Curitiba is regarded as a model city, both in terms of planning and organisation. The most populous city in southern Brazil, with some 1.8m residents, Curitiba’s booming economy ensures a good standard of living. The city is prized for its green parks and cultural attractions including the Botanical Garden and the Barigui. The World Cup rolls into town on 16th June when Iran face Nigeria. Then, four days later, it’s Honduras v Ecuador. Australia take on Spain on 23rd, with the group fixtures completed by Algeria’s match against Russia on 26th.
World Cup accommodation in Curitiba is reasonably priced, with a range of condos and furnished apartments available. One of the city’s most coveted neighbourhoods is Santa Felicidade, replete with charming Italian cantinas; elsewhere you’ll find large houses equipped with swimming pools and access to football pitches and lakes that are ideal for fishing.
There are various leisure activities that one can try during a holiday in Curitiba. Some, such as cycling and walking, can be done without specific memberships of clubs, whilst others, such as visiting a gym or swimming pool, may require a membership. The nearest beach is found at just under two hours’ drive away, and here swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, windsurfing and more can all be enjoyed in a great setting.
The city itself has a number of places of interest that can be visited, and to this end, the self catering accommodation in Curitiba makes a perfect base from which to take day trips. The historic old section of the city is of particular interest to those who are interested in the colonial influence on architecture and planning styles, whilst the botanical gardens contain many species and exhibitions. Moving out from the city, one of the most popular day trips is to take the scenic train ride to the coastal town of Morretes. The train affords unforgettable views of the rainforest, and is often one of the reasons that people visit Curitiba in the first place.
Although Brazil is a tropical country, the area surrounding the holiday rental apartment in Curitiba can be surprisingly chilly at times, especially during the winter months. Between June and September, average day time lows of 8 degrees Celsius are not uncommon, although this is balanced by slightly lower rainfall. Between October and April, the average day time highs are 21 degrees or more, and for many, this is the best time of year to make a visit.
The nearest airport to the self catering accommodation in Curitiba is Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB). Although nearly a dozen airlines fly in and out of here, it unfortunately offers no direct connection to airports in the UK. It is suggested that residents of the UK instead fly into Rio de Janeiro (GIG) first, and then catch an onwards flight from there. Car hire is available in Curitiba for those that want it, but the city has one of the most enviable public transport systems in the world, so it is not strictly necessary.