The hotels in the young and well-planned city of Brasilia are divided into 3 main sectors, all of which enjoy easy access to the wealth of leisure and business centres. The North Sector and the South Sector are strategically located either side of the Eixo Monumental, a few minutes west of Three Powers Square. The Tourism Sector, in the scenic, lakeside Alvorada district is just a few minutes east of the Three Powers Square.
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Brasilia is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring large open lawned spaces, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the expansive Paranoa Lake, which is popular for watersports. Famous structures include the National Stadium of Brasilia, the National Congress and Palace of Alvorada, Television Tower and; the iconic Brasilia Cathedral, the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge and, numerous other works of the famous Oscar Niemeyer.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Brasilia Reviews
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There are no beaches within easy reach of Brasilia but there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. At the City Park you can go swimming, cycling, jogging and skating. At the Paranoa Lake you can take a boat trip and enjoy water-sports such as windsurfing and wakeboarding.
Things to Do
Fun days out for all the family are the Brasilia Bay Park (water park) and Brasilia Zoo.
Brasilia is home to several masterpieces designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer including the iconic Cathedral of Brasilia, which resembles a circle of columns and incorporates a blend of modern and traditional materials; the Television Tower and Observation Deck, the half-sphere shaped buildings of the Senate and Federal Chambers, the Alvorada Palace and the Itamaraty Palace, which sits in front of a beautiful water garden. Most of these buildings are located along the Monumental Axis, which adjoins the hotel district.
Out and About
Modernistic architecture, striking monuments and large open spaces provide plenty of sight-seeing attractions and things to do in Brasilia. Just desert land until the late 1950's, there are no ancient buildings, but you can learn of the city's history at the Historical Museum of Brasilia which is next to the famous Three Powers Square.
On the outskirts of the city, the Brasilia National Park is home to a wealth of plants and wildlife and you can follow walking trails through the woodlands and bathe at the mineral springs.
On the other side of the city the Brasilia Botanical Gardens are ideal for enjoying a picnic in the landscaped grounds, designed by Burle Marx.
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