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Beaches of Bahia

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Bahia has one of Brazil's longest and most spectacular stretches of coastline, lined with mile upon mile of white sand beaches. Bahia's beaches attracts fun-loving Brazilians and overseas tourists alike, though thanks to its size, it's easy to get away from you crowds should you so wish - to find secluded beaches backed by towering coconut palms and fronted by the soothing swells of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bahia hosts a variety of beaches. In some, the gin-clear waters of the Atlantic host a theatre of marine life - an inviting snorkelling opportunity - while others provide direct access to some of Brazil's most famous surf breaks. On shore, the sand remains soft and fine and white, and palms provide much needed shade. In other places the thick rainforest inland rings with the sounds of the forest. From the quiet stretches of Trancoso and the homely pousada accommodation of the Marau Peninsula to the luxury resorts at Porto de Galinhas, there's something here for everyone.

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Itacare is a friendly fishing town in the south of Bahia, known for its laid back Afro-Brazilian culture. Just 100 miles from Salvador, the bustling state capital, Itacare is yet another example of what Bahia's diverse coastline has to offer Brazil holidays.


Ilhéus, the largest city in the southern coast of Bahia, was founded by Portuguese colonisers in the 16th century and grew quickly as a centre of cocoa production. Though the cocoa industry declined during the 1980s, the surrounding areas still produces 65 per cent of all Brazilian cocoa.

Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas is one of northeast Brazil's most popular beach resorts. Situated 35 miles to the south of Recife, the sprawling capital of Pernambuco state, Porto de Galinhas has grown from a deserted stretch of coastline to an award-winning beachfront resort in the space of just two decades.


Trancoso is a relaxed coastal town that has become one of Bahia state's most fashionable holiday destinations. Situated on a long stretch of beach, Trancoso offers luxury hotels, boutique shops and fine restaurants, all of which nestle neatly into the town's sleepy streets and dusty squares.

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