Churches from the 1700s and mansions from the 1800s complete the scenery of this old Bahian village surrounded by forest, beaches, waterfalls and rivers.
Itacare stay in south coast of Bahia which still retains the heritage of the different historical periods it has gone through since its occupation by the Portuguese in 1530. They are churches built by the Jesuits, mansions of the cocoa lords who reigned in the region in the 19th century and, of course, the recent conversion of natural beauties into ecotourism.
On a trip to the village it is mandatory to visit the beautiful beaches, whether urban or Resende, sedge and Shell, or the most remote and deserted ones like little beach, Contraption and little hawaii. But there is also no lack of options with fresh water: there are eight waterfalls spread across the Atlantic Forest that surrounds the city, the most sought after are Tijuípe, Usina and Salto do Apepique. In addition to these trails, ecotourism in the region includes adventure sports such as abseiling, rafting, surfing and zip lining.
Itacare It was once one of the main ports for shipping cocoa production in the state of Bahia and this heritage is still alive today in the local cuisine, which also uses the fruit in juices and caipirinhas, in addition to offering delicious artisanal chocolates. An option to go even deeper into the subject is to pay a visit to Fazenda Vila Rosa, which offers a tour of the cocoa cycle, tasting, as well as trails and natural pools.
But the tour of the historic center of Itacaré is also a must. It is there that the oldest buildings are located, such as the Igreja de São Miguel, the Igreja Matriz and the Casa dos Jesuítas, built in the early years of the 1720s.
Today, the 19th century mansions are restored and became the headquarters of inns, restaurants and shops and, at night, they share the hustle and bustle with Praia da Concha, where the bars are also crowded in high season.
Things to do in Itacare
The São Miguel da Barra do Rio de Contas Chapel and the Igreja Matriz are the two religious buildings in the city, while the first was built in 1720 by the Jesuits, the second appeared on the scene of Itacaré in 1723. Be sure to check out the Rua Pedro Longo and Rua da Pituba, main avenues in the city center, concentrate the restaurants, bars and shops.
The beaches of Resende, Tiririca and Concha are the three urban beaches of Itacaré. All of them offer several options of bars and restaurants, and it's where the tourist hype takes place. Despite being the busiest beaches, these attractions can be as beautiful as the beaches further away. The entire strip of sand is surrounded by coconut trees and native forest.
To get to Prainha, visitors need to walk a 40-minute trail, but the view is worth it. This is the favorite beach for surfers because of the rough sea and lots of waves.
The landscape of Praia da Engenhoca is so wonderful that it looks like a movie set! This is one of the quietest beaches in Itacaré and it is possible to reach here after a half-hour walk from the BA-001.
Rio das Contas
The river starts in Chapada Diamantina and crosses the state until it reaches Itacaré. The charming watercourse has become a stage for adventure sports, such as rafting.
This day trip is an excellent option for those who have a few extra days in Itacaré. Since it is so close, don't miss the chance to discover the natural pools and paradisiacal beaches in the region.
Other places to visit in Itacaré:
- Jesuit House
- Xaréu viewpoint
- Vila Rosa Farm
- Serra do Conduru State Park
- little hawaii
- Serra Grande
- Plant Waterfall
How to get to Itacare
The city of Ilhéus is 72 km away and has the closest airport. From there, buses leave for the center of Itacaré via Viação Rota. Those who choose to go by car must take the BA-001. Another option is to arrive via Salvador's international airport. In Ilhéus, the airport receives flights from LATAM, GOL, Azul and Avianca originating in Campinas, São Paulo, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Salvador.
The companies Água Branca and Cidade Sol operate the section between the ferry terminal in Bom Despacho and Itacaré. The trip lasts 5 hours. The destination also receives bus lines from Ilhéus, Itabuna, Feira de Santana. Vitória da Conquista and Porto Seguro.
Leaving Salvador, it is necessary to take the ferry to Bom Despacho, on Itaparica Island, and continue to Itacaré via BA-001. If you are coming from Ilhéus, the access is direct by the BA-001, following the coast.
Best time to visit Itacare
The sun shines all year in Itacaré and the rains are punctual and fast, which makes the city an excellent destination for any season. The driest season, where there are fewer rain showers, is from August to February. During this period the maximum temperature ranges from 28°C to 29°C.
Summer marks Itacaré's high season. These are the months that the destination receives the most tourists, generating a large flow in hotels and restaurants. To save money and see Itacaré more peaceful, try to escape the summer, vacation months and long holidays, such as Carnival, Holy Week and Corpus Christ.
Where to stay in Itacare
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