Forte de Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana


The old Copacabana Fort was built on a 28 acre rocky promontory that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and divides Copacabana and Arpoador Beaches. The Fort was constructed in 1914, on the site of Our Lady of Copacabana Chapel. It was constructed in the form of a hardened bunker, with the external walls facing the sea being 40 ft thick. When you enter the Fort, you will have nice views of the small Fishermen's Place and up the coast towards Leme Beach. When you reach the end of the Fort, you have fantastic views of the rocky coast down to the beginning of Arpoador Beach. It's a great place to bring a camera and take photos during the day, as the views are wonderful, and it's a safe and secured military area.

Must do - The famed Confeiteria Columbo has opened a small cafe within the walls of the Fort. It's a pleasant place to have coffee, breakfast or lunch before heading back out of the Fort.


Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, nº 1 - Posto 6 of Copacabana Beach


(21) 2521-1032

Opening Hours

Exhibition halls
Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm
Souvenir Vitacura, Colombo Confectionery & 18 do Forte Coffee Shop
Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 8 pm


6 BRL, admission free on Wednesdays

How to arrive

Subway: Cantagalo Station, is about 10 minutes on foot from Forte de Copacabana.
Bus: 121, 126, 127, 487 and 455.
Car: Downtown – South Area: Aterro do Flamengo and Rebouças Tunnel.
Barra – South Area: Elevado do Joá and Niemeyer Avenue.