Main Tourist Spots of Piauí

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Ilha Grande do Piauí
Ilha Grande do Piauí

More than a multitude of exuberant scenarios are in Piauí lands, such as Delta do Parnaíba, Sete Cidades National Park, Capadócia Piauiense, Oeiras, Serra da Capivara, Poti River 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.

Tourist map of Piauí
Tourist map of Piauí

Main Tourist Sites of Piauí

  1. Delta do Parnaíba
  2. Luís Correia PI
  3. Barra Grande PI
  4. Seven Cities National Park
  5. Piauíense Cappadocia
  6. Oeiras PI
  7. Serra da Capivara
  8. Teresina PI
  9. Poti River Canyon

1. Parnaíba Delta

The tour of the Parnaíba Delta begins at the port of Tatus, in Ilha Grande, 9 km from Parnaíba.

It is where you will find 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 at Pedra do Sal beach, a 20-minute drive from the centre of Parnaíba, visitors can watch the flight of the guarás – a reddish bird species – and a spectacle of nature.

Delta do Parnaíba no Piauí
Delta do Parnaíba no Piauí

One of the most famous tours is the archipelago tour, 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. According to legend, the lagoon arose from the tears of the Indian Macyrajara, who cried for days the death of his love.

One of the most popular destinations in the region is Ilha das Canárias, the second largest in the Parnaíba Delta, which is home to a fishing village with more than 2,500 inhabitants.

An environmental preservation area, the island is part of the Delta marine extractive reserve and its population is distributed in four villages: Canarias, 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 historical part of Parnaíba, especially the Porto das Barcas. There are old warehouses built at the beginning of the 20th century to store babassu and carnauba wax. Today the colourful houses are home to restaurants, shops, bars and inns. It’s a perfect place for hiking.

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

Mapa do litoral do Piaui
Mapa do litoral do Piaui

2. Luís Correia PI

The large number of beaches on the 46-kilometre stretch of coastline makes the city of Luís 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.

Luís Correia no Piauí
Luís Correia no Piauí

The beaches are the great sensation of Luís Correia! Among them we can highlight the Praia de Maramar, ideal for kitesurfing; the Praia de Macapá with its beautiful natural pools; the Praia do Coqueiro   with its calm and warm waters with weak waves; the Praia de Itaqui, one of the most beautiful and quiet in the region; and the Praia de Atalaia, the most famous and one of the postcards of the city.

Luís Correia PI
Luís Correia PI

Meet the 9 best tourist attractions in Luís Correia

2.1 – 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. When it reaches its mouth, it separates Barra Grande beach from Macapá beach.

2.2 – Maramar Beach

A paradisiacal beach away from urban centres, suitable for swimming and kitesurfing, which attracts tourists from all regions of Brazil and the world, most of them kitesurfers. The beach has a complete accommodation structure, with inns and resorts.

Praia de Maramar em Luís Correia PI
Praia de Maramar em Luís Correia PI

The gastronomy is also one of the attractions of this beach that is only 25.9 km from the centre of Luis Correia.

2.3 – Macapá Beach

Macapá beach is really a little corner of paradise hidden in the small coastline of Piauí. In addition to the beauty of the natural pools, this place has gained fame for the strong winds favourable for kitesurfing; sailors from various places frequent this place.

Macapá Beach in Luís Correia PI
Macapá Beach in Luís Correia PI

Praia do Macapá is located at the mouth of the Macapá River and is a very rustic beach in the region. It has few kiosks on the shore and a differentiated setting, with a wide strip of sand framed by carnauba trees – typical palm trees of the region.

The crystal clear sea forms incredible natural pools at low tide due to the sand banks. Therefore, Macapá Beach is a great option for those travelling with children, but don’t forget to take a beach kit to spend the day without worries.

Refreshing swims are a must on this beautiful beach. Those who love hiking will get lost in the immensity of Macapá Beach, being able to walk kilometres and enjoy all the beauty of Luís Correia.

2.4 – Itaqui Beach
Praia do Itaqui
Praia do Itaqui in Luís Correia PI

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

2.5 – Coqueiro Beach
Coqueiro Beach in Luís Correia PI
Coqueiro Beach in Luís Correia PI

Coqueiro beach 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 has given way to summer houses and is located about 10 km from the centre of Luís Correia. The waters are calm and warm with weak waves and clear sand.

2.6 – Atalaia Beach

Also known as Armação beach – it is one of the city’s postcards and the most famous.

Praia de Atalaia em Luís Correia PI
Praia de Atalaia em Luís Correia PI

Atalaia beach is one of the most frequented by tourists and the largest and most urbanised beach on the coast of Piauí, with 15 km in length.

The beach has a great structure for tourists from bars, restaurants, shopping, ice cream parlours, access to wheelchair users, inns and hotels. This beach is the most recommended for children and the elderly because it has a large strip of sand, with shallow and calm waters.

2.7 – Árvore Penteada

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Arvore Penteada em Luís Correia PI
Arvore Penteada em Luís Correia PI

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

2.8 – Mooring Port

The Port of Amarração is the only maritime port in the state of Piauí.

2.9 – Natural Pools

At low tide, some pools form in the corals completely changing the landscape of Macapá Beach. 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 reach the sea, but this will not be a sacrifice.

3. Barra Grande PI

Barra Grande 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 emphasis on the practice of Kitesurfing, due to its strong winds that provide ideal conditions for the realisation of this sport.

Barra Grande PI
Barra Grande PI

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

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

Accommodation options in Barra Grande vary between hotels, inns, chalets where guests enjoy the stunning sea view.

It is also a target of visits of 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 the constancy allows the practice of sports in different ways, between beaches and dunes, winds and waves, the practice is not limited to a single modality.

3.1 Tourist attractions of Barra Grande PI

Kitesurfing

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

Windsurfing

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

Kayak Tour through the Mangrove
Marine Horse

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 are the colourful seahorses.

4. Sete Cidades National Park

The Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades, in Piauí, is a place where the scenic beauty of the walls and rock formations serve as a frame for a journey into the past illustrated by cave paintings.

The park is located in the centre of the state of Piauí.

Sete Cidades National Park map
Sete Cidades National Park map

Past and present are mixed in the more than 6,000 hectares of the park, which is also a zone where the Caatinga meets the Cerrado.

Sete Cidades National Park in Piauí
Sete Cidades National Park in Piauí

Peiqui and juazeiros trees come together in the same landscape that unites flora and fauna typical of the two biomes.

The Sete Cidades National Park in Piauí, Brazil.

The mixture only further enriches the natural beauty of the park, which also has waterfalls, wells and lakes that guarantee a refreshment to the hot climate of Piauí.

5. Cappadocia Piauiense

An almost unknown hinterland 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 beauty under the name Capadócia Nordestina.

Capadócia Piauiense
Capadócia Piauiense

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

As time went by and the stones appeared, some so engrossed this place that it came to be considered a sanctuary, while for others it was the discovery of an open-air museum, with pieces sculpted by the wind that managed to play with everyone’s imagination.

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

The place, which has a size of 2,500 hectares, after a special report broadcast by Globo Repóter, gained fame as Capadócia Nordestina, or simply Capadócia. It has become a tourist spot in the interior of Piauí and an attraction for those who like adventures.

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

6. Oeiras PI

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

Oeiras PI
Oeiras PI

To visit the city of Oeiras is to go back in time. The city has a Historic Centre, colonial houses from the 18th and 19th century, among other tourist attractions. The city’s hotel chain is prepared to serve large numbers of tourists, “he said.

Oeiras is considered the oldest nucleus of Piauí and cradle of the history and colonisation of the State. “Here is a bit of the history of Brazil. We still preserve collections, buildings and even gastronomy, “said Stefano.

Religious tourism

Holy Week in Oeiras is the largest religious festival in the state, a period in which the city receives the largest number of visitors. In fact, the programme begins practically a month before Holy Week. There are masses, vigils, Stations of the Cross through the streets of the cities and religious sightseeing 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 Centre, and the traditional “Procession of the Fogaréu”, accompanied only by men carrying lamps and candles, while the women stay in the churches praying.

Forty days after Easter, there is the celebration of the Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit. A Portuguese tradition that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. Oeiras is dressed in red and white. Every year a new home is chosen to house the image of the Divine. The family chosen is the home of the image of the Divine for one year.

7. Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara (PI) is home to millennia-old traces of the history of the settlement of the Americas. Famous cave paintings from the site also inspire the production of ceramic handicrafts in the Piauí hinterland.

Serra da Capivara PI
Serra da Capivara PI

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, paintings and rock engravings are hidden, which are considered graphic forms of communication used by prehistoric groups that inhabited the region at least 6 thousand years ago.

8. Teresina PI

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

Teresina PI
Teresina PI

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

Teresina is a very green city.

Some people also call it the “Mesopotamia of the Northeast”, since the central part of the city is located between the Poti River and the Parnaíba River, which belong to the Parnaíba River basin.

Things to do in Teresina

1. Get to know the Museum of Piauí

Perfect tour to learn a little more about the city’s history.

The perfect tour to learn a little more about the city’s history.

Museu do Piauí
Museu do Piauí

The museum is located in a mansion in the centre of the city and has sixteen rooms that exhibit the city’s treasures, as well as thousands of pieces involving indigenous artefacts, furniture, paintings and even fossils.

2. Church of St Benedict
Igreja de São Benedito em Teresina PI
Igreja de São Benedito em Teresina PI

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
Karnak Palace in Teresina PI
Karnak Palace in Teresina PI

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

4. Meeting of the Rivers Environmental Park
Parque Ambiental Encontro dos Rios em Teresina PI
Parque Ambiental Encontro dos Rios em Teresina PI

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

5. Ponte Estaiada tourist complex
Tourist complex of the cable-stayed bridge in Teresina in Piauí

Unmissable tourist attraction. In addition to the living space under the bridge, this complex has a lookout point that allows a privileged view of the Teresina city.

9. Poti River Canyon

The Poti River Canyon is a beautiful natural heritage that needs to be known by anyone travelling to Piauí.

Cânion do Rio Poti PI
Cânion do Rio Poti PI

Located in the Serra da Ibiapaba region, the place is ideal for practising adventure sports after the rainy season. Those who enjoy canoeing, trekking, cycling and rappelling, can not fail to visit it.

See also Guia de Turismo e Viagem do Piauí 

North East and Piauí Tourism Guide

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