Armacao dos Buzios Tourist Attractions
Armação dos BúziosSituation and CharacteristicsThe resort of Armação dos Búzios, situated on a peninsula with an area of 96sq.km/37sq.mi 191km/119mi east of Rio de Janeiro, has been an independent commune since September 1991. It has grown out of a fishing village which was "discovered" in the 1960s by Brigitte Bardot and other representatives of the international jet set and is now one of the most fashionable and most expensive bathing resorts in the country (the "St-Tropez of Brazil"), with elegant shops and a well developed tourist infrastructure. Its 23 beaches and 18 islands attract visitors from all over the world.Armação dos Búzios can be reached by way of RJ 106, which runs from Rio de Janeiro via São Pedro da Aldeia to Tamoios, where a road branches off for Búzios.Bus stationPraça Santos Dumont
Beaches in town centerWithin a short distance of the town center are the beaches of Armação (with the Rua das Pedras), Ossos, Canto, Amores and Virgens, with numerous pousadas and small guesthouses. From the first three of these beaches there are boats to the islands of Ancora, Gravatá, Branca, Rasa and Feia. On a low hill at Ossos Beach is the church of Sant'Ana.
Street of Stones
Rua das PedrasMany of Armação dos Búzios' most exclusive shops and top-class restaurants are on Avenida José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, also called Rua das Pedras ("Street of Stones"). All the buildings in the street follow the pattern of the old fishermen's houses - two- or three-storey buildings, painted blue or white, with colonial-style roofs and sash windows.