Rio de Janeiro en amoureux
In Brazil, things seem to have their own special touch. So much so that, unlike the rest of the world, the most romantic day of the year is not 14 February, but in fact 12 June. It's extremely rare to find someone who knows about Valentine's Day, or why our "Valentine's Day" is in June. But that's okay . .. in the end, romance has nothing to do with dates, and romantic isn't just going out for a candlelight dinner, right ?
If you're here as a couple on these dates, there are unique ways of enjoying the destination. With passion.
Café of Love
Do you want to be teleported
back to the late 19th century ? In the city centre since 1894, Confeitaria Colombo is the place to go
for a memorable afternoon tea. The art
nouveau atmosphere is signalled by gorgeous mirrors and stained glass, the
upper gallery, the sounds of the piano and, of course, unforgettable
Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32, city centre.
Facing the sea, the Pista Cláudio Coutinho walking trail – or "Caminho do Bem-te-vi" – is hidden inside a natural reserve, to the left of Vermelha Beach. The trip through the hillsides of Morro da Urca and Pão de Açúcar offers prime views of the sea cliffs, the ocean and the Atlantic Forest.
Praça General Tibúrcio, s/n, Urca.
A sunny spot
Av. Delfim Moreira, s/n, Posto 11, Leblon
Photo : Josimar Oliveira
Pedalling on the water
Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 3000, Lagoa.
Instruction for two
Chef Manoela Zappa has created a welcoming space called Prosa na Cozinha. Here, cooking enthusiasts will feel right at home preparing recipes at daily gatherings lasting around three hours, in the afternoon and at night, normally with three dishes (entrée, main dish and dessert) and a wine pairing option.
Rua Lopes Quintas, 147, Botanical Gardens.
Photo: Renato de Aguiar
It's not because this
program appeals to every couple that you should miss the sunset at Arpoador, a collection of rocks, beach
and calm ocean waters in Ipanema. From there, stop for fresh oysters and a cold
beer (or glass of white wine) at the Canastra Bar.
Rua Jangadeiros, 42 – G, Ipanema.
Av. Das Américas, 8585, Barra da Tijuca.
Photo : Bruno de Lima
The last sip
Rua Dias Ferreira, 50, Leblon
Photo: Sérgio Greif
Closer to heaven
Av. Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana.