With the much anticipated premiere of Twilight Breaking Dawn hitting cinema screens next Friday 18 November, Twilight mania has seen flight, hotel and holiday searches to the film’s honeymoon destination, Rio de Janeiro, increase by 29% on lastminute.com, compared to the same time last year. The trend emerges as fans try to follow in the footsteps of Edward and Bella on their honeymoon.
Leading online leisure and travel retailer, lastminute.com has seen a boost in searches to Rio since the beginning of the month as well as an increase of 49% for hotel searches to Stratford, compared to this time last year, as Twi-hards prepare to stay close by and grab a piece of the action at the premiere location.
Eva Bojtos from lastminute.com UK and Ireland comments, “Rio de Janiero is a vibrant, exotic and idealistic destination. With the nickname ‘Marvellous city’ and with temperatures currently averaging 25 degrees, it’s no surprise that thousands of Twi-hards may be looking to re-create the Twilight honeymoon.”
To give Twilight fans a treat, lastminute.com reveals its top picks in Brazil’s ‘marvellous city’, Rio de Janeiro:
Rio’s most iconic landmark, Cristo Redento
Located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca National Park, this iconic symbol of Christianity and the second largest Art Deco statue in the world overlooks and protects the residents of Rio de Janeiro.
Sleep under the watchful eye of the messiah at Rio Othon Palace, located in at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain with views of one of the world’s most famous shorelines. Rooms start from £161 per night and are based on two adults sharing. To book visit www.lastminute.com
Top up your tan on Copacabana Beach
Famed the world over for its 4km white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and surf reefs, Copacabana Beach is located in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro and renowned for being the liveliest beach in Brazil. This is a must visit hot spot for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the Brazilian way of life.
Make sure you’re right in the middle of all the action and stay at the five-star Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, located on Copacabana beach front. Rooms start from £273 per night and are based on two adults sharing. To book visit www.lastminute.com
Head to Pão de Açucar for a panoramic view of Rio
Sugarloaf Mountain or Pão de Açucar in Portuguese rises 396 metres above Guanabara Bay harbour and is one of the most visited attractions in Rio. Take a ride on Sugar Loaf’s world famous glass cable cars and enjoy the wonderful view of Rio de Janerio and Copacabana beach as you ascend to the mountains peak.
Located just six miles away from Sugar Loaf Mountain, The Premier Copacabana Hotel is the perfect hotel for visitors looking for accommodation that’s within easy reach of Rio’s famous attractions. Rooms start from £134 per night and are based on two adults sharing. To book visit www.lastminute.com
Watch the beautiful game at Rio’s Estádio do Maracanã
Football and Brazil go hand in hand – as the home of the world’s most infamous football team and birthplace of some of the most legendary players the game has ever seen, a trip to the Estadio do Maracaniã is a must for all visitors. Brazilian’s describe a derby match between local Rio teams Flamengo and Fluminense as indelible a Rio experience as carnival.