Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Cities

Porto Alegre

Porte Alegre isn’t your typical large Brazilian city – it’s not much like Rio or Saõ Paulo. The city was formed in 1742 by immigrants from the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. Thousands of immigrants from Portugal and Italy flooded the city center. The state is located far down the south of Brazil, with it’s capital being Rio Grande do Sul. It’s people are called gaúchos and share several cultural traits with their neighbours from close by Argentina and Uruguay. You’ll find plenty of folklore music and plenty of drinking the mate infusion, or chimarrão.

Porto Alegre has over 1 million people and 1 million trees, it is one of the greenest cities in Brazil. It lies on the eastern bank of the Guaíba River, right at the convergence point of five other rivers, which together form the enormous Lagoa dos Patos (Ducks Lagoon).

Temperatures aren’t as hot down here as they are in more northern parts of Brazil. Generally mild, the average daily temperature is 19.5ºC and cold winters that have record snow fall and subzero temperatures. You will however, find four distinct seasons, with summer temperatures reaching beyond 35ºC.

Curitiba

The city of Curitiba is a world-wide role model for dealing with government issues such as transportation and the preservation of the environment while facing rapid commercialism.

With over 1.8 million residents, Curitiba is the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil. The city is also prosperous, being the 4th largest contributor to the country’s gross national product. Curitiba is full of culture and residents are known to praise their quality of life.

The curitibanos cultural richness is mostly thanks to the massive immigration process the south of Brazil underwent during the 19th century, when it welcomed a huge contingent of Germans, Italians, Ukrainians and Polish. You’ll notice these influences in city landmarks like the Santa Felicidade neighbourhood, with its first-class Italian cantinas; the Bosque Alemão (German Wood) and the Ukrainian church replica at fabulous Tingui Park.

The city is very green, parks can be found all over the place. Besides the Tingui, other important parks that showcase Curitiba’s desire to preserve green areas include the Tangua, the Barigui and the impressive Botanical Garden. Other city attractions revolve around its pulsating cultural life, like the Opera de Arame (a theatre all built with glass and iron wires) and the pungent Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the architect himself.

Rio De Janiero

Rio needs no introduction. It the best of all worlds; the city, the beach, the architecture and culture, the nightlife … the list can go on forever. The city’s rich history and natural beauty have certainly contributed to making the city well-known and loved across the world. Rio is most popular for its New Year’s Eve celebrations and world-famous Carnival festivals. This bustling cosmopolitan downtown, located between a tropical forest and a series of breathtaking beaches, is an ideal base for exploring the country.

Rio de Janeiro is a city filled with everything and visitor could want. Its striking colonial architecture integrates so well with its modern buildings to truly create a city rich with history and modern taste. We’ve all seen the two most iconic sights of the city; Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, but seeing them in person is breathtaking and surreal.

Belo Horizonte

The number one question asked when someone meets a belo-horizontino, as they call themselves, is often the same: Atletico Mineiro or Cruzeiro (Referring to the city’s most famous soccer teams)? Belo Horizonte – or Beagá, as the city is famously known, after the sound of initials BH in Portuguese – is the sixth-most populated city in Brazil, with just over 2.4 million residents.

From the beauty of its parks and green areas to the careful city-planning; from the wide chocies of cultural activities to the natural wonders of the Serra do Curral surrounding it, Belo Horizonte has countless reasons for constantly being appointed as one of Latin America’s best cities for the best qualify of life.

Brasília

When you think Brasília, the first thing that comes to mind is Soccer. In continuing with it’s rich architecture trends, the city has began construction on its Estadio Nacional, an arena with seating for 70,042 spectators, making it the second largest of the stadiums hosting matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The amazing new stadium will be one of a kind, with metal and roof stands, and low-pitched unobstructed views from every single seat. The new stadium will be Brasília’s third, along with the Serejao, the home to the Brasíliense, and the Bezerrao, which was recently refurbished and reopened in 2008. The World Cup won’t be the end of use for the stadium, afterwards it will host concerts and major cultural events.

Based on carbon neutrality, recycling and total access via public transportation, this environmentally friendly construction project will confirm Brasília’s status as a world leader in sustainable urban planning, creating a valuable legacy for other sectors of the local economy.

Cuiabá

Cuiabá is a must see for tourists. It is home to three of Brazil’s most desired natural sights: the savannahs of the Cerrado, the wetlands of the Pantanal, and the world-famous Amazon rainforest. With such a dominant presence of nature all around its surroundings, it’s no surprise that Cuiabá has been given the nickname ‘Green City.’ The cuiabanosalso is next to the mountain range of Chapada dos Guimaraes, where thousands of visitors every year find archaeological sites and a 3,300-square kilometre National Parks. The Chapada dos Guimaraes mountains block the polar masses and helps driving temperatures to over 40º C during the summer, making it one of Brazil’s hottest places.

Especially built for the World Cup Brazil 2014, the new stadium will host four matches, hosting over 42,000 fans.

Salvador

When the Portuguese first began to colonize Brazil around the mid-1500′s, the first area they took over was Salvador. This coastal city in the country’s north-east was one of the main ports for slave trade in South America. Because of this, the presence of African culture is easy to spot in Salvador. From the circles of capoeira (a combination of martial art and dance brought to Brazil by African slaves) at the Modelo Martket to the beat of the agogôs and atabaques (percussion instruments) in Candomblé – a syncretic religion conceived in Brazil. This influence of African heritage has earned a nickname of Roma Negra (Black Rome) for Salvador. The city is the birthplace and home of some of Brazil’s most well known artists.

Salvador’s topography is very unique, with a clear distinction between it’s low and high cities (Cidade Baixa and Cidade Alta). The low and high cities are bridged together by one of the cities most important landmarks, the Elevador Lacerda. But perhaps the most infamous part of the city is the Pelourinho, which is its historical center. All its churches, rainbow colored historic buildings and architecture were made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Recife

Recife has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. A few of them are located around the state’s capital, Boa Viagem, and the most famous is Porto de Galinhas, located about 70km away from Recife, and which stands among the top tourist destinations in the country.

With a strong Dutch presence, year-round tropical climate and spectacular beaches that are common to the north-eastern coast of Brazil, the region of Recife also has a lot of history and cultural richness, and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

The ultimate best time to check the traditions of Recife is during carnival. Join 2 million other people and enjoy the rhythms of frevo and maracatu as they completely take the city and rock street parades like the Galo da Madrugada (‘Dawn Rooster’).


Recife is absolutely mad about football. They have three of the top soccer clubs: Sport Club do Recife, Santa Cruz Futebol Clube or Clube Nautico Capibaribe.

Natal

In order for Natal to be able to host the World Cup, they had to agree to build a new stadium. They demolished their two older stadiums and built a brand new one to host the festivities.

Natal is proudly nicknamed Cidade do Sol (Sun City), thanks to its year-round average tropical climate of 28º C. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is a huge vacation destination for Europeans and other international visitors.

Fortaleza

Fortaleza is home to over 34 kilometres of coastline. It has been one of the main tourist destinations in the north-east of Brazil for many years, and increases in popularity yearly. But, with over 2.4 million residents, the city has also developed into an important economic center.

Most of the tourist attractions in Fortaleza revolve around its beaches. The Praia do Futuro (Future Beach) is popular for its several barracas - simple kiosk-restaurants built on the sand that serve fresh, typical seafood. If you’re looking for nightlife, Iracema is full of bars and nightclubs.  The coastal Beira Mar avenue is a the place for a traditional daily craftsmen’s fair and for some of the top spots to dance the forró, a typical rhythm from the north-east of Brazil.

Over the decades, Fortaleza has invested in new infrastructure for tourism. Some of these include the Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura  (Sea Dragon Art and Culture Centre) and the Beach Park, Brazil’s largest water park, with several cutting-edge speed-slides distributed along 35,000 square kilometres.

Manaus

Not traditionally a city huge in soccer history, Manaus will certainly attract visitors due to its new soccer stadium shown above.

The city is literally at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon was the inspiration for the refurbished stadium, which will appear to be covered in straw, a product the region is famous for.

This sustainable stadium project will provide an important legacy for the region and play its part in helping to preserve the diversity of the Amazonian rainforest. For example, rainwater will be collected for later use in toilets or to water the pitch, while the region’s endless supply of sunshine will be used to generate clean and renewable energy for the stadium. Plant screens will also be created to keep energy costs down by controlling temperatures inside the stadium.