Casual enough for everyday Cariocas (Rio’s native residents) and cool enough for celebrities to call home, Urca tenderly finds its way into the hearts of its inhabitants. Gracefully weathered hulls of handcrafted skiffs bob atop Urca’s placid waters, and leisure strollers are greeted with breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain from its boardwalk. Revered for its small village feel and center city proximity, the neighborhood boasts the best of urban living coupled with suburban-style serenity.See 62 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Oceanside Isolation Near The Center of The City
Urca is a traditional and wealthy residential neighborhood...Although most of the neighborhood dates from the 1920s, parts of it are much older. What is now called the Forte São João is where the first Portuguese settlement in Rio was founded by Estácio de Sá on March 1st 1565."
Safe from the City's Commotion
Dining and Drinking Where the Ocean Meets the Bay
Located at the feet of Sugar Loaf mountain, Urca is easily the most charming neighborhood in Rio. In this small, bucolic village, the main attraction is the "mureta", a sinuous promenade that contours the neighborhood, overlooking the Guanabara Bay and providing fantastic views of the city. Here, fishermen rub shoulders with the many local artists and émigrés who have chosen Urca as their home."
The Way to Sugarloaf Mountain
Urca is centrally located and close to everything in Zona Sul. Within a bus stop or a short walk, you can see the famous Sugar Loaf and Yacht Club."
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Born in Porto Alegre, Adriana currently calls Rio de Janeiro home. With a passion for portrait, fashion and architecture photography, she’s proud to be a longtime Airbnb photographer, and enjoyed the opportunity to share a few different views from Rio.