17 May, 2009

Copacabana- The Jewel Of Rio de Janeiro


Copacabana is a very famous district in the southern part of Rio in Brazil; it is one of the major tourist destinations in the country and the area that is shown in every travel guide referring to the country of Brazil, mostly due to the long and gorgeous beach that lies at the coast of the city.

The beach is four kilometres long and is repeatedly voted among the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach took the name from the district, although the borough was not named like that originally. Its name was Sacopenapa, although towards the end of the 18th century, the officials of Rio decided to create a replica of the Chapel that is located in Copacabana in Bolivia. The Chapel of Virgin Mary built in the area gave its name to the district and later on to the beach.

Except for the homonym beach, there is an entire network of small beaches in the area that gather numerous tourists and sea aficionados; the Arpoador beach is particularly famous and popular among surfers who come from all over America to surf there – it is considered to have the perfect waves. The beach of Ipanema is also located in the same area, however Copacabana remains the most known and popular one.

Normally, the area is fully developed and benefits from the vast tourism; according to the Officials in Rio, just this area features 65 hotels and 15 hostels, as well as numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. Its nightlife is notorious, as the clubs of Copacabana are famous worldwide. The beach is also the official home of the Beach Soccer World Cup, while numerous tournaments take place there annually.

Except for the beach, the area boasts long history as well; the Fort of Copacabana is one of the most well-preserved in Rio and is located at the end of the Beach, while other Forts and Towers ornament the area as well.



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