A couple of hours drive from Rio, Búzios shot to fame in the sixties after the actress Brigitte Bardot spent time there basking on its stunning beaches.

Armação dos Búzios, or simply Búzios, is one of the most popular and chic destinations in Rio de Janeiro state.

Located on a 5 mile peninsular surrounded by islands, Búzios offers quiet beaches with warm water, outstanding scuba-diving opportunities and, of course, glamorous bars and parties once the sun goes down.

It’s where the well-healed cariocas (Rio residents) come for the weekend to wind-down, or up, for that matter.

At night everyone heads out to Rua das Pedras where the main bars, restaurants and nightclubs can be found, as well as designer swimwear labels, gift and design shops and art galleries.

You can easily stay in Búzios for a fortnight and eat in a different place every day, such is the variety of gastronomic possibilities