Along the seafront is where much of the excitement can be found in Rio, meaning that the beachside districts of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are among the most popular places to search for accommodation. The hilltop district of Santa Teresa is another firm favourite among visitors, with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. Streets here can be pretty steep though! Botafogo is close to the famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and has it’s own beautiful lagoon beach, which is often a little quieter than Ipanema/Copacabana, though without the waves. Further from the coastline, the city sprawls out across the bay. The residential district of Tijuca is much less touristy, a good place to see how the locals live, and accommodation here is generally cheaper than on the beachfront. Visitors looking for a more peaceful place to stay could consider Niterói, a city of old forts and world class museums, a short ferry ride across Guanabara Bay from central Rio.