Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) Travel Guide

The Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) is formed by 56 tropical islands such as Itaparica, Madre Deus, Maré, Frades, Bom Jesus dos Passos and Matarandiba.

The bay is the largest bay on the Brazilian coast (the Baía de Todos os Santos has an area of 800 km²; the Baía da Guanabara, in Rio de Janeiro, is the second largest in Brazil, with an area of 380 km²), it was this bay that later gave its name to the State of Bahia.

That is why several municipalities were founded around the bay over the centuries, several of which are now tourist destinations in the state.

The capital of the state, Salvador, is the main city of the Baía de Todos os Santos region.

Several other municipalities are also bathed by the approximately 800 km² of the Bay: Madre de Deus, Candeias, Simões Filho, São Francisco do Conde, Santo Amaro, Cachoeira, Saubara, Itaparica, Vera Cruz, Jaguaripe, Maragogipe and Salinas da Margarida, as well as the islands under the jurisdiction of these municipalities.

Islands in the Baía de Todos os Santos

With 240 square kilometres, Itaparica Island is the largest of all and offers good infrastructure for tourist services.

Ilha de Maré, with 16 square kilometres, has several inns and restaurants (such as the Oratório de Maré).

And Ilha dos Frades, with eight square kilometres, is the most primitive and offers only beach bars for visitors who come to Ponta de Nossa Senhora.

Another 33 islands, some private, others populated and many uninhabited, are quiet and very beautiful places, with tropical landscapes formed by beaches and primitive vegetation.

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