What To Expect In Rio This Summer
So the teams have qualified, the groups have been drawn, and the stadiums are ready…well, almost. It seems the most highly anticipated World Cup of all time is only a matter of months away, and for those preparing to head to the sandy beaches of Rio, the carnival atmosphere has already begun.
The competition will see an estimated half a million tourists flock to the country during the four weeks in June, looking to sample the colourful, samba lifestyle the South American nation is synonymous with. And the truth is, they’ll probably get it.
Already events have been put in place to make the Brazil 2014 one of the greatest tournaments ever, with fan parks in 12 host cities, including, what will be the hub of the festival, Rio de Janeiro.
The Maracana is to be the centre piece of the World Cup, just as it was 64 years previous during the 1950 tournament. The iconic stadium will host the finale of the World Cup, with Brazil themselves favourites to take the Jules Rimet trophy. But it won’t be just inside the ground where Rio will be rocking.
The city will be awash with the exciting Brazilian culture. None more so than on the Copacabana. Rio is set to be the temporary home for the majority of fans making the trip to sport’s most watched competition, and that is partly down to the luxury it truly offers.
The pristine, white sands of the most famous beach in the world will be full with the red of Belgium, blue of France, and yellow of Ecuador who all have fixtures in the city, whilst plenty more will be yearning to sample the delights.
And for those looking to stay in the city, the city has some of the most glamorous hotels on the continent. The Royal Tulip on the Rio de Janeiro beach is perhaps the stand out location for those wanting to enjoy their stay in absolute splendour. The five star resort has one of the most charming shopping malls in the city, whilst also being no stranger to welcoming big events. The beachfront hotel regularly welcomes some of the finest professionals from across the globe, even hosting the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP).
It’s set to be a brilliant couple of years for Brazilians, with not only this summer to look forward to, but the 2016 Olympic Games also set to showcase the flamboyance and fun of the nation. Expect that to begin on June 12, and if you’re there, expect it to be a month you will never forget.