For Brits looking for a romantic winter getaway, Brazil is becoming an increasingly popular destination as Valentine’s Day approaches. As the Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur) reports, inbound travel to Brazil from Europe during the winter season is nearing pre-pandemic levels with over 1,280,000 flight bookings. In particular, for the month of February alone, around 5,000 Besotted Brits are expected to make the journey. With its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, Brazil offers a unique and exciting experience that is sure to provide couples with lasting memories of their romantic holiday.
Brazil offers a diverse range of activities and attractions that cater to every kind of couple. From exploring the rainforest of Amazonia or lounging on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there’s something for everyone in this breathtaking country.
For those looking for more traditional romantic activities, many cities offer horse-drawn carriage rides through historical districts while candlelit dinners on Copacabana Beach help create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience.
Moreover, Brazil also offers a variety of exclusive luxury resorts which feature private butlers and spas; perfect for creating a truly luxurious escape from everyday life.
Beyond its natural appeal and wealth of attractions, travelling to Brazil can also be incredibly inexpensive due to its favourable exchange rate against the Pound. This makes it easier for couples to enjoy all the country has to offer without breaking their budgets; plus with flights becoming more frequent between major airports in both countries, getting there has never been easier.
It’s no wonder why 12000 Brits travelled there for New Year’s Eve and another 39500 will be travelling across the first quarter of 2023; making it one of the most popular destinations among British couples looking for a romantic winter getaway this Valentine’s Day!
So, to help our fellow Brits navigate this wonderful country, the Brazilian Tourist Board has put together a list of the top places to explore with your loved one.
Close to Rio de Janeiro: Petrópolis
The state of Rio de Janeiro’s Petrópolis perfectly captures the ancient appeal that would lead visitors to assume they are in a fairytale. Petrópolis, a city with roots in Brazil’s imperial era, served as Dom Pedro II’s summer residence in the past. The Quintandinha Palace is a must-see: previously home to a casino, it is now a popular hotel, theatre, and museum all year round. The Imperial Museum displays the city’s heritage and was once where the emperor’s family resided during the summer.
Petrópolis, a lively city with everything you could desire yet at a slower pace for couples to enjoy, is just a short coach ride from Rio de Janeiro. When combined, rustic cuisine, romantic carriage rides, Gothic architecture, and imperial history make the ideal day trip from the state capital or a full week’s vacation.
Close to São Paulo: Campos do Jordão
Due to its natural surroundings, choice of top-notch restaurants, and proximity to the state capital, So Paulo, for visitors from abroad, Campos do Jordo, a city surrounded by the Araucaria forests in So Paulo State, has long been a favourite among lovers.
The best restaurants in this city include a fusion of Brazilian and European foods and all have a charming and welcoming atmosphere that is frequently enhanced by live music performances and a romantic candlelight ambience. Numerous tasting menus and wine pairings are available at the many restaurants available to couples, including Pontremoli, which is perched on a mountain’s edge and serves cuisine created by Chef Bernard Contipelli.
Campos do Jordo’s scenic surroundings make it a popular destination for Valentine’s Day vacations. It is a charming place for visitors to explore because the gardens surrounding the Felcia Leirner Museum are home to lovely flowers and wildlife that harmoniously coexist with the 350,000 square metres of creative sculptures and open space. Due to the city’s concentration on ecotourism, Campos do Jordo offers and actively encourages cycling, trekking, and tree-climbing for couples who are more daring. After admiring the expansive views from Brazil’s highest city, Morro do Elefante, perhaps a loved one will propose to you there?
Discovering new destinations: Gramado and Canela
Gramado and Canela, two nearby towns in the Serra Gacha, are the ideal locations for a romantic trip. Canela is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in southern Brazil. Parque do Caracol, where you can witness waterfalls over 130 metres high and a viewpoint at 27 metres high from where you can take in the panoramic view, is one of the most popular locations in the city.
Canela lies seven kilometres from the city of Gramado. Among the attractions, you may stroll through the Le Jardin Park, which is home to a variety of rare lavender species, or along the Garden of Love, which features more than 30 scenes that depict the history of love. Additionally, you can plan a romantic picnic in Olivas Park or along the Lago Negro’s shores, where the trees were brought over from the German Black Forest.
Escape To The Coast: Japaratinga
Japaratinga is a stunning coastal city, filled with unique characteristics and unparalleled beauty, from the most bustling to the remotest areas. The magnificent city offers five stunning beaches with tranquil and serene waves, as well as crystal white sands that can be seen along the shoreline and are complemented by an array of lush coconut palms. These beaches provide the perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquillity in a virtually empty setting.
Not only does Japaratinga have these stunning beaches, but it also boasts a host of other activities that make it an ideal holiday destination for visitors looking for something different. From water sports such as kayaking, snorkelling, and scuba diving, to traditional fishing trips that take you out into the ocean for a closer look at some of Brazil’s abundant marine life; there is something here for everyone. Visitors can even spend time exploring the area’s rich history through tours that highlight important landmarks from its past. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore during your visit to Japaratinga, it is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
Hidden Jewel: Ilha do Mel
Ilha do Mel, a hidden gem in Brazil’s vast landscape is one of the most breathtaking paradises this world has to offer. It is more than just a pristine paradise; it is also included in Brazil’s Historical Heritage. Couples flock to this enchanting island for its wide array of picturesque beaches, offering an unparalleled experience. The beaches of Ilha do Mel come in all shapes and sizes, each one is even more impressive than the next! With thirty unique beaches, there is something for everyone: from calm lagoons perfect for swimming and snorkelling to wild rocky coves ideal for surfing and kite surfing. Furthermore, some of these beaches are home to interesting species of marine life that can only be found on this island.
Finally, no trip to Ilha do Mel would be complete without visiting its many quaint towns and villages that are scattered across the island. Here visitors can take part in a number of activities such as crafts workshops or enjoy traditional cuisine made with ingredients harvested locally. All these make Ilha do Mel the idyllic destination couples have been dreaming about!