The Fort of Copacabana is located between Copacabana and Arpoador. It was an important military fortress, built in the early 20th century and now deactivated. From the Copacabana Fort there is a fantastic view of the sea that opens up to the beach of Copacabana and also to the sea and beach of Arpoador and Ipanema. The area is quite large, and consists of millitary facilities that were quartiles annexed to a large bunker, which is a fortress or armored shelter with several tunnels and rooms housing ancient cannons, and surrounding areas in the open air where one can circulate or sit on benches to contemplate the surrounding countryside. In these surrounding areas, there are also cannons and military equipment exposed to the outdoors. The fortress is maintained well preserved, being its internal visitation with its numerous tunnels and armored rooms a great attraction.
The Copacabana Fort is located at Plaza Coronel Eugênio Franco nº 1 in the Copacabana neighborhood. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the exterior area, shops and cafés are open the same days until 7:30 p.m. The tourist is allowed to stay in the place until the closing of the museum and fort. This area not only offers an interesting insight into Brazil’s military history, but also has a lovely, oceanfront avenue where visitors can stroll and take in panoramic views of Copacabana Beach. The famed Confeitaria Colombo, a traditional café and bakery located in the city center, also owns a quaint café located within the walls of the fort. Visitors can stop for breakfast, lunch or a snack and enjoy a peaceful view of the famous shoreline.