Ranking of Top 10 Brazil Best Cities

Brazil is the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world. Famous for its football (soccer) tradition and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda. It is a country of great diversity, from the bustling urban mosaic of São Paulo to the infinite cultural energy of Alagoas, Pernambuco and Bahia, the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest and world-class landmarks such as the Iguaçu Falls, there is plenty to see and to do in Brazil. Following section of article contains Ranking of Top 10 Brazil Best Cities:

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10. Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is placed at tenth number on ranking of top 10 Brazil Best Cities. It is the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. Surrounded by mountains, the city’s known for the vast Mineirão Stadium. Built in 1965, the stadium also houses the Brazilian Football Museum. Nearby are Lake Pampulha and the Pampulha Architectural Complex, home to the wavy-topped Church of St. Francis of Assisi, designed by Brazil’s modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.

In the city center is tree-lined Liberty Square, surrounded by government buildings. Nearby, the Inimá de Paula Museum houses works by this Brazilian painter. Huge Central Market dates back to 1929, with many bars, restaurants and shops selling local cachaças spirits, crafts and produce. Nearby Station Square is home to the neoclassical Museum of Arts and Crafts, formerly a railway station. Mangabeiras Park has a lookout offering panoramic city views. Southwest of the city lies the Inhotim Institute, a vast museum and park with lakes and gardens, home to open-air exhibitions of contemporary art.

9. Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. On the main square, Praça Marechal Deodoro, is the Renaissance-style Metropolitan Cathedral, with religious murals on the outside. The neoclassical Piratini Palace houses the state government. The 19th-century São Pedro Theater is nearby. The city is known as a gateway to the tall canyons of Aparados da Serra National Park.
In town are several cultural centers, including the Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana in a grand former hotel. The Usina do Gasômetro is an arts and culture center in a disused thermoelectric plant. South American painting, sculpture and photography are on display at the Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. At the Public Market, stallholders sell food and crafts in a cavernous neoclassical hall. The Botanical Garden to the southeast contains the Museum of Natural Sciences, with exhibitions on the area’s plants and animals. Near the Guaíba River’s banks, the Estádio Beira-Rio and the Arena do Grêmio are modern sports arenas.

8. Brasilia

Brasília, inaugurated as Brazil’s capital in 1960, is a planned city distinguished by its white, modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Laid out in the shape of an airplane, its “fuselage” is the Monumental Axis, 2 wide avenues flanking a massive park. In the “cockpit” is Praça dos Três Poderes, named for the 3 branches of government surrounding it.
The iconic Congreso Nacional features 2 domed chambers split by twin towers. Facing the Supremo Tribunal Federal is Palácio do Planalto, the Brazilian presidential offices. Nearby is the Cathedral of Brasília, a crownlike structure with concrete ribs supporting stained glass. The adjacent, igloo-shaped Museu Nacional displays temporary art exhibits. The Brasília TV Tower offers panoramic views from its observation deck. Brasília’s “wings” hold numerous hotels, shops and restaurants. To the east, Paranoá Lake is popular for water sports, while cycle tracks criss-cross the 420-hectare Sarah Kubitschek municipal park.

7. Recife

Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, is distinguished by its many rivers, bridges, islets and peninsulas. Recife Antigo, on its own island by the harbor, is the historic old town center dating to the 16th century. To its south, popular Boa Viagem Beach is sheltered by reefs and lined by tall apartment blocks, modern hotels and restaurants.
Recife was founded by the Portuguese at a spot marked on Marco Zero plaza. Nearby, Rua do Bom Jesus is a cobbled street with colorful houses and Kahal Zur Israel, thought to be the first synagogue in the Americas. Cais do Sertão museum focuses on Northeast Brazil’s culture and semi-arid landscape. Dutch colonial influences can be found at the 1630 Cinco Pontas Fort and Ricardo Brennand Institute, which has a large collection of European artist Frans Post’s paintings. Oficina Brennand showcases Francisco Brennand’s abstract ceramic sculptures in an outdoor setting.

6. Fortaleza

Fortaleza is the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. It’s known for its beaches, which are punctuated by red cliffs, palm trees, dunes and lagoons. Fortaleza’s long-standing folkloric traditions are presented in dance performances at the art nouveau José de Alencar theater, open since 1910. Another architectural highlight is the neo-Gothic Catedral Metropolitana. Wold most beautiful beaches makes its one the Brazil best cities.
The popular beach neighborhood of Praia de Iracema hosts lively nightclubs, restaurants and the EMCETUR Tourism Center, a former 19th-century jail with craft shops in the cells, downstairs from the Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular. The Meireles neighborhood is known for its beach boulevard and nightly handicrafts market. The Dragão do Mar art and culture center features movie theaters and museums in a contemporary setting that contrasts with the 19th-century colonial buildings it neighbors. Inland, visitors can hike amid mangrove swamps at the sprawling Cocó Ecological Park on the Rio Cocó river.

5. Florianopolis

Florianópolis, the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, is made up mostly of 54km-long Santa Catarina Island. It’s famous for its beaches, including popular resort areas such as Praia dos Ingleses at the island’s northern tip. Its Lagoa da Conceição, a saltwater lagoon, is popular for windsurfing and boating. The Pedro Ivo Campos Bridge connects the island to a mainland commercial district.
Santa Catarina’s Atlantic-facing east coast has long sandy beaches like Praia da Joaquina, renowned for surfing as well as sandboarding on towering dunes. Pastel buildings fill the historic city center, including the 19th-century public market, with restaurants and food stalls. Nearby, the Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina is set in a former colonial governor’s palace. On the sheltered west coast is Ribeirão da Ilha, a fishing village known for its oysters and traditional Azorean homes. The southern tier forms part of the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park, with hiking trails through rainforest-covered hills.

4. Manaus

Manaus, on the banks of the Negro River in northwestern Brazil, is the capital of the vast state of Amazonas. It’s a major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. Just east of the city, the dark Negro River converges with the brown, muddy Solimões River resulting in a striking visual phenomenon called the “Meeting of the Waters.” The combined tributaries form the Amazon River.
The city’s late-19th-century rubber boom is explored in the exhibits of the Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso. The rubber boom’s legacy can also be seen in the ornate, European-style Teatro Amazonas opera house, grand Palácio Rio Negro cultural center and Mercado Adolpho Lisboa (the municipal market, inspired by Paris’ Les Halles). The large, central Parque do Mindú is home to endangered pied tamarin monkeys, viewable from treetop walkways. Elsewhere, upscale beachfront neighborhood Ponta Negra is popular for nightlife and entertainment. The Praia da Lua area offers a white-sand beach with fish and beer vendors.

3. Salvador

Salvador, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and a tropical coastline. The Pelourinho neighborhood is its historic heart, with cobblestone alleys opening onto large squares, colorful buildings and baroque churches such as São Francisco, featuring gilt woodwork. This makes it beautiful places on third position on ranking of top 10 Brazil best cities.
From Pelourinho, the Elevador Lacerda art deco elevator descends a cliff to the waterfront and the Mercado Modelo, a large crafts market. Beachside Rio Vermelho is the heart of the city’s restaurant and nightlife scene. At the tip of the peninsula, the Santo Antônio da Barra fort and its accompanying lighthouse and nautical museum overlook All Saints’ Bay. At street stalls all over Salvador, Baianas (women in traditional all-white outfits) sell acarajés and abarás, Afro-Brazilian dishes based on black-eyed peas. Carnaval time brings samba and axé music, massive street parties and parades.

2. Sao Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial center, is among the world’s most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. Its iconic buildings range from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554.
The ornate Theatro Municipal hosts symphonic and ballet productions. The Mercado Municipal features cafes and produce stalls in a 1930s building with stained-glass windows. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, a museum founded in 1905, showcases Brazilian art. South of downtown is Liberdade, a large Japanese cultural district. Bela Vista is home to an Italian community as well as the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, which exhibits international works in a modern glass structure. The Jardins neighborhood has designer boutiques and upmarket cafes. Ibirapuera Park contains green lawns, lakeside trails and art galleries.

1. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest. 
Sporting pursuits include volleyball on Ipanema Beach, surfing at Arpoador and paragliding from the lofty Pedra Bonita viewpoint. Sandy beaches stretch from Guanabara Bay to Barra in the west, all of them with cycle tracks and kiosks selling coconut water. Tijuca National Park features rainforest-covered mountains filled with waterfalls, hiking trails and toucans. Samba, forró and bossa nova bands perform in the bars of the Lapa area. Modern art is exhibited at Museu de Arte Moderna and Museu de Arte do Rio. Host of the 2016 Olympics, Rio is also home to iconic Maracanã Stadium. Therefore, city is on the peak in ranking of top 10 Brazil Best cities.