Copacabana is an upscale neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. It is the most famous and prestigious neighborhood of Brazil and one of the world’s best known. It has the nickname of Princess of the Sea and the Heart of South Zone, bordering neighborhoods of Lagoa, Ipanema, Botafogo and Leme.
Copacabana attracts large number of tourists for its over eighty hotels, which are especially full during the times of the New Year and Carnival. At year end, the traditional fireworks on Copacabana Beach attracts a crowd of people. The edge is still place for various events, such as national and international concerts for the rest of the year.
From the 1960s, the increasing fame attracted more residents from the area could behave and comfortable Copacabana suffered from speculation until it became full of tall apartment buildings next to each other. The population of Copacabana is, for the most part, the upper-middle class and middle.
Currently, the district has the highest population density of the city, with around 150 000 inhabitants. Also home to the largest number of elderly in the city, with 16.7% of the population over sixty years.
The most famous building in the neighborhood is the Copacabana Palace, the most traditional hotel in the city. Opened in 1923, the main building stands out for its elegance and grandeur: his architectural project was designed by architect Frenchman Joseph Gire who was inspired by the Hotel Negresco in Nice and the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. In their rooms, have stayed national and international celebrities.
The neighborhood is full of restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, cinemas, banks, churches, synagogues (traditionally houses the Jewish community carioca), shops, theaters and art fairs on weekends. The trade is highly diversified, with upscale shops mixed with other more popular profile, and street vendors. It is the district with the largest number of seniors and retirees of Rio de Janeiro