Escape to Niteroi

If you drive over the long, long bridge - or take the ferry from Praca XV - you will arrive in Niteroi. It is still technically Rio, but it has a completely different energy. Relaxed, calm and easy-going. And if you know where to go you can find some beautiful beaches with wonderfully roaring waves and blue water - actually blue!

Of particular note is the contemporary art museum designed by Oscar Niemeyer - the guy who was also responsible for designing the plan for Brasilia - the capital of Brasil - which is now a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site.

And from the beaches of Niteroi one can see the whole glorious city of Rio de Janeiro.