Route through downtown beaches
Internationally known resort, Búzios is one of the most famous cities in the Lakes Region.
Trendy place and visited by tourists from both Brazil and the world, this city has the most exquisite and most expensive attractions in the region.
Famous clothing brands, international nightclubs and the famous Rua das Pedras, make up the refined center of Búzios.
The famous Orla Bardot is the symbol of this internationality. The French Actress who names this shore put the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro on the map.
A little bit of history:
The dream of the man who claimed to be more popular than Jesus Christ was to meet her. In January 1964, when touring Paris with the greatest rock band of all time, he asked for a meeting to be scheduled between the two. However, she spent a vacation in a small fishing village, very far away. Thus, 50 years ago, Búzios caused the mismatch between Brigitte Bardot and John Lennon and became known as BB’s secret paradise, the muse’s beginnings.
Despite provoking the frustration of a beatle, the passage of the great star of the world cinema of that period in Búzios completely changed life in the resort. Suddenly, the quiet and unknown fishing village, which was the third district of Cabo Frio, began to illustrate the covers of newspapers and magazines from around the world.
Had it not been for Brigitte, Búzios would not have received so many foreigners, who came to live here and ended up contributing to economic development and local culture and architecture. Today Búzios is the fifth most sought after destination by tourists in Brazil, and she has great responsibility in this – recognizable Mayor André Granado.
she arrived in Brazil to spend holidays with her Moroccan-Brazilian boyfriend Bob Zagury on January 7, 64. After spending a few days being chased by the press in Rio, Brigitte boarded a van and came looking for refuge in Búzios for the first time in January 13, accompanied by Bob. Here, she stayed in a house in Praia de Manguinhos, which belonged to André Mourasieff, then representative of the United Nations in Brazil and friend of Bob.
In the beginning of 64, Bardot found in Búzios the tranquility that he was looking for and lived those four months boating and enjoying mainly the beaches of Manguinhos and João Fernandes.
After spending 65 years at the resort, Brigitte Bardot left Buzios and never came back. The mayor of Cabo Frio at the time, Antônio de Macedo Castro, still granted the actress an honorary citizen title and land on João Fernandes Beach, but the star never received the gifts.
Even without having returned to Búzios, there is a little piece of the city in which it was perpetuated: Orla Bardot, which in addition to bearing its name, houses its statue, inspired by the photo of Denis Albanese, who was a friend of Zagury and spent a day following the muse that summer. The sculpture became an icon, which attracts all kinds of people willing to eternalize their image alongside the actress.
For the author of the work, the sculptor Christina Motta, much more than the representation of a movie star, that is Brigitte de Búzios.
Walking in Búzios is like being in a spa where the official language is Spanish. This city is “invaded” year by year by its most frequent tourists, the Argentines.
Walking on one of the beaches in this city, I heard from an attendant on the beach the following phrase: “first we answer in Spanish, then English and lastly I speak Portuguese.”. He told me that when he approached me with a “Hola, how’s that?”
Walking through Búzios is a pleasure, as the houses and the scenery of the streets and local architecture are beautiful.
A city that until 15 years ago belonged to the municipality of Cabo Frio, managed to develop its national and international tourism and make its streets real paintings.
Within this scenario, I built a walking tour through the center and its beaches, and I tried to take a little advantage of each local aspect to show you the city’s beauties.
Let’s go to the script!
Leaving Cabo Frio, my home city, we arrived in Búzios almost at lunchtime, around 11 am. Our route between cities was made by public transport, bus.
We disembarked on one of the avenues near Rua da Pedra and Orla Bardot, on Estrada da Usina Velha to be more precise. We continue along Rua Manoel José Carvalho until close to Mcdonalds in the region. We walk along Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, the street that at a certain point “turns” into Rua das Pedras. In this perimeter the tourist finds many shops and bars, that’s also where the famous Chez Michou de Búzios is.
Rua das Pedras “starts” at the corner with Rua Germiniano José Luís and goes to the pier where the boats / sloops leave.
Well, we walked to this point and there I had already taken many pictures.
We continue the path along Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas until we reach Orla Brigitte Bardot, where we find the statue of the French actress. We follow the same avenue, which is by the sea, until it makes a slight turn to the right and go up towards the entrance to Praia dos Ossos.
When we arrived at the corner with Travessa Cassiano Rodrigues, a street with a gate that leads to the beach, we entered it. From there we left at Praia dos Ossos , the first beach in the downtown circuit.
From this beach, sea taxis leave for the beaches of Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes and João Fernandinho. But it was not our intention to follow the sea, but to walk.
We continued our route and, following the flow of people and the small street, in a few minutes we were already close to the entrance to Praia da Azeda and Azedinha .
The Azeda beach, with calm and transparent waters, is accessible by a cobbled street and a wooden staircase from Praia dos Ossos. A nice alternative is to take an aqua-taxi at Praia dos Ossos and take a quick and beautiful ride on the way.
In the right corner, a short and easy path near the rocks leads to Azedinha beach – it is so small, it can be explored in about 40 steps.
Included among the most beautiful beaches in Brazil – surrounded by rock walls and abundant vegetation -, Azeda and Azedinha became Environmental Protection Areas and all the kiosks and bars were removed from the sand. There are only makeshift boats that serve drinks and rent chairs and umbrellas.
In summer and on holidays the tip is to arrive early – in the afternoon the movement is great and it is difficult to get a place on the small strip of sand. ( Source)
At the fork, going straight, we would go to Azeda and, turning right, we would find the street that gives access to João Fernandes.
We went straight, because the second stop would be Azeda and Azedinha!
The entrance to these beaches has a beautiful wooden staircase.
Access is calm and the water on the beaches is as calm as a lagoon. The sand is short and the beaches are very small.
We stayed there for a few minutes, time for a swim and a little rest and we headed towards the third destination: João Fernandes Beach and João Fernandinho .
The path between these beaches is made by a “shortcut” street. We had to go back a bit to the fork I mentioned and go to the next destination.
We walked along this “shortcut” and arrived at Rua João Fernandes. There you will already find a very busy road full of hotels and restaurants.
Walking another 5 minutes we reach the beaches, our final destination on this beach circuit in the center of Búzios.
Surrounded by inns, hotels and luxury condominiums, the beach has calm waters perfect for kayaking, as well as cliffs for snorkeling. It is not by chance that it is a mandatory stop for schooner tours.
The beach is one of the favorites of foreign tourists – especially Argentines – who find there a good infrastructure of bars and restaurants serving snacks and dishes based on lobsters and shrimp. Kiosks are located on a plateau, but they tend to spread tables and chairs on the sand – which is prohibited.
If you prefer to escape the hustle and bustle that usually takes care of the environment, walk to the right corner, a little more quiet. ( Source)
At João Fernandes Beach, we also took advantage of a short rest, a swim in the sea and some beautiful photos.
On this autumn day, we enjoy an empty and quiet city, an option that is not very common in high season.
The sun was great and the day was clean! Perfect for many great photos.
Our return was on Rua João Fernandes until, again, Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas. We stop there for a quick lunch and then head to Rua das Pedras, then close the circuit on foot through the center of Búzios.
We returned to Cabo Frio, again, by bus and closed the day!
Check our route through this map below and the Google maps link :
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