Getting to Know the Cities of Brazil World Cup 2014 (Part 3)
Flying to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 to July 13, 2014)? Have you chosen your must-see cities of this lush and varied country? This year’s World Cup will take place over twelve cities scattered across South America’s largest nation: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, and Manaus.
In part two of this series
, we explored Brazilian World Cup cities Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo. In part one
of this series, we examined the first four of the twelve Brazilian cities hosting the 2014 World Cup—Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba. Today in our final installment, we will explore Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and the inimitable Rio de Janeiro.
Check out our handy schedule
for when and where the matches are held!.
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Now that you have your Brazil visa and your flight ready to go, let’s explore Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife, and—of course—Rio de Janeiro!
BELO HORIZONTE Stadium: Estadio Mineirao
“There’s no sea, let’s hit the bar!” is the mantra of Belo Horizonte, an inland city to 2.4 million—and bars (and food) there are indeed. The newly refurbished Estadio Mineirao seats over 57,000 spectators for the planned World Cup matches, and afterward, fans can crowd the many pubs, bars, and restaurants of Belo Horizonte. The city is known for its fine foods and modern art that rivals Brasilia’s—great for World Cup travelers who want to socialize and experience culture.
SALVADOR Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova
The largest city in northeastern Brazil, Salvador is known for its strong African heritage and European architecture, and is called the “city of eternal beauty.” And beauty indeed, in its coastal views, stunning beaches, and hilly landscape. A true metropolis, Salvador has complex politics among its citizens—the World Cup will serve as an interesting dynamic to its history. Its entirely rebuilt stadium, Arena Fonte Nova, seats over 52,000 fans.
RECIFE Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Recife has the distinction of being two cities for the price of one: big, busy Recife—famous for its colorful Carnival—and the quieter, more historic Olinda to the north. Both host incredible sandy beaches and gorgeous natural landscape. The stadium, called Arena Perambuco, seats over 42,000, and once hosted the 1950 Brazilian World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO Stadium: Estadio do Maracana
What hasn’t been said about the great Rio de Janeiro? First, let’s talk stadium. Estadio do Maracana, which housed the famous 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, has been renovated and now seats over 70,000 fans. The seats have been colored yellow, blue, and white in honor of the national flag. Now for the city itself: Carnival, bossa nova, Ipanema, churrascaria barbecue . . . the list goes on and on. You can’t go wrong staying in Rio, though the accommodation prices may be high. See here
for ideas on possible deals.
And that wraps our exploration of the World Cup cities of Brazil!
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