The most fashionable and well-known part of downtown Rio is Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, which is surrounded on one side by four kilometres of white sand and breaking waves. A large promenade, laid in black and white mosaic in an undulating pattern reminiscent of streets in Lisbon, Portugal, separates the beach from the buildings and traffic.
It’s not only for show at the beach. When the weather is nice, it’s also a popular playground with sunbathers, swimmers, and kids making sand castles. Restaurants, sophisticated stores, cafés, and stunning historic structures from the days when Rio was Brazil’s capital can be found on the streets here.
One of these, the well-known Copacabana Palace, is a national monument. You might readily envision seeing royalty and movie stars who have stayed here in the lobby.