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Top 10 beaches in Brazil

With more beaches than you can shake your bikini at, we enrolled some expert help to cherry pick Brazil’s best, for golden sands, azure seas and that extra wow factor …
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The Brazilian equivalent of the British expression “Just my cup of tea” is “é minha praia” (‘That’s my beach”), which tells you all you need to know about the two countries’ relative cultural values. Brazilians can talk for hours about their favourite strip, nowhere is more closely associated with the beach as lifestyle than Brazil, and golden sands provide many of the country’s cultural icons: The Girl from Ipanema, Havaianas, fio dental (“dental floss”) bikinis, Copacabana …

With 8,000km of coastline and thousands of beaches to choose from – most of them lying beneath palm trees in the tropics – we asked 10 experts to choose their favourites, from a river beach in the Amazon down to one of the country’s hippest beach cities, Florianópolis. And if we’ve missed out your favourite, we’d like to hear from you.

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10 top things to do in the South Downs

Sussex local Annabelle Thorpe recommends what to see and do in Britain’s new national park

The South Downs are often referred to as the lungs of south-east England; a much-needed swathe of countryside backed by the ever-broadening coastal sprawl. Sandwiched between London and the south coast, the rolling hills, pretty villages and beautiful landscapes have gone unrecognised for too long, but finally they are to be awarded National Park status. So what to see and do in the south-east’s new rural idyll? Here’s our pick of where to stay, eat, walk, drink and enjoy the views.

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