Brazil is being hailed as one of the hottest travel destinations of 2014, and with the World Cup taking place there this year, as well as the usual activities, wildlife and nature on offer, it’s not hard to see why.
The football-mad South American country is set to put on a show to rival all previous World Cup tournaments and lovers of the sport would be mad to miss out on the action. However, it’s not just the sport that makes this sun-drenched country worth a visit, so we’ve put together a guide to help you make the most of this country, whatever your interests. So, whether you’re a football fanatic, adventure seeker or a culture vulture join us as we present our guide to the country that has it all... beautiful Brazil!
The World Cup will be played out across 12 host cities in Brazil, meaning there are plenty of places to choose from when it comes to picking your football-crazy destination. For a different experience of Brazil head to host city Recife for balmy beaches and barmy sports fans, but be warned! Located just eight degrees south of the equator, this Brazilian hotspot can reach extreme temperatures.
São Paulo’s Itaquera stadium will host the World Cup opening ceremony on the 12th June, an event which should not be missed. Book flights to Brazil with us today to fly to São Paulo from as little as £689 return in the British Airways sale.
Visit Salvador in the state of Bahia to catch the more exciting matches in this year’s tournament, including the quarter-final. Home to the Estádio Fonte Nova stadium, which seats 55,000, as well as quaint streets and colourful buildings, you can get both your football and cultural fix in this city.
Of course the real action is set to take place in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracanã stadium, where the final, along with six other important matches, will take place. Fly to Brazil to visit this iconic city during the games and pay just £648 return flying British Airways from Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro International when booking with us.
Other Brazilian cities hosting the World Cup are Fortaleza, Cuiabá, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Manaus and Natal. The 2014 World Cup will take place from the 12th June until the 13th July.
Beautiful beaches, culture and wildlife
If football’s not your thing then fear not! Brazil has far more to offer than just sport this year. From its famous carnival to scorching beaches and all that’s in between, you’ll find something to suit every taste in Brazil.
Those looking to discover the vast and diverse wildlife of the country should take a trip the Pantanal, one of the largest tropical wetland areas in the world. Stretching across Brazil through to Bolivia and Paraguay, this massive floodplain is home to an impressive variety of plants and wildlife which make it an excellent alternative to its neighbour to the north, the Amazon Rainforest.
Beach lovers will be spoiled for choice in Brazil but there are a couple of areas in particular that deserve a special mention. Jericoacoara, or Jeri, has it all - stunning beaches, breathtaking scenery, lively restaurants and even livelier bars. Better still is the adventure you’ll have to take to reach Jeri, as it is found beyond a set of unpaved tracks in the dunes, making it one of Brazil’s best and most exciting beach destinations.
For something truly special head to one of Brazil’s enchanting islands for a beach getaway unlike any other. Ilha Grande is an island renowned for its immaculate appearance and pristine beaches as well as its excellent service - three things that we think help to make it the ultimate Brazilian beach holiday location!
Finally, the festivities in Brazil kick off way before the football does, with the world famous Rio Carnival taking place from the 28th of February until the 4th March. There is no better time to visit than during Carnival if you’re hungry for a true taste of Brazil and our deals on Rio holidays mean you can visit the world’s best party for less this year!
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