What to do and see in Niteroi, Brazil: The Best Places and Tips

November 3, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best top things to do in Niteroi, Brazil including Costao de Itacoatiara, Itacoatiara Beach, Parque da Cidade, Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress, Joao Caetano Municipal Theater, Sao Luis Fortress, Serra da Tiririca State Park, Camboinhas Beach, Sossego Beach, Museum of Contemporary Art.
Restaurants in Niteroi

1. Costao de Itacoatiara

Rua das Rosas 24, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24348-120, Brazil
Excellent
86%
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12%
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5 based on 449 reviews

Costao de Itacoatiara

Reviewed By CristianeMachado - St. Petersburg, Florida

Love the hike and the experience of looking at Itacoatiara beach from above! It is a hike that requires strength, good lungs and courage, as at times you have only the rock and your body to hang on to...Totally worth it! Going with friend is a fun adventure and by oneself is quite meditative. Prepare legs and your senses to get blown away...=)

2. Itacoatiara Beach

Avenida Beira Mar, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Itacoatiara Beach

Reviewed By Luiggi-Campany

Itacoatiara is actually in Niteroi,
a city next to Rio, crossing the “Ponte Rio Niteroi” bridge. This place is very preserved, beautiful, cool and surf point. It also has tracks to climb the stone hill on the left side of the beach. Indeed I recommend staying close to the left side. There is a small beach with no waves on the right side, but it is usually packed with people. If you are placed in Niteroi or planning to visit some of the city’s attractions go there and enjoy!

3. Parque da Cidade

Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 21 2610-3157
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Parque da Cidade

Reviewed By finesilver - denver

Great views here, back across the bay, able to see Sugar Loaf, Cristo and all the famous Rio peaks. Clear views, little haze, with views of the Niteroi bridge also.
This spot has some amenities and restrooms. This is also where lots of hang gliders take off, so there was a buzz from that activity today also.
I got some great photos there, be sure to check out the other reader photos to get a clear idea of what you will miss if you dont stop there, especially if you are on Niteroi for any reason.

4. Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress

Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-375, Brazil +55 21 2710 2354
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress

Reviewed By FunOnly - Calgary, Canada

Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress is located on the promontory at the harbor entrance to Rio de Janeiro. It was built in the 16th centaury and is a classic medieval fortress. The area is still an active military instillation so one has to be vetted by the military guards before being allowed to enter.

There is a very pleasant park located just outside of the fortress walls and there is no charge to park and enjoy the scenery. There are excellent views of Sugarloaf Mountain and downtown Rio.

The drive across the route 101 causeway to the fortress passes through the city of Niteroi with a very attractive route along the harbor. There are many brightly painted fishing boats at anchor along the route.
The flying saucer shaped Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum provides an excellent photo op along the way.
The trip to the Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress allows for a respite from the busy and crowded activity in downtown Rio.

5. Joao Caetano Municipal Theater

Rua Quinze de Novembro 35 | Centro, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24020-125, Brazil 2126201624
Excellent
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4.5 based on 348 reviews

Joao Caetano Municipal Theater

Reviewed By Jonas C - Brasil

This theater in Rio is only known as Teatro João Caetano. It's at Praça Tiradentes, not so far away from the famous Teatro Municipal. Both of them have totally different clientele. One is an Opera kind of theater, while the João Caetano offers popular affordable music Concerts and plays, usually from Tuesdays to Sundays. Its rich "brother" is almost always closed waiting for a ballet or for any highbrow event. The João Caetano is not eye-catching outside at all, the other is a must-see.Besides, it's at a square which works as a bus terminal. Go to the João Caetano if you want to be where the local population of Rio frequent.

6. Sao Luis Fortress

Alameda Marechal Pessoa Leal 265 | Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-255, Brazil (21) 36114205
Excellent
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Sao Luis Fortress

Reviewed By G S - Cabo Frio, RJ

This is one of several Military forts on either side of Guanabara Bay in Rio/Niteroi. It is a fascinating visit to take in all these forts. Sao Luiz, is just a gate and shell basically but the further up the mountain the better it gets. Antiquated artillery gun emplacements await you at the top! The sites on this tour are maintained by the military,m leave a donation if you can. At the Base where you enter, there is a nominal fee. Do go and see.

7. Serra da Tiririca State Park

Rua das Papoulas 299, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24348-290, Brazil 21-2709-9176
Excellent
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Serra da Tiririca State Park

Reviewed By Funnifal - Stuttgart, Germany

There are many different walks within the Serra da Tiririca, I just made 2 out of 11 but the views you get are just amazing. One easy walk starts at Itacoatiara Beach and takes you in 30 minutes up to the Costao de Itacoatiara. There are very few signs, but in fact you just have to walk up. There are some places where it becomes really steep and as usual in Brasil there is no help or safety catch. The view from the Costao is really amazing and after an exhausting walk you are rewarded with a wonderful view! I recommend it for everyone visiting Niterói!

8. Camboinhas Beach

Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Camboinhas Beach

Reviewed By Miguelqhalmeida - Braga, Portugal

Camboinhas beach is a nice place for families to have fun. Most of the time calm, the sea is good for swimming and reafreshing baths. However, sometimes it is very dirty due to pollution without proper conditions for bathers. Around the boardwalk visitors also may pratice cycling, jogging, skating, etc. There are also kiosks where you can buy food and beverages.

9. Sossego Beach

Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 279 reviews

Sossego Beach

Reviewed By Brenton K - Adelaide, Australia

The beach is a little cleaner than most of the other Beaches, and not as crowded. Much nicer and worth the effort to get here

10. Museum of Contemporary Art

Mirante da Boa Viagem | Boa Viagem, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24210-470, Brazil +55 21 2620 2400
Excellent
58%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Museum of Contemporary Art

Perched on a cliff above a beach, this striking, flyer-saucer-like building houses contemporary art and enjoys splendid views across the bay.

Reviewed By Berichthier214 - Buren, The Netherlands

The building by Oscar Niemeyer looks stunning. Even now it is still modern, in a retro way. It looks deceptively small. Once inside, a rather large space awaits you. You have great views from the circle hallway surrounding this space. Pity the great hall has no connection to the outside. If you were unaware of the exterior of the building this space could be anywhere.
The space itself contains not much to look at. They don't have a real collection. You have to await what they can offer and the focus is on Brazilian art. Can be good or not. It depends on what they get from other museums or private collections.
There is also a nice restaurant. Not much of a view because it is under the building.
The main attraction remains Oscar Niemeyer's building. And the view.

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