hotels are lined, and some of the most luxurious addresses of Rio de Janeiro can be found here.
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In other countries around the world one would like to seek an isolated beach to relax - not so in Rio de Janeiro. Here it is beach culture and one goes to the beach to meet, mingle and party. Hence the beach is packed to the last spot. Various sections invite various crowds of people - and it is the place to be in Rio during the day!!
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A visit to Rio de Janeiro isn't complete without a visit an swim at the World famous Copacabana Beach.
You will notice many football goal posts dotted all along the beach and of course beach volleyball nets. Brazilians love their football, and if you do not witness some of the locals playing football amongst themselves, you have to be very unlucky. They are extremely skillfull, and can kick the ball at eachother for a very long time without the ball touching the ground! ;)
The beach's main road is Ave Atlantica, and along that road, there are numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. At night, it's fairly lively and a nice spot to enjoy the seabreeze.
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