Main Sights of Piauí

Big Island of Piaui
Big Island of Piaui

More than a multitude of exuberant scenarios are located in Piauí lands, such as Delta do Parnaíba, Sete Cidades National Park, Cappadocia Piauí, Oeiras, Serra da Capivara, Rio Poti Canyon and the capital Teresina.

Kitesurfing, for example, boosts tourism on the beaches of Piauí. In just 66 km, many beauties are arranged from Ilha Grande de Santa Isabel, Parnaíba, Luís Correia and Cajueiro da Praia.

Piauí tourist map
Piauí tourist map

Main Sights of Piauí

Delta of the Parnaíba

the walk through Delta of the Parnaíba starts at the port of Tatus, in Ilha Grande, 9 km from Parnaíba.

It is where there are water mirrors, mangroves, dunes, freshwater lagoons, fauna and flora, as well as fantastic landscapes. At the end of the day, in addition to watching the sunset on Pedra do Sal beach, a 20-minute drive from the center of Parnaíba, visitors can watch the flock of guarás – a species of reddish bird – and a spectacle of nature.

One of the most famous tours is the tour of the archipelago, by speedboat or boats that take up to 60 people, to appreciate wild animals and dunes.

Another tour is the Lagoa do Portinho, surrounded by white sand dunes, palm trees and carnauba trees. According to legend, the lagoon emerged from the tears of the Macyrajara Indian woman, who cried for days over the death of her love.

One of the most popular destinations in the region is the Canary Island, the second largest in the Parnaíba Delta, which is home to a fishing village with over 2,5 inhabitants.

Area of ​​environmental preservation, the island is part of the marine extractive reserve of the Delta and its population is distributed in four villages: Canárias, Passarinho, Torto and Caiçara. In this place there are inns and restaurants ideal for those interested in ecotourism and also for tourists who like to enjoy nature.

Another attraction is the historic part of Parnaíba, mainly Porto das Barcas. There are old warehouses built in the early 20th century to store babassu and carnauba wax. Today the colorful houses house restaurants, shops, bars and inns. It is a perfect place for hiking.

The nearest airport is Teresina, about 320 km away from Parnaíba. To access the Delta, the route follows about 9 km along the PI-220 to Porto dos Tatus, from where boats and boats depart with tourists.

Map of the coast of Piaui
Map of the coast of Piaui

Luís Correia IP

The large number of beaches along the 46-kilometer coastline makes the city of Luis Correia one of the most popular tourist destinations in Piauí. 

The city has a good structure to receive visitors on its beaches, of which the most popular are Atalaia and Coqueiro.

The beaches are Luís Correia's greatest sensation! Among them we can highlight the Maramar beach, ideal for Kitesurfing; The Macapá beach with its beautiful natural pools; The Coqueiro Beach with its calm and warm waters with weak waves; The Itaqui beach, one of the most beautiful and peaceful in the region; and the Atalaia Beach, the most famous and one of the city's postcards.

Discover the 9 best tourist attractions in Luís Correia

1 – Camurupim River

The Camurupim River is a watercourse in the state of Piauí that crosses the municipality of Luís Correia and flows into the ocean. Arriving at the mouth, it separates the beach of Barra Grande from Praia de Macapá.

2 – Maramar Beach

A paradisiacal beach away from urban centers, suitable for bathing and kitesurfing, which attracts tourists from all regions of Brazil and the world, most of them kitesurfing. The beach has a complete accommodation structure, with inns and resorts. Gastronomy is also one of the attractions of this beach, which is just 25,9 km from the center of Luis Correia.

3 – Macapá Beach

Macapá beach is really a hidden corner of paradise on the small coast of Piauí. In addition to the beauties of the natural pools, this place has gained fame due to the strong favorable winds for kitesurfing; sailors from various places frequent this place.

4 – Itaqui Beach

Located 10km from the city of Luís Correia, in Piauí, Praia de Itaqui is considered one of the most beautiful on the Rota das Emoções. A place that awakens the best feelings in those who seek tranquility and also in those who are looking for adventure.

5 – Coqueiro Beach

Praia do Coqueiro is one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast of Piauí with beautiful landscapes dominated by coconut trees. An old fishing village that today gave way to summer houses and is located about 10 km from the center of Luís Correia. The waters are calm and warm with light waves and white sand.

6 – Atalaia Beach

Also known as Armação beach – it is one of the city's postcards and the most famous. Atalaia beach is one of the most frequented by tourists and the largest and most urbanized beach on the coast of Piauí, with 15 km long. The beach has a great structure for tourists from bars, restaurants, shopping, ice cream, wheelchair access, inns and hotels. This beach is the most recommended for children and the elderly as it has a large strip of sand, with shallow and calm waters.

7 - Combed Tree

Located near Macapá Beach, the combed tree is an essential tourist spot in Luís Correia. Known as the “combed tree”, a tamarind tree attracts the attention of those who visit the city. It is a tree that, due to strong winds, had its crown turned to one side, resembling a hair combed backwards.

8 - Mooring Port

The Porto de Amarração is the only sea port in the state of Piauí.

9 - Natural Pools

At low tide, some pools form in the corals, completely changing the landscape of Praia de Macapá. The sea is always calm and the water warm, quite pleasant. As the strip of sand is longer, you need to walk a little further to get to the sea, but that won't be a sacrifice.

Big PI Bar

Barra Grande It is a beautiful beach located in the small municipality of Cajueiro da Praia, located on the coast of Piauí.

A few years ago it was just a small fishing colony. Today, it has become one of the main tourist destinations for nature lovers, with an emphasis on Kitesurfing, due to its strong winds that provide ideal conditions for this sport.

People from all over Brazil and even the world come to see Barra Grande. Strong wind and tranquility are the main characteristics of this beach, 400 kilometers away from Teresina.

In addition to kitesurfing, you will also be able to enjoy the seahorse trail ride, as well as several options of bars and restaurants with rustic and sophisticated architecture in a paradisiacal setting.

The lodging options in Barra Grande vary from hotels, inns, chalets where guests enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea.

It is also the target of visits by those who enjoy adventure sports, due to its enormous ecotourism potential.

For lovers of extreme sports, Barra Grande is on the Rota do Ventos, where constancia allows the practice of sports in different ways, between beaches and dunes, winds and waves, the practice is not limited to just one modality.

Sights of Barra Grande PI

kitesurf

Main local activity, kite has become the extreme sport most sought after by tourists for its ease of learning. Tourists from all over the world come to Barra Grande looking to learn or improve their knowledge of the sport.

Windsurfing

Strong winds are what those who like this sport are looking for, and Barra Grande is undoubtedly a good one for those who enjoy freestyle.

Kayaking through the Mangrove

Through the calm waters of the mangrove and only at high tide, this tour offers freedom of passage where no boat arrives, thus being able to see nests of local birds such as the Red Guará, as well as animals of the local fauna.

Seahorse

This tour is the most sought after by tourists arriving in Barra Grande. In it, the tourist will see the beautiful waters of the mangrove where the colorful seahorses are.

Seven Cities IP

O Sete Cidades National Park, in Piauí, is a place where the scenic beauty of the walls and rock formations serve as a frame for a trip to the past illustrated by cave paintings.

map of Sete Cidades National Park
map of Sete Cidades National Park

Past and present mingle in the park's more than 6 hectares, which is also an area where the Caatinga meets the Cerrado.

Pequi and juazeiro trees come together in the same landscape that unites flora and fauna typical of the two biomes. The mixture only enriches the natural beauties of the park, which also has waterfalls, wells and lakes that guarantee refreshment in the hot climate of Piauí.

Piauí Cappadocia

An almost unknown sertão and impressive landscapes. 5 km from the city of São José do Piauí, we can find a rock formation that is known for its natural beauties with the name Capadocia Nordestina.

What many do not know is that this place has existed for more than 380 million years, as these stones were covered by ie, it was a hidden city.

As time went by and the stones appeared, some made this place so much more so that it became considered a sanctuary, while for others it was the discovery of an open-air museum, with pieces carved by the wind that managed to play with the imagination of all.

At the time of its discovery, it was named Cidade de Pedras or Três Irmãos, as it was known for its beautiful rock formations and was located in the village known as Três Irmãos, so the chosen names were divided between the two meanings.

The place rque has the size of 2.500 hectares, after a special report aired by Globo Repóter, it gained fame of Northeastern Cappadocia, or simply Cappadocia. It has become a tourist spot in the interior of Piauí and an attraction for those who like adventures.

Northeastern Cappadocia, in addition to being known for its rock formations, also has other beauties, including cave paintings, legends that surround the place, in addition to Morro Três Irmãos, which contains small natural ditches in the rocks, where we can find fossils, in times of rain these ditches fill up, allowing visitors to enjoy a sunny day with the right to bathe in its waters, as if they were in an immense lagoon.

Oeiras PI

The municipality of Oeiras , about 300 kilometers from Teresina, holds many surprises for tourists who visit it. The first capital of Piauí concentrates a great historical and religious wealth, translated in its mansions and in the manifestations of faith and religiosity.

Visiting the city of Oeiras is like returning to the past. The city has a Historic Center, XNUMXth and XNUMXth century colonial houses, among other tourist attractions. The city's hotel chain is prepared to serve a large number of tourists,” he said.

Oeiras is considered the oldest nucleus of Piauí and cradle of the history and colonization of the State. “Here is a little bit of Brazilian history. We still keep collections, buildings and even the gastronomy.”, Stefano said.

Religious tourism

Semana Santa de Oeiras is the largest religious festival in the state, a period in which the city receives the largest number of visitors. In fact, the schedule starts practically a month before Holy Week. There are masses, vigils, Via Sacra through the streets of cities and religious tours.

The main manifestations are the Procession of Bom Jesus dos Passos, where thousands of people follow the secular image of Bom Jesus through the streets of the Historic Center, and the traditional Procession of the Fogaréu, accompanied only by men carrying lamps and candles, while women stay in the churches praying.

After forty days of Easter, there is the celebration of the Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit. Portuguese tradition that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Oeiras is dressed in red and white. Every year a new address is chosen to house the image of the Divine. The family drawn is the address of the image of the Divine for a year.

Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara (PI) houses millenary traces of the history of the people of the Americas. Famous cave paintings of the place also inspire the production of handicrafts with ceramics in the backlands of Piauí.

Serra da Capivara is located in four municipalities in the southwest of the state of Piauí: Canto do Buriti, Coronel José Dias, São João do Piauí and São Raimundo Nonato.

The Serra da Capivara National Park was created in 1979 with the aim of preserving archaeological remains that certify the presence of man in South America.

Underneath the giant rocks are cave paintings and engravings, which are considered graphic forms of communication used by prehistoric groups that inhabited the region at least 6 years ago.

Teresina PI

Capital of the state of Piauí, Teresina It is located on the right bank of the Parnaíba River, 366 km from the coast, being the only capital in the Northeast that is not located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, but which does not fail to have its charms because of that.

Teresina is a very green city and, because of that, the writer from Maranhão Coelho Neto renamed it “Green City”, due to its dense vegetation cover.

There are also those who call it “Mesopotamia do Nordeste”, since the central part of the city is located between the Poti River and the Parnaíba River, belonging to the Parnaíba River basin.

Teresina Attractions

1. Discover the Piauí Museum

Perfect tour to learn a little more about the history of the city. The museum is located in a mansion in the center of the city and has sixteen rooms that exhibit the city's treasures, in addition to thousands of pieces that involve indigenous artifacts, furniture, paintings and even fossils.

2. Church of Saint Benedict

It is worth visiting the Church of São Benedito, which is 142 years old and located in the heart of the city. It is considered one of the most important buildings in the state.

3. Visit Karnak Palace

Considered one of Teresina's postcards, the Karnak Palace has a beautiful white facade and architecture inspired by Greek temples. The place was once the residence of the Baron of Castelo Branco and today is the seat of the Executive Power of Piauí.

4. Encontro dos Rios Environmental Park

In addition to allowing a beautiful view of the meeting of the rivers, with two viewpoints available in the park, it promotes Teresina culture with handicrafts, regional food products, restaurants, trails and fishing spots.

5. Ponte Estaiada tourist complex

Unmissable tourist spot. In addition to the living space under the bridge, this complex has a viewpoint that allows a privileged view of the city. 

Poti River Canyon

O Poti River Canyon It is a beautiful natural heritage that must be known by anyone traveling to Piauí.

Located in the Serra da Ibiapaba region, the place is ideal for practicing adventure sports after the rainy season. Anyone who enjoys canoeing, trekking, cycling and rappel cannot miss visiting it.

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