Quiz: Which city in Brazil is for you?
Catching the FIFA action on the telly? Plan your next getaway while you're at it
1. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new city?
A. Head to the beach, of course. Why would I travel to a city with no beaches?
B. Make friends with a local; it's the best way to experience a city.
C. Find out where to make dinner reservations.
D. Whatever it says on my colour-coded travel itinerary.
2. Your holiday album is usually filled with:
A. Selfies from my smartphone with an 8MP camera.
B. Photographs of graffiti, flower sellers and everyday life in the city.
C. Food + Instagram.
D. Views from my hotel room balcony.
3. The greatest Brazilian of all time is…
A. Gisele Bündchen
B. Paulo Coelho
C. Neymar Jr.
D. Oscar Niemeyer
4. Your favourite Game Of Thrones character is…
A. Tyrion Lannister
B. Daenerys Targaryen
C. Margaery Tyrell
D. I don’t have time for Game Of Thrones.
5. What are you most likely to bring back for friends and family?
A. Wine and chocolates from duty-free.
B. Fridge magnets, key chains and postcards.
C. Whatever comes with a fascinating story at the antique shop.
D. Miniature versions of the monuments you visited.
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Rio de Janeiro
For you, a holiday is just an excuse to indulge in hedonistic pleasure. Here’s a city that shares your passion for the good life – pristine beaches infested with perfectly-sculpted bodies and parties at every corner, from the bustling bars along Copacabana beach to the unabashed samba joints. To experience the electric energy of Brazil’s football fans, catch a game at one of the world’s largest football stadiums, Maracanã.
You're unimpressed by towering skyscrapers and snazzy nightclubs; you want a city with soul. Salvador’s history will keep you busy for days – a former centre of slave trade, you’ll find stories lurking in the distorted paintings in the magnificent Baroque São Francisco, traditional food like acarajé (black-eyed pea fritters) and the music. For souvenir-shopping, head to the Mercado Modelo, which has stalls filled with local handicrafts, performances by musically-gifted vendors and surprise capoeira displays.
Good food and great wine take priority on your holidays; sightseeing will just have to wait. A food trail in São Paulo is unlikely to disappoint, with its reputation for the world’s best restaurants (it’s also known as the pizza capital of the world, selling more than 700 a minute). São Paulo draws culture vultures from around the globe – you can study the works of Picasso at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo or catch a performance at Sala São Paulo opera house.
No thank you, living on the edge, you like your holidays well-planned and laid out on excel sheets. Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, won't bother you with chaos. Built as the city of the future in the ’50s, Brasília (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) is split into neat sectors, and is studded with treasures like the Cathedral of Brasília by legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer. If you can afford to indulge in some luxurious living, stay at the Brasília Palace – Gandhi and Guevara did as well.