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Pritha Manchanda May 13 2014

FIFA 2014 with family

Reema Bhalla May 13 2014
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If you are flying to Brazil to catch FIFA 2014 with family live and are clubbing it with a family vacation, here is everything you might need to know. From where to watch the match to the perfect sightseeing and recreational options which the whole family can enjoy together, our comprehensive list of Brazil’s top 5 cities has something for everyone visiting Brazil during FIFA 2014.

Rio de Janeiro

Beautiful mountains, white-sand beaches, lush green rainforests facing a blue sea-- Rio has it all. It epitomises the idea of a tropical paradise. Surf at Prainha, hike through the beautifully dense Tijuca Rainforests, sail across Guanabara, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa or just indulge in some people-watch on Ipanema Beach.

Photo by Corcovado

Getting around
All major flight carriers operate through Rio De Janeiro International Airport. Once in Rio, taxis are are the best way for families to get around as they aren’t very expensive. The local bus service and the metro are also extremely convenient.

Things to do
While Rio usually conjures up an image of being a wild party city, it is, in fact, quite child-friendly. There are many things to do with kids in Rio. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue located on the top of Corcovado Mountain or take a stroll on the beautiful Copacabana Beach. Wet n Wild is a water park where kids are guaranteed to have a great time, while you catch FIFA 2014 with family.

Places to eat
The buffet-styled restaurants (comida-a-kilo) where you pay by weight or all-you-can-eat establishments like the churrascarias that specialize in grilled meats are an excellent option for families on a budget. If you want to sample great Brazilian food, head to Amarelinho. Another classy restaurant famous for its unique take on classic dishes is Riso, which also doubles up as an art gallery. Barra Grill ranks high on inventive Brazilian and barbecue dishes.

Places to stay
If you want a luxurious option try the Windsor Asturias Hotel. The Atlantis Copacabana Hotelis another great hotel and is located very close to the famous Copacabana Beach. (Tariff: INR 7300 onwards.)
If you want to stay close to the stadium, Estadio Do Maracana, you can book your room at Rio's Nice Hotel, a mid-budget hotel perfect for a stay while you enjoy FIFA 2014 with family. (Tariff: INR 2000 onwards.)


One can not help but fall in love with Salvador’s inescapable energy. Its beautiful 17th century architecture, churches beautifully adorned with gold and views of a gorgeous coastline set it apart from all other cities. The city has very strong influences of African culture as well, which are reflected very strongly in their music, dance, martial-arts and even religion. If your family likes admiring architectural masterpieces and has interest in cultural activities, they would love spending time in Salvador.

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Getting around
The Salvador International Airport, which is 30 km from the city centre, is well connected with all Brazilian cities and also several international ones. There are also serveral bus services that connect Salvador to other Brazilian cities. They are the most convenient, efficient and cheapest way of getting around. Car rentals to Salvador are available but are an expensive option.
Once in Salvador, use the local bus service. Avoid the taxis, if possible, as they tend to be expensive.

Things to do
Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of the historic Pelourinho District and admire its beautiful colonial buildings, stunning historic churches and local shops. Take a ride on the Elevador Lacerda, the first ever elevator of the urban world, for a panoramic view of Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints’ Bay). Head to Shopping Barra or Rio Vermelho for some retail therapy.

Places to eat
If your family likes to experiment with the local cuisine while travelling, Paraiso Tropical and Restaurante do Senac are the places to head to. For those on a budget, Casa de Tereza is a good bet. If you are looking for a vegetarian restaurant, then Healthy Valley is a good option.

Places to stay
The Mercure Salvador Boulevard is lavish but well within an economic budget. The A Casa Das Portas Velhas Hotel is the perfect choice for those who want to be pampered, as the massages available here are exactly what you need after a long shopping trip and watching a game of FIFA 2014 with family. (Tariff: INR 4500 onwards.)

If you want a place close to the stadium, try the Hotel Pousada Beija Flor. Sol Plaza Sleep is another lovely place to stay if you want to explore the city. Located close to Salvador Mall, the largest shopping center in Salvador, and attractions like Parque Metropolitano Pituacu, Abaete Lagoon and Itapua Lighthouse, this is an excellent hotel if you are going for FIFA 2014 with family. (Tariff: INR 2300 onwards.)

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo
, the largest city in Brazil, is a perfect city for families keen on exploring museums, theatres, chic bistros and restaurants.

Photo by Andre Deak

Getting around
Sao Paulo is well connected to national and international destinations through 2 public airports. Within Sao Paulo, the cheapest way to travel is to take the local bus service. Taxis are safe but the tariff needs to be negotiated. Take the metro service if you want to travel to the downtown areas.

Things to do
The Sao Paulo Walking tour is a must do. But do carry strollers if you are travelling with young children. Head to Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), one of the finest museums in Latin America. Kids would really enjoy a visit to Sao Paulo Zoo as well.

Places to eat
Panela Velha is a great place to start experimenting with Brazilian cuisine. Mani Manioca is one of the best known restaurants in the city. It excels in Brazilian fusion and seafood dishes. Mocoto is another good bet if you wish to try out north-eastern Brazilian cuisine.

Places to stay
Royal Jardins Boutique Hotel is a beautiful property which has a state-of-the-art gym. The Estanplaza Paulista Hotel is another option that provides you luxury at low rates. (Tariff: INR INR 6800 onwards.)

The Mercure Sao Paulo Nortel is an excellent option located close to the Arena de Sao Paulo to stay for FIFA 2014 with family. (Tariff: INR 6000 to INR 11,000).

Brasilia looks like an airplane when seen from the air. There are amazing architectural monuments in this city and the love for design can even be seen in most residential homes.

Photo by Mariordo

Getting around
Many international carriers are handled by Brasilia International Airport. The airport is 16 km from the city centre.
Within the city, the best way to get around is to use the local bus service.

Things to do
Head to Paranoa Lake, a beautiful man-made located on eastern side of Brasilia, and indulge in wakeboarding and windsurfing. Head to Feira de Artesanato da Torreto pick up some authentic Brazilian craft

Places to eat
Many of the city’s worthy restaurants are tucked away in residential lanes, away from tourist attractions. One of the top restaurants in the city, Aquavit offers a rotating menu of culinary masterpieces and incredible views over the Lago Paranoa. Lagash defines simplicity at its best, where plain local ingredients are mixed together to create culinary art. Nossa Cozinha Bistro is an outstanding bistro that excels in gourmet treats like pork ribs with chocolate.

Places to stay
Try the centrally located Brasilia Palace Hotel or the 3 star Mercure Apartments Brasilia Lider. (Tariff: INR 6000 onwards.) If you're on a tight budget then Brasilia has many stay options for you. You could try the Buriti Plaza Hotel or the Candango Aero Hotel , which is about 10 km from downtown. (Tariff: INR 2900 onwards.)
The options close to the stadium include the Mercure Brasilia and Comfort Suites Brasilia (Tariff: INR 6500 onwards.)

Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, also known as Beaga, has an incredible urban vibe. Its immense natural beauty and splendid view of the mountains make it one of the most attractive cities in Brazil. An evening stroll in Savassi, the delectable food at restaurants in Lourdes and weekly street fair at Palacio das Artes, makes Belo Horizonte an extremely welcoming city and perfect to enjoy FIFA 2014 with family.

Photo by Serra do Curral

Getting there and around
There are many direct flights to the Tancredo Neves International Airport, which is 37 km from the city centre of Belo Horizonte.
Within the city, buses and car rentals are the best way to get around.

Things to do
Head to Pampulha to visit Belo Horizonte’s cultural landmarks, including the eye-catching Church of Saint Francis of Assisi designed by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, Museu De Arte da Pampulha and Parque Municipal is an ideal place for kids to play.

Places to eat
The beautiful city of Belo Horizonte offers fabulous mineira cuisine or Brazilian home-style cooking, that is influenced by African, aboriginal and Portuguese cultures. The regional dishes are chicken and quiabo, tutu de feijão (meat and beans stew), roast pumpkin and fish croquettes.Enjoy a picnic lunch of traditional mineira dishes under a thatched roof at Xapuri. Cafe com Letras is a bookstore-cafe, that is a must visit for jazz lovers. Casa Cheia (Full House) lives up to its name; you will always find long queues waiting outside.

Places to stay
Belo Horizonte has many stay options especially those that are friendly on your pocket. Free WiFi, clean sheet and good accessibility to the city are just some features offered. The Ambassy Hotel and the Promenade Pancetti are good options. The latter also has a lavish swimming pool. (Tariff: INR 3500 onwards.)

Hotel São Salvador is probably the most reasonable option you will get, while the Amazonas Palace Hotel is also a good choice offering all basic amenities including an in house restaurant and bar. (Tariff: INR 4000 onwards.)
If you are looking for a hotel close to the stadium, then The Mercure Belo Horizonte Lifecenter Hotel is your best bet. (Tariff: INR 6500 onwards.)

Brazil for sure has so much for everybody. While you cheer for your favourite team there are many other things that you can do at FIFA 2014 with family.
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