Highlights and main attractions of Buzios
Famously visited by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s when it was little more than a picturesque colonial fishing village, Buzios has since transformed into a chic resort with the sophisticated air of a French Riviera resort like St Tropez. Its real charms lie the colonial houses, many beautiful beaches and bays spread over the peninsula, cobbled streets like Rua das Pedras that are peppered with boutiques and restaurants, and the old fishing boats that punctuate the waters along the main promenade.
At the north-eastern end of the Rio de Janeiro state, Buzios is just two hours from Rio de Janeiro city, so it’s great if you fancy a more sedate pace away from the state capital and the two can be easily combined into one itinerary. Set on a peninsula between the Atlantic and the coastal maritime currents, it enjoys a good year-round climate, although it is known to be busy during summer months when the Cariocas from Rio use it as a weekend retreat.
Its natural setting means there are many interesting coastal walks and beaches to explore.