Romantic Weekend in RIo



Description:

Gorgeous sunsets, sea breezes, beautiful beaches and unbeatable views - Rio has to be one of the best cities in the world to spend a romantic weekend. Whether you've got cash to splash on a decadent break or need to find romance on a shoestring, our guide gives insider tips on where to stay, visit, eat and drink during your romantic getaway.

Author: Lucy


Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro


If you have the budget for it, there’s no doubting that Copacabana Place is the best place to bring your loved one for a weekend away. If you’re looking to impress, then the decadance and elegance of this legendary hotel is a surefire way to do it! For extra indulgence, book a suite, or at least ask for a front-facing room, as some of the back rooms have unfortunate views over the less-than-romantic back streets of Copacabana. If your budget it is a little more limited, your lucky lover is bound to fall for the beach-view charms of Sol Ipanema, a good-value beach front hotel right at the heart of upscale Ipanema. Once you’re settled, head out to the sands at Copacabana or Ipanema beaches, and catch some sun and sea before grabbing a bite to eat at a beach-front kiosk, or splash out on lunch and a cocktail by the pool at Pergula, Copacabana Palace’s chic bar/restaurant (open to non-guests). After lunch, take a cab or bus ride to Cosmo Velho, and make the ascent up to the legendary Christo Redentor statue. While it’s possible to do this by taxi, riding the old funicular up to the mountain top is far more scenic – and romantic. Once at the top, the views will take your breath away – if you’re looking for a perfect place to pop the question, this could be your moment! Once back in Copacabana or Ipanema, enjoy a caipirinha (cocktail made with ice, lime, sugar and sugar cane rum) by the sands before heading out for dinner. One of Rio’s most intimate and romantic spots is Carame Bistro. Make sure you have made reservations in advance, as this small spot fills up quickly. After dinner, take a bus or taxi ride to the lively district of Lapa – avoid the street party, which is something of a meeting point for singles, and head instead for samba dancing and live music at legendary dance spot Rio Scenarium.


1

Best Western Sol Ipanema Hotel

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Avenida Vieira Souto 320 Ipanema
Ipanema
22420-000 Rio de Janeiro, BR

Contact:

tel: 21-5252020
visit website


2

Copacabana Palace

user rating

Location:

Avenida Atlantica 1702
Copacabana
22021-001 Rio de Janeiro, BR

Contact:

tel: +55 21 2548 7070 / +55 21 2545 8705
fax: +55 21 2235 7330
visit website


3

Copacabana Beach

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Avenida Atlantica and Xavier da Silveira
22010-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 2542 8080
fax: +55 21 2542 0964
visit website


4

Cruise and Seafood Lunch in Rio de Janeiro

Location:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

visit website


5

Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Rua Cosme Velho 513
22241-090 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 558 1329
visit website


6

Rio Scenarium

Location:

Rua do Lauradio, 20
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 3147 9005
visit website


7

Carême

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Rua Visconde de Caravelas, 113
Botafogo
22271-030 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 25372374


Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro


As Rio’s historic downtown is dangerously deserted on Sundays, head here on Saturday morning to get to know Rio beyond the beaches. Head for the beautiful Confeitaria Colombo for coffee and a snack or – if budget allows – the full on breakfast or afternoon tea spread. Once you’ve absorbed the opulence of the place, spend an hour or so browsing the shops before heading for the estacao de bonde – the boarding point for the rustic old tram bonde) that winds up the hill into beautiful Santa Teresa. For just 60 centavos, this memorable ride aboard the rickety old street car has to be Rio’s best value tourist attraction. You’ll rattle across the famous Arcos do Lapa (Lapa aqueduct) and up steep cobbled streets, past crumbling mansion houses and artists’ studios. Jump off at the Curvelo stop and take in the marvellous view over the city from Parque das Ruinas (entrance is free) before spending the afternoon browsing the arts, crafts and vintage clothes shops of this beautiful, bohemian hillside neighbouthood. The most romantic place to dine in Santa Teresa is Aprazivel – a French/Brazilian restaurant with outdoor seating in a gorgeous tropical garden with spectacular views. You’ll need reservations – and possibly a credit card! Reservations aren’t necessary down the hill at Espirito Santa, however, where you can take a seat on the patio and enjoy excellent Brazilian cuisine and pretty views at prices that won’t break the bank. After dinner, take a drink in one of Santa Teresa’s many bustling bars, before heading down the hill to Lapa, for another night’s dancing, this time at Carioca da Gema. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, it’s fine just to sit back with a drink and enjoy the live music.


1

Aprazível

user rating

Location:

Rua Aprazível, 62
Santa Teresa
2508-9174 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2508 9174
visit website


2

Confeitaria Colombo

user rating

Location:

Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32
Centro
20071-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 22322300
visit website


3

Bonde de Santa Teresa

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Rua Professor Lélio Gama, 65
Centro
20031-080 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 222 1003 / +55 21 242 2354
visit website


4

Santa Teresa

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Ladeira de Santa Teresa
20241-140 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


5

Espirito Santa

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264
Santa Teresa
20241-260 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2508 7095
visit website


6

Carioca da Gema

Location:

79 Rua Mem De Sa
Lapa
24220-261 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2221 0043
visit website


7

Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

user rating

Location:

Praia Vermelha
Urca
22290-270 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 2461 2700
fax: +55 21 2546 8419
visit website


8

Bar e Restaurante Urca

Location:

Rua Candido Gafree 205, Urca
22291-080 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2295 8744
visit website


Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro


With Rio’s beachfront roads closed to traffic on Sundays, a romantic morning stroll along the beach is on the cards today. Stop for a cooling coconut water (drunk straight from the coconut, through a straw), before taking a bus up to the pretty Jardim Botanico neighbourhood. Here you’ll find the city’s beautiful, shady botanical gardens – perfect for a relaxing Sunday stroll. Enjoy a bite to eat at the café by the entrance, before heading up the road to Lagoa de Freitas, the vast city lake. Here, you can rent a tandem bike or pedal boat, before enjoying a romantic drink by the lake. There are many excellent bar/restaurants here, all very romantic spots at sunset and after dark. For an indulgent end to the day, book a rooftop table at Mr Lam, the upmarket Chinese restaurant in Jardim Botanico. Weather permitting, the roof is lifted off the restaurant at night, allowing dining beneath the stars – and beneath the embrace of the Christo Redentor.


1

Pérgula

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace Hotel
22021 001 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2548 7070
fax: 55 21 2235 7330
visit website


2

Orla Marítima

user rating

Location:

Leme até Barra da Tijuca
22010-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


3

Jardim Botânico

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - 1008
22460-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 22946947 / +55 21 22943642
visit website


4

Lagoa

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Avenida Epitácio Pessoa
Lagoa
22471-001 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: +55 21 25447992 (Tourist information)


5

Bar Lagoa

expert pick

Location:

Avenida Epitacio Pessoa 1674
22411 070 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 25331135


6

Mr. Lam

Location:

Avenida Maria Angélica, 21
Lagoa
22470-201 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact:

tel: 55 21 2286 6661
visit website


© 2014 NileGuide.com   ·   Blog   ·   Facebook   ·   Contact Us   ·   About Us   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms & Conditions