We’re continuing on our journey through Brazil to learn more about the host cities for the World Cup. Each stadium has its own unique design, purpose and history so in addition to experiencing the cities; you’ll be able to get a firsthand look at the architecture and incredible amount of work that has gone into creating a World-Cup-ready country. Check out the next four cities on our list, from Belo Horizonte, where culture comes alive, to Porto Alegre, where a strong gaucho community persists.
Another big player in the World Cup Salvador’s stadium Arena Fonte Nova will host six World Cup matches, including a quarter-final match. The stadium was completely rebuilt back in 2007 and with the help of public transportation it’s very easy to get to, is within walking distance of the city’s main bus terminal and its famous old town. Speaking of the old town, take a second to explore the city in between matches and you’ll find that Salvador is a pretty trendy spot. Located along the Atlantic Coast, there always seems to be a party going on and you can expect the parties to get bigger and more extravagant as the games approach and begin.
Estadio Mineirão has undergone a serious facelift in the years leading up to the World Cup and every effort was worth it. A beautiful example of architecture meeting art, this stadium has been listed as a national monument and can host up to 67,000 spectators. As for the city, a majority of the action is close to the downtown/Savassi area where famous bars and restaurants abound. Tourists may skip over this town, but there is plenty to do in downtown areas like exploring the Mercado Central, strolling through the trendy Lourdes and Savassi neighbourhoods and catching a concert at the Palacio das Artes.
This is yet another host city that has created a brand new stadium for the World Cup. The stadium, nicknamed “The Big Green” holds 43,000 people and was constructed with an eye towards sustainability and environmentalist ideals. Cuiabá is a former gold rush mining town that dates all the way back to the 1700s. Located right on the edge of the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon, it acts as a perfect place to start your wildlife adventures while located in Chapada dos Guimaraes mountain range. It’s a stunning national park that is home to almost 50 archaeological sites full of cave paintings and fossils.
Porto Alegre’s stadium Estadio Beira-Rio is the furthest south of the host stadiums and it sits near a massive freshwater lagoon called Lagoa dos Patos, or “Lagoon of the Ducks.” For the World Cup the entire stadium has undergone extensive renovations to add a roof for spectators and athletes alike, add more parking spaces and create a lower tier of seating allowing spectators to sit even closer to the pitch. After the games, explore Porto Alegre for an authentic gaucho meal at a local churrascaria (steak house). In addition to delicious cuisine, the culture of Porto Alegre isn’t to be missed. There are quite a few new museums and art galleries that have opened up in recent years that deserve exploration.
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