This tip is from our Brazilian explorer: Giulia Furlani.
Itaparica is the largest maritime island in Brazil but it is not very well known, especially amongst tourists. It is located in the Todos os Santos Bay, about 10 km from the city of Salvador, and it is easily reachable thanks to an efficient ferry-boat service. It runs from 5:30am to 6:30pm, leaving every half an hour, from the Terminal Marítimo which you’ll find just behind the Mercado Modelo. The 40 minute boat ride drops passengers in Mar Grande, a village based in the municipality of Vera Cruz, where there are private buses running all day long to the main spots on the Island.
The main astonishment of this place is the sea: tame, transparent and calm. The beach turns into different shapes, from thin-land to a big sweep with natural pools that create an amazing optical illusion.
Aratuba Village is one of the pearls of this small island. It is the perfect place to chill-out, to sleep and find our own soul. The Pousada Zimbo Tropical offers charming bungalows in a dense tropical forest. Do you like the idea of sleeping surrounded by trees of banana and mango? Have you ever dreamt of waking up to the sound of parrots, colibris, monkeys singing? This is the place to make these dreams a reality. Hosts are really warm, the location is something unique and the breakfast includes authentic Brazilian bread, cakes, tapioca couscous, fresh fruit and more!
Standard double occupancy rooms cost around $30 USD per night! Book your room here.
A truthful description of this island must describe travel services and roads. Itaparica is unpopular also because of the rough roads. They are full of ruts and holes, and sometimes there is rubbish left on roadsides. Every place has its beauty and its problems, but one thing is true; this island is a must stop for smart travellers wishing to taste some true Brazilian culture!
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