Morro de São Paulo
Morro de São Paulo is located around 60 kilometers from Salvador city in Bahia state of Brazil. Bahia is a perfect holiday destination because of 100s of possible entertainment sites, natural beaches, mountains, lakes, and natural environment. Salvador, Trancoso and Chapada Diamantina National Park are already very famous among the tourists. Morro de São Paulo is a small village on an island that is full of gorgeous waters, jungle, culture, and amazing outdoor activities.
For most of the tourists, Morro de São Paulo is a love at first sight. Many visitors plan for a one-day visit and end up extending their stays after reaching this place. That is why it is important to read a few things to do and attractions of the village before deciding about how many days are you going to stay here. The village is the main meeting, eating and accommodation point for the whole island. Therefore, you will find a lot of restaurants, shops, and accommodation in the village. Another interesting thing is that there are no cars allowed on the island and the only way to transport your luggage around is by wheelbarrows.
The summers in Morro de São Paulo are the most active and crowdy, as the village is filled with vacationers and party lovers. Make sure to book everything in advance if you plan to go around summer or during Christmas/ New Year time. May & June tend to be the rainiest seasons of the island and many restaurants and shops stay closed due to heavy rains.
How to Reach Morro de São Paulo
There are two best mediums to reach Morro de São Paulo which are plane and catamaran. If you are in Salvador, small planes can take you to the island village in around 30 minutes time from the Salvador International Airport. You can also take a catamaran from Salvador and reach the island village. The catamaran will take around 2 hours to reach the village where you can land and then hire a wheelbarrow for your luggage because there are no cars on the whole island. You will be commuting on foot for most of the time. There are some tractors that transport passengers from village to some distant beaches.
12 Wonderful Attractions in Morro de São Paulo
The Beaches of Morro de São Paulo
Beaches are the main attractions in the village of Morro de São Paulo, because of a wonderful variety of beaches within the close proximity of the village. Tourists love to hop from one beach to another and get mesmerize by the turquoise waters. These beaches have a number naming system to make it easy for the visitors to remember their favorite ones. The beaches are named as First Beach (Primeira Praia), Second Beach (Segundo Praia), Third Beach and so on. One of the unique beaches is Garapua, which also has natural pools around it. The Fourth Beach is known for its calm and relaxing water.
Waterfalls and Hiking around Morro de São Paulo
Hiking is also a wonderful outdoor activity on the island and the village has an ecological trail through the superb Atlantic Forest which leads the visitors to Fonte do Ceu, a wonderful natural waterfall. In summers, the waterfall gets crowdy and in June when the rains are heavier the waterfall is also a treat to the eyes.
There is also an enchanting small fishing village on this ecological trail where tourists usually do not go. The village is ideal to know some more local culture of the island and to taste some authentic dishes of the region.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
From July to October, whales can be spotted in the ocean because of their migration patterns. These Humpback whales migrate through the ocean passing by the waters of Morro de São Paulo. The best way to enjoy the whale and dolphin activities is to book a tour and experience these amazing animals up close.
Farol do Morro
Farol do Morro is the famous lighthouse of the island from where you can have different views of this beach paradise island. You will need to climb up by lots of stairs, but it is worth the effort. Prepare to get mesmerized by the wonderful beauty of the island, its environment, and the ocean. The best time to enjoy the views from Farol do Morro is the sunset time.
Fonte Grande is an 18th century fountain with an amazing architecture and style that attracts many tourists. The water does not flow that much from the fountain but the historical look of the fountain and the area around it is great for learning about some history of the village.
Igreja da Nossa Senhora Da Luz
Igreja da Nossa Senhora Da Luz is the main church standing out in the village with its beautiful colonial architecture in white and blue. The church is beautifully illuminated by yellow lights after the sunset which glorifies its beauty. There are some cafes around the church where visitors sit, relax, and enjoy their coffee in the backdrop of this beautiful church.
Fortaleza do Tapirandu
Fortaleza do Tapirandu was built in 1630 as a fort to protect the shores of All Saints’ Bay in Bahia. Gradually the Fortaleza do Tapirandu turned into ruins and you can witness this historical structure on the northern tip of the island. The fort has seen many wars and destruction events and it contemplates the maritime history of Brazil. This fort is also a great spot to enjoy beautiful sunsets while you are on the island.
Ilha da Boipeba
Ilha da Boipeba is another beautiful small island towards the south of Morro de São Paulo. You can take a boat and visit this beach paradise as well. I know you are already mesmerized by the beautiful beaches of the village but if you get the chance, get the double dose of the exceptional beaches of the archipelago.
Zipline in Morro de São Paulo
This zipline runs down from the Farol do Morro (The Lighthouse) to the Praia Primeira (First Beach). This is one of the most interesting activity on the island for adventure seekers. The quick adrenaline rush and the wonderful views of the coastline are going to be memorable for you. You will start from the light house and will land directly in the water so be prepared to get wet by wearing your beach clothes.
Boating and Water Sports
Morro de São Paulo is a beach paradise and an ideal place for surfing, paddle boarding, water sports or for recreational boat tours around the archipelago. There are also some tour companies that offer the adventures of kayaking and canoeing around the island.
The restaurants in Morro de São Paulo
Morro de São Paulo is another wonderful place to enjoy the amazing fresh seafood. You can enjoy the authentic taste of a freshly caught fish and other seafood dishes. The village also offers different type of cuisines because of the variety of tourists that come here. You can also find European dishes, Indian and different South American dishes in the village.
Nightlife in Morro de São Paulo
Many visitors love the nightlife of Morro de São Paulo because of the superb party vibes. The village gets very crowded on the New Year night and lots of parties and events happen all around the beaches and island. There are some small outdoor and indoor clubs in the village and some of them are open all night long.
The cobbled and winding streets of village are also ideal for romantic strolls in the night which also lead you to the beach for star gazing in the beautiful sound of waves.
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