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History of Porto Seguro

It is because of Porto Seguro that Brazil became known as the land Tupiniquim, indigenous population that inhabited the region when the first Portuguese landed from their caravels on South American soil in the year 1500.

In this area the first housing nucleus of the country was erected in 1535. Until then, the king of Portugal was more interested in the Eastern commercial routes and only at this time decided to look to the west and to invest in the new lands discovered by Cabral decades before.

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Many buildings erected at this time remain well preserved, which is why the historical center of Porto Seguro is an essential visit for any lover of the history of Brazil and the time of great navigations. The entire historical center is actually considered National Heritage since 1973 by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and has also been recognized by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity since 2000.

Discovering the region where Brazil started

Porto Seguro breathes history, and as soon as the visitor arrives in the historic center, in the upper part of the city, he feels as if he had entered a time machine. There are monuments, such as the Landmark of Discovery, which have been there for more than 500 years and can be observed in the smallest details. It is worth visiting the area both during the day, when the buildings are open for visitation, and at night, when they can be seen from outside under the effect of special lighting and also the light of the moon and stars.

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You will soon realize that there are no shortage of churches to enjoy. The Mother Church Nossa Senhora da Pena, for example, is the first of the country dedicated to the patron saint of the city and houses a collection of sacred images of the past centuries. There is also the Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia Church and the Church of São Benedito, the latter erected by the Jesuits.

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A short distance away is Casa da Câmara and Cadeia, one of the most beautiful buildings in the center, where the Museu do Descobrimento currently operates. The region also has several colonial houses, all very colorful and charming, where residents of Porto Seguro live in residences listed by IPHAN.

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For those who like the narratives about the great navigations, the tip is the Epic Memorial of Discovery, which is on the beach of Cruzeiro. In addition to a park of native plants and a small museum, the tour takes the visitor to an indigenous Pataxó hollow and walks into a full-size replica of the vessel that Cabral and his crew used on the trip to Porto Seguro in 1500. The Tour is done with a local guide of Porto Seguro of the Pataxó tribe.

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To enjoy the visit of the old part of the city, there is a tour guided by the main places in the history of the discovery of Brazil: the "Route of Discovery". In it, the visitor is taken to some of the main tourist attractions of Porto Seguro, which includes the entire historical city, the Discovery Memorial, the Coroa Vermelha and the church where the first Mass was recited in Brazil. To secure your reservation, you should inquire at a travel agency in Porto Seguro or at the Hotel Quinta do Sol.

Top attractions in Porto Seguro Bahia

In addition to all this cultural and historical load, there is also a wide variety of sightseeing in Porto Seguro, Bahia, such as visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in the northeast, learning about indigenous culture and sustainable development in the Junqueira Reserve, And immerse yourself in the natural pools that form on the high seas in Recife de Fora Marine Park, dance classes in the beach complexes like Tôa Tôa and Axé Moi, take the ferry to Arraial d'Ajuda to see the village and the Eco Park, among others. That is, there are plenty of options to do in Porto Seguro.

In addition to all this cultural and historical load, there is also a wide variety of sightseeing in Porto Seguro, Bahia, such as visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in the northeast, learning about indigenous culture and sustainable development in the Junqueira Reserve, And immerse yourself in the natural pools that form on the high seas in Recife de Fora Marine Park, dance classes in the beach complexes like Tôa Tôa and Axé Moi, take the ferry to Arraial d'Ajuda to see the village and the Eco Park, among others. That is, there are plenty of options to do in Porto Seguro.

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In these places the fun is guaranteed with the shows, dance classes, humor shows, activities and entertainers for the children, as well as a lot of gastronomy, snacks and drinks, all without losing sight of the sea. The spaces still count on parking and all the infrastructure for the visitor to enjoy their vacations.

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But not only does Taperapuan live. The extensive waterfront also features less crowded spots where the tourist seeking quiet will come into contact with the beauty of this place of calm sea and white sands.

A little further, 10km from the center of Porto Seguro, Praia da Ponta Grande offers beautiful landscapes to enjoy and photograph. In addition to being pleasant, it is also obligatory passage for those who go to the Red Crown.

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In the vicinity of the center of Porto Seguro, there is the Cruzeiro Beach, little frequented by tourists and where the waters of the Bunharém River meet the sea. The Curuípe Beach is ideal for diving in the natural pools that are formed during the tide exchange and has the Best Hotel in Porto Seguro. Praia do Mundai is the choice of natives and also motorhomes, for being quiet and have stalls that guarantee live music and good food in the shade of coconut trees. This region is ideal for families and also for couples intending to spend the honeymoon in Porto Seguro.

Travel tips

It's hot all year around. However, while in summer the temperatures usually rise above 40ºC, the winter is milder.

The New Year's Eve in Porto Seguro is very busy and trendy, with many options for parties to enjoy the night of the upturn and shows with national and international artists. The Carnival in Porto Seguro is also a unique and lively party. Therefore, in these two moments the best hotels in Porto Seguro are usually unavailable, and it is advisable to plan ahead to guarantee your place!

But if you do not want to know the region in the high season, stay connected in the promotions for Porto Seguro during the year. In low season, it is possible to find hotel packages and the best tours of Porto Seguro Bahia with great prices.

The main access to the city is by the BPS International Airport of Porto Seguro or the BR-101 and BR-367. For those arriving by bus, the main terminals are the bus station of Porto Seguro and Eunápolis (60km).

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