The twelve world cup soccer host cities of Brazil present a concoction of beaches, cutting edge stadiums and interesting sites.
1) Brazil’s third largest city, Belo Horizonte, welcomes football supporters to EstadioMineirão against a backdrop of mountains and a metropolitan skyline.
2) Brasila, the capital of Brazil, is a World Heritage site with an immaculate layout and has the second-largest match venue, EstadioNacional, seating 70 000 fans.
3) Located close the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon, Cuiaba’s newly constructed Arena de Pantanal is nicknamed ‘The Big Green’ due the sustainable manner of its construction.
4) Pristine Curitiba is a tourist haven, with half-hourly buses to all the major sites; such as the Wire Opera House and Tingui Park, when you are not watching the games at Arena da Baixada.
5) Fortaleza is a great place to catch the matches, with gorgeous beaches, craft fairs, dance clubs and the 64 000-seater EstadioCastelao.
6) Located at the confluence of the Amazon and Negro rivers, Manaus is a great starting point for a tour of the Amazon between fixtures at Arena Amazonia.
7) Beautiful beaches and excellent weather are great attractions for footie fans attending the proceedings at Estadio das Dunas in Natal.
8) Porto Alegre city is located on the banks of the huge Lagoa dos Patos lagoon, and boasts a colourful arts and nightlife scene. Estadio Beira-Rio will host the matches.
9) Boa Viagem is the site of Brazil’s largest and most popular beaches and the site of the 46 000-seat Arena Pernambuco.
10) Rio de Janeiro needs no introduction and will host 7 matches at the massive Estadio do Maracana.
11) An African vibe and exciting nightlife await visitors to Salvador and the Arena Fonte Nova has been newly constructed for the World Cup.
12) São Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and features a wide range of attractions such as Latin America Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, IbirapueraPark, he Paulista Museum, and 62 different types of cuisine served at 12 000 restaurants. Arena de São Paulo is the venue for matches in this city.