This summer will be the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

When Rio won the bid to host both the final match of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, it was common to hear Cariocas joke: “if 2014 and 2016 will be party years, let’s just add 2015 to the list and make it a three-year holiday”. Now that tells us a lot not only about the enchanting informality and cheerfulness of Rio residents, but also about how 2015 will be a haven of peace between two quite busy years. That means you’ll be able to enjoy your luxury rental in Rio to the fullest. But that’s not the only reason why this this summer will be the best time to visit Rio. We’ve actually identified five of them. Check it out:

1. 2015: the calm before the storm

Last year’s “Cup of all Cups”, as Brazilians quite proudly proclaimed it, proved to anyone who still doubted it that Brazilians know best when it comes to hosting parties. And Cariocas (people from Rio de Janeiro), with their characteristic liveliness and friendliness, are definitely even more so. Yet while the 2016 Summer Olympics will be awesome and memorable enough, if you’d rather get to know the Marvelous City without sharing it with 2 million other tourists, 2015 will be the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro. Interest in Rio grew by 49% in 2014 when compared to the previous year, and it won’t be different in 2016.

You should also bear in mind air tickets will be cheaper than last and next years’ fares, especially during the winter months, which correspond to summertime in the northern hemisphere and are the times of the year when sports international events are traditionally held. Coming to Rio between June and July 2015 is therefore an opportunity you cannot miss, as the air tickets during these two months in 2014 were 28% more expensive than in May and August.

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Ipanema and Leblon as seen from Arpoador

2. Rio 450

It’s important to note that when we say Rio will be calm in 2015, this does not mean dead. Quite the opposite in fact! Luckily for those who love history and culture, Rio turned 450 years old on March 1, so a lot of events related to the anniversary are being held throughout the year. You can check the official calendar of events (in Portuguese), but highlights include

  • A free exhibition on Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) from January 28 to March 30;
  • The dedication of Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow), located in the city center and designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, and of the brand new Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Image and Sound) building in Copacabana later this year;
  • Domingo no Parque (Sunday at the Park) at stunning Parque Lage, from March to September, with many cool concerts and interactive art performances, a favorite among the chic Cariocas.
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Parque Lage

3. Experience the city like a local

Whether you choose trendy Ipanema and Leblon, old-school Copacabana, or peaceful Jardim Botânico, the perfect way to understand what being a Carioca actually means is renting a luxury Rio apartment in the best areas of town. Not only will you be able to have a face-to-face contact with residents, but you’ll also receive all the attention you need from our team available 24/7. All the conveniences of a hotel but in the privacy of your own home. Make some friends and invite them to rooftop cocktails in your private Ipanema Penthouse.

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Beautiful Ipanema Penthouse

4. Rock(ing) in Rio

This energetic 450-year-old city is no pensioner. Still young, fresh, and rebellious, this year Rio de Janeiro will host the legendary rock festival Rock in Rio in Barra da Tijuca. Artists from Queen, Iron Maiden, Coldplay, Guns’n’Roses, Bruce Springsteen, and Rihanna have played since this now eclectic festival debuted in 1985, and a bunch of surprises are expected for its 30th anniversary this year. Find out more here.

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Rock in Rio 2013

5. Get a taste of haute cuisine

Rio’s dining scene gets more refined and cosmopolitan each year, as proved by the ever growing presence of world-renowned chefs opening some of the best restaurants in Latin America. This is the definitive reason to visit Rio for all you food enthusiasts out there. From October 2015 Rio will host a local version of yearly World Hospitality & Food Service Event (Sirha Rio de Janeiro). During this celebration of all things culinary, notable contests such as Bocuse d’Or (World Cooking Contest) and Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (International pastry contest) will be held as well.

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Oro dishes

And that’s not even mentioning the year-round sunshine, stunning stretches of beach, 365 day-a-year carnival energy, and the endless small events happening every weekend. You would be crazy to miss visiting Rio de Janeiro in 2015. So what are you waiting for? Reserve your Rio de Janeiro apartment, book that airline ticket, grab your havaianas & your suncream and see you here!

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