The World Culp is an event organized by the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) that enthuses millions of people and attracts hordes of tourists who want to be there for at least one game. However each soccer match lasts only 90 minutes, so even if you went to the tournament, DINKtravelers knows you’d still have plenty of time left to visit everything the host city offers.
In that sense, the World Cup is the perfect chance to discover new destinations.
2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
For example, in 2010 South Africa offered tours to beaches in Durban and Port Elizabeth that were perfect for aquatic sports. Likewise, in Cape Town travelers found mesmerizing views of the mountain ranges. Cities like Rustenburg or Nelspruit were among the most visited venues due to their astonishing natural landscapes and the safari tours in which people learned about South African flora and fauna.
2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany
Four years earlier, in Germany 2006, the attractions were quite different. For those who love monuments it was an exceptional World Cup because they were able to visit Berlin with its Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Munich Residenz, the gothic cathedral of Cologne, and the Römer in Frankfurt, among others.
2016 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
More recently, during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil received thousands of soccer fans and tourists. Definitely, the beaches were the center of attention. Nevertheless, in Rio de Janeiro, a city that combines a tropical environment with rocky mountains, travelers visited the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the peak of the Corcovado mountain. From there, they enjoyed a great view of the coasts of Ipanema and Copacabana.
For those who enjoy urbanism, Sao Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the continent and also the one with the most population, welcomed tourists with a vast cultural offer that included 150 theatres, 90 museums and 50 parks. Even though its most popular museums are those dedicated to art, given that today we’re talking about sports tourism, a place we can’t forget to mention is the Museu do Futebol. And when it came to shopping, travelers were thrilled to learn that there are 240,000 stores in the city.
Brazil harbors many other attractions; in fact, 47.1% of the territory is made up by the Amazon rainforest. Manaos is the place where tourists could experience the thrill of visiting the Amazon rainforest and river. In that city, the natural landscapes allowed lovers of adventure tourism to make descents of the Amazon River and hike through the exotic rainforest, the perfect complement for a sports tourism trip.