Rio de Janeiro is famous all over for the proudly standing iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer along with the relaxing beach life. However, if you are travelling in the winter (June to September), it is best to check out some places outside the main city of Rio to learn more about their local culture. During a long holiday to Rio, you must head on over to Itaipava where you will get to see attractions and taste a lot of food.
Nicknamed as ‘The Culinary Hub’, and located in Rio’s mountains, Itaipava is approximately 2 hours away from rio de Janeiro and is a great destination for a weekend getaway or for a quiet holiday. This town is famed for all types of cuisines made with high standards, and includes French, Portuguese, Italian and even French dishes! You can check out restaurants and bistros like Parro do Valentim, Camarao em Penca as well as Chateaux des Montagnes.
And if you have had enough food to eat, a must-visit attraction in the town is Castelo do Barao. Also called as the Baron’s Castle the building was erected in the 1920s and gives off a Middle Age Fairytale vibe. This architectural marvel is also a popular venue to host weddings, parties and even Brazilian soap-operas. Shopping is also quite popular in the tourist hotspot with four malls showcasing artefacts, homemade products and souvenirs specific to this town.
In short, Itaipava is anything but a sleepy town and has a lot of sightseeing, accommodation and eating spots. What better way to spend some time in Brazil than indulging in the finest, the city has to offer! You can rent a car or try a bus from Rio city and get set to explore!