Linha Verde: discover the most beautiful beaches on the north coast of Bahia

Ask anyone who is used to touring the national territory: the so-called Green Line, leaving savior, Bahia, is one of the most interesting options for a complete tour. Where else can you find beaches, resorts and other attractions in a single stretch?

BA-099, its official name, is a state highway in Bahia that connects the city of Lauro de Freitas, in the metropolitan region of Salvador, to the beaches of the North Coast of the state, ending at the border between Bahia and Sergipe. It is essentially a tourist road, divided into two parts: Estrada do Coco, built in 1975, is the initial section that goes from Salvador International Airport to Praia do Forte; and the Linha Verde, established in 1993, runs from Praia do Forte, in the municipality of Mata de São João, to Mangue Seco, in Jandaíra, on the border with Sergipe.

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The 245 kilometers of extension show that the Linha Verde Bahia is much more than a simple succession of tourist attractions. It is possible to find beaches with extremely blue seas and wide sands in a paradisiacal setting, as well as hotels and inns that offer a variety compatible with almost all customer profiles. There is so much to explore and discover in this very defined range of attractions.

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The highway was privatized and the franchise handed over to CLN (Concessionária Litoral Norte). The company facilitated its replication with help from the federal and state governments. Some of the main works carried out are the bridge over the Joanes River and the toll plaza built around the Camaçari Passage.

The initial extension of Busca Vida from BA-099 to Kamakari should become the municipal road Avenida Santos Dumont. In order not to pass through the Lauro de Freitas Central, on January 14, 2015, a work order was signed for the construction of the Camaçari-Lauro de Freitas Metropolitan Via (or Lauro de Freitas Contorno Expressway). The new highway will be completed by Concessionária Bahia Norte in 18 months, from BA-526 (CIA-Aeroporto) to Busca Vida, with a total length of 11.2 kilometers. The collection will be carried out in only one direction, namely Linha Verde-Salvador.

Despite the negative impact in the first months of the pandemic, vehicle movement on BA-099 will return to an average of less than 20,000 vehicles per day throughout 2020. From now until 2021, movement on this road is 6% higher than the expected average. According to Daniel Ovalhe, operations manager at Concessionária Litoral Norte SA, “the first half of 2020 was terrible”, with road traffic falling by up to 16% in May 2021, the “worst moment”. That month, the company recorded the worst result since the expansion process was implemented, in 2000. “In July, we reached an average of 20 thousand cars per day, and it has only increased since then. Overall, people have rediscovered the North Coast.”

The construction of BA-099 began in the late 1960s, providing easy access to beaches with warm waters, lakes, rivers and fascinating landscapes. The first stretch of 53 kilometers facilitates the connection of Salvador with places such as Jauá, Barra do Jacuípe, Guarajuba, Itacimirim and Praia do Forte. In 1993 the highway was expanded by 136 kilometers, connecting the coast to Gendeira, which borders Sergipe.

For Marcus Cavalcanti, Secretary of State for Infrastructure, the concession of highways during the César Borges government, in 2000, was an old desire of Bahia. According to him, the bidding provides for the investment to be made gradually, over many years.

In the meantime, the Linha Verde has demonstrated how good quality visits can promote development: Mata de São João intends to make a connection along the perimeter of the municipality to connect the two main towns of Costa dos Coqueiros. With public and private investments, 10 kilometers of roads are under construction. The municipality of Praia do Forte opened 2.5 kilometers to Imbassaí, and the private sector built 1.5 kilometers to Praia do Forte. Investment in infrastructure aims to promote accessibility, with a focus on providing space for cyclists.

Attractions to visit on the Green Line

At green line beaches worth any effort. In general, they are scenarios worthy of any novel by Jorge Amado and his contemporaries and make the minds of thousands of tourists, national and international, every year. Selecting a few is a complicated task, but worth it. Check out the tips below and get ready for a trip to paradise!

Guarajuba

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It is located in the district of Camaçari and is one of the most frequented on the north coast of Bahia, 42 kilometers from Salvador. Its natural beauty is an unmissable attraction for those who like to practice water sports such as stand up paddle, body board and kitesurf. The highlight goes to a very nice fair, called Feirinha do Pôr-do-Sol, which offers handicrafts, typical food, clothes and other items.

arembepe

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Also in Camaçari is Praia de Arembepe, remembered for being the site of a hippie village and for the TAMAR Project, which has a unit on the beach. This is a conservation project that works to protect endangered sea turtles, constituting a private, non-profit entity based in Praia do Forte.

In the vicinity of Arembepe, around 1574, the ship Santa Clara, returning to Portugal, ran aground on a reef and sank around midnight. According to reports, the sea swallowed several treasures such as gold and spices, in addition to killing Captain Luís de Alter de Andrade and 300 more of his crew.

Praia do Forte

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Located in the municipality of Mata de São João, it is about 80 kilometers from Salvador. It has 12 kilometers of beaches with many reefs, which can be seen on boat trips or guided diving. Coconut trees are a highlight of the scenario and the reason why the coast is known as Costa dos Coqueiros.

The place is sunny almost all year round (the exception is from May to July, when the rainy season occurs). It has a well-defined tourist infrastructure, with hotels, inns, bars and restaurants. There are also small craft and jewelry stores, as well as many locals dedicated to fishing.

imbassai

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10 kilometers from Praia do Forte is this small indigenous village that has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bahia, with inns, bars, restaurants, craft shops, police station and medical center. The transport of visitors to the beach huts, where the snacks are, is done by rafts. Its name comes from Tupi and means “path of the river”, given by the first inhabitants on account of the freshwater passages on the way to the sea.

Costa do Sauipe

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Sauípe is a district in the municipality of Mata de São João with few permanent residents, due to the high cost of residences and the fact that almost the entire area is filled with hotels and resorts. Costa do Sauípe is a large tourist-hotel enterprise that extends over 176 hectares and is 76 kilometers from Salvador Airport.

Opened in 2000, at the time it became the largest tourist complex in Latin America, with luxury resorts from major international names such as Renaissance, Marriott and Sofitel. After 2009, all resorts and inns were managed by a single group, which has a national representative who also adopted new strategies, investing in a new and less elitist target audience, that of families with young children. It was acquired in 2017 by the Rio Quentes Resorts group.

dry mangrove

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This small fishing village is located in Jandaíra and is the last beach in the extreme north of the Bahian coast, on the border with Sergipe. His landscapes were the setting for the telenovela Tieta, in 1989, and inspiration for the novel Tieta do Agreste, by Jorge Amado. It is 250 kilometers from Salvador. It has few streets with soft white sand, which form dunes next to coconut trees by the sea. There are many inns, bars, restaurants and fishermen's houses, forming a support structure for tourists. His real name is Santa Cruz da Bela Vista.

Resorts on the Green Line

As in the case of beaches, choosing a resort on the Linha Verde Bahia is not easy, but four stand out. Are they:

Grand Palladium Imbassai

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Just 60 kilometers from Salvador, this is a resort that offers a spa with relaxing treatments, exquisite all-inclusive restaurants, spacious accommodations with hydromassage and a wide range of leisure activities. There are holiday packages available that range from five to four nights.

Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte

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The resort defines itself as “where the architecture is in perfect harmony with the exuberant landscape and There are twelve kilometers of white sand beach, protected by coral reefs that form dozens of natural pools. It offers the Anantara Spa, an award-winning brand that offers differentiated treatments and massages using Thai techniques.

Vila Gale Mares Resort

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All-inclusive resort located on Praia de Guarajuba, 60 kilometers from Salvador and close to Praia do Forte. It offers 432 apartments, 96 chalets, five restaurants, six bars, Satsanga Spa, with an indoor pool, sauna, hydromassage pool, Turkish bath and numerous rooms for massages and aesthetic treatments.

Sauipe Resorts

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Located 76 kilometers from Luís Eduardo Magalhães airport, the resort is within a six kilometers natural reserve of panoramic beach and white sand. There is no shortage of outdoor pools, bars, a wet bar and several restaurants throughout the complex.






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