Considered one of the most famous beaches of Salvador da Bahia, it is located 21 kilometers from the city center. It is sheltered by coral reefs, the waters are warm and calm, with white sand, huge coconut trees and rocky formations that become perfect natural swimming holes when the tide is low, ideal for risk-free bathing.
In the tupi guarani language, Itapuã means ‘the snoring stone’. According to legend, whenever the tide was low there was a stone that could be heard snoring.
Itapuã features in songs by famous Brazilian composers such as Vinícius de Moraes and Toquinho in Tarde em Itapuã, or Saudade de Itapuã by Dorival Caymmi.
In the early 1950s Itapuã was a small fishermen’s village and in the 60s it became the meeting place for the bohemian crowd from Bahia. Today it is one of the favorite beaches for the soteropolitanos, home to families that continue to earn their livelihood by fishing and artists who thrive in the bohemian atmosphere. The low houses, beach bars with thatched roofs, the shacks selling typical foods and the festive spirit of the bars attract tourists and locals on a daily basis.
This is one of the best places to find acarajé (a spicy appetizer made with fried beans) at ‘Cira’, a classic in Salvador.
Another tourist attraction from this place is the Farol de Itapuã, a lighthouse rising up over 20 meters that belongs to the Brazilian navy.
Sea turtles come to lay their eggs at this beach, which is preserved by the TAMAR Project.
You can watch the sun set with silver reflections on the sand while the lighthouse acquires a reddish hue, enjoying an ice cold beer at any of the bars near the lighthouse.
And make sure you get a picture of the mermaid washed in sea water who allegedly surfaces among the rocks on the beach.
From Itapuã you can enjoy the view of the coastline and its palm trees and the rocking murmur of the waves on one side, and Salvador da Bahia on the other side. This is a seductive, mythical beach that is not to be missed.
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