At just 6 kilometers in length, this island, which is unusually shaped like a 5-pointed star, has all the ingredients for a perfect tropical location. The Ilha dos Frades (Island of the Friars) is a mosaic of white sandy beaches, fresh water lakes, small waterfalls of surprising beauty, hills which offer spectacular views of the bay, and a forest wealth which combines the palm trees traditionally found in this type of setting with trees native to the Brazilian Atlantic coast (including the famous “Pau Brasil” – the tree, they say, which gave the Brazilian state its name). It has been an ecological reserve since 1982.
Enjoy the Ponta de Nossa Senhora, the most famous beach on the Ilha dos Frades, in the north of the island. Despite the fact that the sole objective of most of the visitors tends to be to enjoy its white sand, the Nossa Senhora (Our Lady) beach provides maximum comfort thanks to its many parasols and showers. In addition, the mini beach bars which serve chilled beer and grilled seafood help you take it easy.
If you are looking for a quieter beach, the Paramana and the Viração are your options.
The central Paramana beach is surrounded by stunning nature which highlights the many streams and small waterfalls. It offers a natural swimming pool at low tide.
The Viração beach is the most deserted and wild of all. It is surrounded by rock formations and a coconut plantation. What is more, it bears no trace of man´s presence.
It would not be a bad idea to take a walk and visit the Nossa Senhora do Loreto church in the south of the island, one of the most elegant and picturesque churches in Bahia, which is known for its exceptional architectural value. The ruins of the Nossa Senhora do Guadalupe church, on the summit of the hill which takes the same name, is an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy panoramic views.
A trip to this idyllic picture-perfect island is a must!
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