|Places to Stay: ITAPARICA || ITAPARICA Eventos ||Cachoeira ||Ilha de Maré ||Priest Island||More Islas || Recôncavo ||São Felix || FORTS||
Discover the island of the sun,
oasis of tranquility amidst many 40 km marvelous beaches, exuberant
tropical vegetation, and beautiful sunsets. The many small villages share a rich
if sleepy history as the
big island in ‘Baía-de-todos-os-santos’
(Bay of All Saints)
ITAPARICA ISLAND with 240 km2 of vegetation and countless beaches, beautiful tropical flora and a rich cultural heritage is a highlight of many trips to Salvador.
Until the introduction of the auto ferry in about 1974, isolated fishing villages lined the white beaches, planted with thousands of coconut palms. Now vacation homes occupy the stretches of beach between the fishing villages. The interior of the narrow island continues to be primarily uninhabited, as does the side of the island where the beach gives way to mangrove forests. Before decent roads to leading to the beaches north of Savador (coconut coast) were built, the wealthy from Salvador would maintain vacation retreats here.
Attractions besides the
activities of diving, walks, horse riding, biking and kayaking are the
São Lourenço Fortress and Fonte da Bica (Bica Fountain)
Ponta de Areia (Sandy Point) is a huge, wide beach close to the northern tip of the island, The side facing the ocean has a chain of coral reefs forming huge natural pools, great for bathing.
• Forte in the historic village -
swimming, fort, near mineral water fountains
Terminal São Joaquim is close to the Feira de São Joaquim.
Plane: Valença Airport (270 km 160 miles
southeast of of Salvador) at the mouth of the river Uno City this Gateway
to the southern coast of Bahia is a City of 70,000. Club Med
flys its guests here from the Salvador
International Airport. Check at the airport to see if a charter company
has begun operating
GETTING AROUND THERE:
anywhere along the route)There are also
TIPS: Remember mosquito repellent
PLACES TO STAY
de Itaparica on geocities
|The largest navigable bay in Brazil
is the beautiful bay on the Brazilian coast, All Saints' Bay covers an area
of more than 1,000 square kilometers encompassing 56 islands. Many sources
of fresh water flow into the bay, the most important of which are the
Paraguaçu and the Subaé rivers. One of the best places for waters
sports in the Americas, the largest offers excellent sailing conditions such
as steady trade winds, average annual temperatures of 26°C, calm waters and
a wide variety of sailing routes and historic sites, all surrounded by
All Saints’ Bay is rich in natural life, scenic views and culture, In its 1100 square miles, 56 islands receive fresh waters from 21 rivers flowing into it and about 350 historical and cultural sites along its coast. It enchants all its visitors with its calm and clean waters, cool breezes and gentle currents, where the sun shines all through the year. because of the large number of tropical islands and warm beaches. It is known for its historical scenery composed by churches, fortresses, beautiful colonial townhouses and farms.
The largest port in the Southern Hemisphere during the in the 16th 17th and 18th Century, Cachoeira and Salvador, are among the hemispere oldest and most importants ports. Located in the middle of the Brazilian coast, the bay was the safe port for the ships that came from Europe to Brazil or passed by on the way to Rio da Prata and India. Starting from the Portuguese coast, the sea currents and the winds brought the ships naturally to All Saints Bay. The marine commercial route to the East in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries was an eight month trip that outlined the south of Africa till the Canary Islands were reached. All Saints Bay, as an ideal place for construction and repair and restocking of the ships that traveled in those days.
In the mid 20th century, the first Brazilian oil well was struck on the coast and today Brazil's largest refinery and petrochemical complex is located on the sea.
|Via Náutica (Sea Lane),
Constructed to allow easier access to other visitor areas and the islands of the Bay, it will be 15 kilometers long with seven stopping places, going from Porto da Barra to Ribeira in its first phase with stops in Salvador, such as Pelourinho, Solar do Unhão, Ponta de Humaitá and Bonfim.
a stunning tropical paradise where one can swim, snorkel, sun bathe, stroll along the sandy beaches, or purchase shells, coral, or other handicrafts made by local merchants.
GETTING THERE: by schooner on a tour see sankofatours.net/srvisltr.htm
|Ilha de Maré ("maré" means "tide"; "Ilha" means "Island" )|
You will find towns that preserve a primitive atmosphere, where the people
cultivate ancient habits of fishing and crafts. Ilha de Maré has enjoyable
beaches and seaside villas. The three most populate towns are Santana, Itamoabo
and Praia Grande. All three have nice beaches and beautiful
landscapes. The beach called Praia das Neves also has calm waters and its
natural vegetation adorns its sandy shores. Don't miss the island’s most
significant cultural attraction, the church of Senhora Santana, from the
18th century, and Nossa Senhora das Neves, built in the 16th
Madre de Deus Island
It is an important town due to Petrobras seaport, from where there is a
great view of Salvador. It is worth checking the architecture of the house
of Pedro Gomes and Laudelino Pinheiro, at the Praia do Suape, and also the
houses of Dois Leões and Antonio Balbino, all of them from the second
half of the 19th century, as the Nossa Senhora Mãe de Deus
Mother Church. The Maria Guarda island and Praia do Suape also belong to
Madre de Deus island.
Bom Jesus dos Passos
There is a dense vegetation and villas surrounded by flowers. It is
worth the trip if you disembark and walk down the streets, where there is
much to see and to do. Basically, the population survives from fishing and
carpentry industry. It is interesting to visit Solar dos Duartes, Nossa
Senhora da Conceição Chapel and the fountains Rua, Porrãozinho and
Grande. The island has two excellent beaches: Padre and Pontinha.
The island is now consolidating a marine ecotourism project in All
Saints’ Bay. The project "Bimbarras Island" is an example of
the preservation of Mata Atlântica, where men not only occupies it, but
also restores and preserves it. The project works with sustainable
development due to its low density of tourism activities, including a farm
with agriculture and fishing activities.
GETTING THERE: by boat or private sailing boat. Located at the sea shore side of the ltaparica Island. Sailors and tourists can not miss the spot.
Ponta do Garcês
Located in Southern All Saints’ Bay, with 5 km of coast, where the
brookmeadows of Rio Jaguaribe and Lagoa dos Garcês are located. Its flora
is composed by blue, red and yellow bromeliads, while the fauna shows wild
species such as the "lobo-guara" and "porco-do-mato".
The area to the northwest and west of Salvador, inland
from the banks of All Saints’ Bay, is known as the Recôncavo, a large rich
and fertile zone that was one of the main centers for sugar and tobacco
cultivation in the 16th century.
In the 1950s, the area became Brazil’s major center for crude oil production. For centuries it has been an agricultural center, more lately for cultivation of spices, such as black pepper and cloves. Previously the interior of Bahia was primarily devoted to plantations of sugar cane, tobacco plants and cocoa. Here you'll find Rural Towns which have existed for several hundred years where inhabitants still ride horses and donkeys to the market, and live primarily off the land.
|Cachoeira & São Felix|
| Cachoeira (pop. 28,255) and São Felix (pop.
12,095), the twin colonial towns separated by the Rio Paraguaçu, a river spanned by
a combination rail and road bridge, built in 1885 offer visitor a chance to experience colonial rural Bahia. Cachoeira
is considered to be one of the most beautiful colonial towns in the
São Felix Attractions: Across the river is the
Danneman cigar factory that
can be visited to see hand-rolling in progress.
|Beaches elsewhere on All Saints’ Bay in the Recôncavo area|
• Itapema - swimming, calm & clear waters, coconut trees
• Cabuçu fronting a village - sailing, swimming, calm & clear waters, coconut trees
• Fazenda fronting a ranch hotel - sailing, swimming, calm & clear waters, coconut trees
• Bom Jesus dos Pobres - swimming, streams, waterfall & caves nearby
• Bica - fishing, swimming, lighthouse, underground water spill
• Araripe - swimming, old lighthouse, near mouth of Paraguaçu River
• Barra do Paraguaçu - swimming, calm sea, coconut trees
• Cairu - swimming, calm sea
• Conceição de Salinas - swimming, calm sea
• Araçá - swimming, calm sea
• Ponte de Margardias - swimming, calm sea
• Encarnação - swimming, calm sea
• Mutá fronting a village, summer homes - swimming, calm sea
• Cações fronting a village, summer homes - swimming, calm sea
• Ponta do Garcez (or Garcês) fronting a ranch - swimming, large sea shells, coconut trees, forest, big waves
• Barra do Jiquiriçá fronting ranches and fishing village - swimming (unsafe in the winter time due to high and violent waves), near mouth of Jaquiriçá River
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