Beautiful beaches, great nightlife and the world’s biggest carnival – what’s not to love about Brazil?
The South American nation has long been on our dream holiday destination list, but all the extra attention it’s getting due to the World Cup this year is making it seem even more appealing. There’s a few times in recent weeks when we’ve glazed over behind our desks, lost in daydreams which involve us lying on a white sand beach sipping a caipirinha (cachaca, muddled lime and sugar – YUM!) wearing our Peter Pilotto for Target bikinis and of course our trusty JuJu sandals.
In an ideal world, we’d jet out this month for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, swapping the doom and gloom of the UK for a riot of colour. We’d stay on for a few days after the festivities finished too, soaking up the sun on Rio’s famous beaches, taking a cable car to the top of the stunning Sugar Loaf Mountain and snapping some pictures of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
In the evenings we’d hit a neighbourhood botequin (bar) before dancing the night away at a samba club. Sounds perfect!
A bit closer to home…
If your budget falls far shorter than your daydreaming imagination, take a look at our suggestions for similar destinations a bit closer to home.
Best for carnivals – Santa Cruz in Tenerife
Tenerife’s capital city is twinned with Rio de Janeiro and the Carnival of Santa Cruz is every bit as glamorous and outrageous as its South American sister’s. The festivities start at the beginning of February when the Carnival Queen is elected and continue until the 17th of the month. The days in-between are filled with music, merriment, fireworks and of course a huge parade.
Best for beaches – Kissamos in Greece
Forget Praia do Toque and Taipus de Fora, one of the world’s best beaches is a mere few hours flight away in Greece. Balos Lagoon in Kissamos boasts white sand and clear turquoise waters. Parts of the sea are warm and shallow, perfect for paddling, but beyond the rocks is deeper colder water for snorkelling.
Best for nightlife – Budapest in Hungary
Brazil has a well-deserved reputation for amazing nightlife, but it’s far from the only place you can party until dawn in. The ‘sparties’ – parties in a spa – in Hungary’s capital are legendary, with the city’s historical spas transformed into nightclubs packed with revellers dancing by the pools.
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