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Niterói Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 86 photos

Just Across the Guanabara Bay from Rio

Nicknamed Cidade Sorriso (the Smile City), Niterói is just a short ride from downtown Rio across the Guanabara Bay. The city was founded in 1573 and was until 1975 the capital of the old state of Guanabara. To reach Niterói from Rio, there are two options: taking a ferry, or driving through the famous, 13 km long bridge, Ponte Rio-Niterói that connects the two cities.

Though lacking the splendour of the city of Rio, Niterói, with a population of half a million, has a busy commercial centre, an important museum, one of the state's most beautiful beaches, Itacoatiara, and lively nightlife - well worth a visit, as it's also the gateway to the Costa do Sol to the east. The city's main attraction is certainly the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art), designed by the famous Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.

  • Last visit to Niterói: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 28, 2008
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    That for sure looks like a unic building. Great to have not only the art to admire inside it but also the views towards Rio.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Haha, it looks indeed like a spaceship of some aliens :-) Good old Niemeyer... But if you say it is excellent, it is excellent :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Impressive museum!

  • SapineKuu's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Wow! what an amazing piece of architecture. It looks like it just landed for out of space;)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:49 AM

    i really like niteroi. i like to go there whenever i need a break from the hustle and bustle of rio de janeiro.

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