Serra Grande is a district of the Bahia municipality of Uruçuca in the Cacao Coast, located 43 km from Ilhéus and 30 km from Itacaré. A small and quiet village that lies in the heart of the most ecological road of the southern coast of Bahia, with white sandy beaches […]
Costa do Cacau (Cocoa Coast) is always marked by the exuberant presence of the Atlantic Forest and comprises the municipalities of Ilhéus, Itabuna, Uruçuca, Itacaré, Una, Canavieiras and Santa Luzia.
Tourism on the Cocoa Coast
The Cocoa Coast is one of the tourist destinations located in the State of Bahia, characterised by the presence of cocoa plantations and the Atlantic Forest, with kilometres of beautiful beaches, waterfalls with clear and mineral waters, centenary trees, the greatest biodiversity in the world, natural nursery of exuberant fauna, multicoloured birds, trails leading to natural sanctuaries, caves, lagoons and little-visited beaches, many still deserted and modern tourist infrastructure with luxury hotels, bars and restaurants and high quality beach huts.
Historical towns on the Cocoa Coast such as Ilhéus offer, besides top services, beautiful beaches and the nooks and crannies described by its most illustrious writer, Jorge Amado, creator of Gabriela, the greatest symbol of the beautiful and hospitable way of its dark and cheerful people.The Hydromineral Resort of Olivença, district of Ilhéus, where you can enjoy the place all year round.
At the Tororomba Spa are the springs of ferruginous and medicinal waters that revitalise the body, moisturise, tone and rejuvenate the skin giving a natural tan. Itacaré, 70 kilometres north of Ilhéus, is bathed by streams, most notably the Rio de Contas, which rises in the south of the Chapada Diamantina. Una is the only natural habitat of the golden-faced lion tamarin, a primate highly threatened with extinction. Comandatuba Island, home to an international hotel complex and the Ilha da Fantasia resort.
Canavieiras on the Cocoa Coast still stands out as the largest fishing ground for sea bass and merlin in Brazil, which attracts sport fishing enthusiasts to the place.
Itabuna is a regional centre for commerce, industry and services and is the birthplace of the writer Jorge Amado.
Santa Luzia is home to caves, rivers, waterfalls, wells, lagoons and rock walls. At the beginning of the century, the search for monazite sands led to the diamonds of Salobro, the largest diamond exploration in southern Bahia, as an Eco-tourism Route of the Cocoa Coast. Santa Luzia because the waters that bathed the locality were dark, the municipality of Uruçuca was born.
In this municipality are the Itacaré / Serra Grande Environmental Protection Area and the Serra do Conduru State Park, the third largest biodiversity in the world and numerous attractions, such as: Fazenda São Tomé, Cachoeira do Zé Maria, Poço do Robalo, Serra Grande Dam, all beaches are located in the Serra Grande district.
The municipality of Una in the Cacao Coast of Bahia which has lush beaches, rivers, black mud baths, Atlantic forest and the rapids of the Una River. The beautiful beaches of Una, almost unexplored, are bordered by large coconut trees. The colonisation of the region, which was part of the Captaincy […]
Itacaré in the south of Bahia has small beaches and coves full of charm surrounded by hills covered by coconut trees and the Atlantic forest. With rivers, waterfalls, mangroves and lots of virgin forest, this natural setting is perfect for hiking and adventure sports such as rafting, abseiling, hang-gliding, zip-lining, […]
Itacaré stands out for presenting a lot of history in contrast with nature, details capable of seducing any more adventurous traveller. The buildings of the city of Itacaré are marked by mansions and churches, filled with Bahian luxury. In terms of adventure and fun, the highlight goes to sports such […]
Itacaré has a charming landscape, formed by a sequence of beaches, whose nature is still practically untouched by man, with hills covered by forests and many coconut trees. It is the first beach of the “Costa do Cacau”, on the coast of Bahia, south of Salvador. Situated between the sea […]
Itacaré, in the south of Bahia, is a place for those seeking peace and quiet and full contact with nature. But the tourist town, which is part of the Cacao Coast, also welcomes those who live in search of adrenaline and extreme sports. Perfect waves, such as those at Tiririca […]
The Rio de Contas in Itacaré forms small sandy beaches and river arms and islands that allow the appreciation of a rich mangrove forest. The Rio de Contas is a chapter apart in the life of Itacaré. It rises at an altitude of 1,500 metres, in the majestic Serra da […]
The beautiful Comandatuba Island is home to an immense wealth of Brazilian fauna and flora, which are present throughout its length. The walks are pleasant moments in contact with nature, very well preserved in this paradise. The activities found on Comandatuba Island range from a simple and rewarding rest in […]
The Lagoa Encantada is a large water mirror of 15 square kilometres, where there are floating islands that move according to the wind, waterfalls formed at the mouth of the Apepique and Caldeiras rivers and four caves embedded in an area of Atlantic Forest entirely preserved. Lagoa Encantada was discovered […]
Famous for its beautiful beaches, Bahia is betting on a new tourist craze: the exploitation of cocoa farm tourism in the southern region. Brazil, which was once the second largest producer of cocoa in the world, has returned to exporting. The cocoa farms of Ilhéus and the region offer guided […]
Ilhéus is known worldwide through the works of Jorge Amado, such as Terras do Sem Fim, Cacau, São Jorge de Ilhéus and Gabriela Cravo e Canela and the city receives visitors from all Brazilian regions and abroad. The municipality also has the longest coastline in Bahia, with 100 kilometers of beach, as […]
Canavieiras has a long and beautiful coastline, full of beautiful beaches, rivers, mangroves, coconut trees and small islands full of Atlantic Forest. Get to know the town and stroll through the Historic Site, with its beautiful 18th and 19th century mansions, handicrafts, many restaurants and, at weekends, a variety of […]
When the first Spanish colonisers arrived in America, cocoa was already cultivated by the Indians, mainly the Aztecs in Mexico and the Mayans in Central America. According to historians, the cacao tree, called cacahualt, was considered sacred. In Mexico, the Aztecs believed it to be of divine origin and that […]
For 22 years, the sloth, an animal with a sweet expression and gentle gestures, has had an exclusive research centre in Ilhéus (BA). In the 43-hectare reserve, 16 animals of the common species and 18 of the collared species are currently cared for. The differences between the two are in […]
The intention is to rescue the culture of cocoa cultivation that has been part of the region’s history for decades. The route involves the entire Cocoa Coast in Bahia and passes through four cities in the region: Ilhéus, Itacaré, Uruçuca and Canavieiras. The Chocolate Road, connecting Ilhéus and Uruçuca, is […]
Costa do Cacau is a region of extraordinary scenic beauty that still preserves little altered natural landscapes. True ecological paradises on the Cocoa Coast – always marked by the exuberant presence of the Atlantic Forest, considered by the world scientific community as one of the richest ecosystems in biodiversity on the […]