It’s nearly that time again… annual leave is being booked, replica shirts are being dusted off, comedy wigs in team colours are being purchased, a hundred novelty singles are being pressed and a million fingers are being crossed. Yes, the twentieth FIFA World Cup is fast approaching, and this time it is being hosted by one of the greatest footballing nations on earth!
A World Cup hosted in Brazil is a (soccer) match made in heaven. Brazil has taken home more championships, won more games, and scored more goals than any other team ever in the history of the World Cup, and are no doubt looking forward to their home advantage - host countries have won the Cup six times, and a South American team has always won a cup held on that continent! For the 600,000 fans lucky enough to be making the pilgrimage to South America this summer, it is gearing up to be one of the greatest tournaments in football history.
Book your Brazil World Cup Late Rooms With Wimdu
The games will be taking place in twelve stadiums, spread across Brazil, so booking short-term accommodation will initially be a case of checking fixtures and making sure you are in the right city to watch your team! Despite scare stories, late rooms are still available for last minute bookings. Wimdu still has a range of accommodation available, from city centre apartments in São Paulo to family villas with swimming pools in suburban Manaus or Belo Horizonte.
Brazil is the largest, richest and most populated country in South America and shares borders with all the others, apart from Chile and Ecuador. Although Portuguese is the common language of the whole country, Brazilian culture is incredibly diverse, ranging from indigenous tribes through to modern super cities such as Rio and São Paulo. However different the people are as you travel through this beautiful country, some things remain the same, and the Brazilian love of samba, football, barbecue and fun is universal.
Where To Stay In Brazil
The cities of the 2014 World Cup are spread right across the country, and each has their own unique character, reflected in the apartments and villas available. England’s first stage games will be held in Manaus, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo and Wimdu has last minute world cup accommodation available in all three spots.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio’s heady mix of lush mountains, gorgeous beaches and buzzing nightlife will leave you breathless. Spend your days people watching from shady pavement cafes and your evenings following the seductive sounds of samba through the city. As the largest host city, it is here that you’ll find the most extensive World Cup accommodation.
A totally different city to ancient Rio, Brasilia was only formally inaugurated in 1960, and its modernist architecture has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. The city is designed in the shape of a giant bird, with different zones assigned to different functions (housing, hospitals, commerce etc) and while it might not have the cultural depth of Rio, Brazil’s capital is still a fascinating city to explore, and much loved by its inhabitants.
The largest city in Brazil and one of the richest in the southern hemisphere, has all the bells and whistles to entertain its visitors. Great nightlife, inspiring contemporary architecture and famously good restaurants. It is often ignored in favour of Rio, but a little time spent exploring will pay dividends.
Within Brazil, Fortaleza is the most popular package tour destination, and it is about time that Europe caught up! It is a large and vibrant city, with real character - check out some of the local forró music and dancing.
This is one of the greatest footballing cities in Brazil, and the most important decision to make when arriving is “Atletico Mineiro or Cruzeiro?” However, even if you are not a football fan, this large, green and beautiful city has a lot to offer. Book an apartment here to watch England on their way to their World Cup dreams!
The gorgeous Old Town area of Salvador is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and that, combined with the famously exciting culture (some of the most famous names in twentieth century Brazilian music hail from Salvador) and some dramatic landscape - including a 100m cliff that divides the city into two - make it a great destination for a visit.
Porto Alegre is one of the richest cities in Brazil and has the highest literacy rate in the country - it is known as the book capital of Brazil. It has a fascinating history and Rio Grande do Sul, which is the area that Porto Alegre is the capital of, revolted against Brazil in 1835, declaring itself independent. While it is now safely back in the fold, that spirit lives on and makes it a lively place to rent an apartment during the World Cup.
Originally settled by the Dutch, this is a chilled out city with some lovely beaches and a pretty Old Town to explore. Due to the number of waterways, it is known as Veneza Brasileira - the Brazilian Venice.
This town of half a million inhabitants is a modern and bustling place, though it still has a nostalgic fondness for its geographical setting in the middle of Brazil’s cattle country. You can get a good pair of cowboy boots here!
Great beaches, a calm atmosphere, beautiful weather and a history stretching back to the late 1500s make Natal a great place to visit. Many rich Brazilians have their second homes in or around the city.
The Old City is worth a look, but most people visit Curitiba en route to the famous Iguacu Falls. For football fans there is still World Cup accommodation available here.
England’s first World Cup game will take place at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, but there is lots to entertain you before and after the match! Manaus is on the edge of the rainforest, and you can take a trip 100km from the city to see virgin rainforest - check that your tour operator is reputable, however. There are still apartments and late rooms available to rent here, despite how close we are getting to the World Cup. Book now!