Nova Viçosa is the gateway to the Abrolhos Archipelago

Nova Viçosa na Bahia
Nova Viçosa

Nova Viçosa in the south of Bahia has an average annual temperature ranging between 30º and 24º C, providing tourists with complete leisure, with the sun as a permanent companion to warm up the summer in the place, which has more riches than we can imagine.

Nova Viçosa is the gateway to the Archipelago of Abrolhos and for you to know a city with varied tourist attractions and where the best hotels and inns are concentrated. 

The first urban centre that gave rise to the city was founded in 1720 by the “captain of the conquests” João Domingos Monteiro and was named Vila Viçosa.

In every corner of the city, history is alive and striking, with its 18th and 19th century houses.

Tourist attractions of Nova Viçosa

1. Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Building with a programme consisting of a nave, chancel, tower with external access and pyramidal termination. There is a small sacristy next to the Epistle.

The main body, corresponding to the nave, has a central doorway and three windows at the level of the choir, all of which have arched lintels.

The tower has an access door topped by a window at the level of the choir and a bell tower, all with full arches.

Date of creation: Late 18th century
Owner: Diocese

2. Town Hall and Jail

Building on two floors. It has a rectangular floor plan. The frontispiece,

map of the Costa das Baleias
map of the Costa das Baleias

Framed by cornerstones and cornices, it is surmounted by a triangular pediment, in the centre of which are the arms of the Republic.

On the ground floor there is a door with a depressed arched lintel flanked by two windows with iron grilles. On the upper floor there are five windows with full arches.

Date of creation: Late 18th century
Owner: Municipal Department of Tourism

3. Railway Station

This rectangular building consists of two juxtaposed bodies: the ground floor on the right served as a warehouse, while the left, with two floors, was used for administration and passenger accommodation.

It has French tile roofs ending in lambrequins. The boarding and disembarking platform is covered with a zinc roof.

The sobrado, which dominates the volume of the complex, has a door flanked by two windows on the ground floor and three windows on the upper floor. Friezes mark the separation of the two floors and the beginning of the pediment, in the centre of which is a small lobed oculus.

Date of creation: 1897
Maintained by: Nova Viçosa City Hall

4. Sobrado do Porto

Sobrado do Porto em Nova Viçosa BA
Sobrado do Porto em Nova Viçosa BA

Rectangular mansion. The main façade, framed by cornerstones and a cornice, has a door and two windows on the ground floor and four windows on the upper floor, with sash windows.

The front hall is flanked by two windows. All the openings are enclosed by arched lintels.

Date built: Late 18th century
Owners: Heirs of Tula Chaves Pereira

5. Beaches in Nova Viçosa

There are crowded and popular beaches such as Pau Fincado and Lugar Comum, with volleyball nets on the sand, calm sea and several stalls. Further south is the most interesting beach, Costa do Atlântico, which is deserted. The town still has most of the streets on land.

1. Cassumba Island

The most diverse of all the islands, having in its interior typical characteristics of mangrove, cerrado, restinga and Atlantic forest, distributed in 24 km of extension.

The island is supplied by a tangle of rivers that feed the various families that live there. From Cassumba, it is possible to leave for Barra Velha and Pontal do Catoeiro.

2. Barra Velha Beach on Cassumba Island

It has fine, yellowish sand. In certain stretches it is so deserted that bathers often practice nudism. Access by boat from the port in the centre.

3. Praia da Barra 

The waters are murky because of the mouth of the Peruípe River. In front is the island of Cassumba.

4. Pontal Beach

Urban, with white sand and beaten. At low tide, small lagoons usually appear on the sand banks. It has weak waves, coconut trees, pitangueiras and cashew trees. It has rustic bars.

5. Common Place Beach 

As the name suggests, it is the most popular. In summer, the “Iuar” (party under the moonlight) is very popular. Urban beach, with golden and beaten sand, coconut trees, weak waves and warm waters.

6. Reefs and Island of Coroa Vermelha 

Sandbanks form small beaches in the open sea. There is a lighthouse, birds and the surroundings allow good dives. They are reached in 2h by boat from Nova Viçosa.

There are no restrictions on visits but there is no infrastructure either. To the north is Coroa da Barra Island (or Sebastião Gomes Reefs, most often accessed from Caravelas).

It is a deserted island with beautiful underwater landscapes. But the transparency of the marine waters of the region is compromised by the excess of sediments thrown by the mouth of the Mucuri River.

7. Praia do Pau Fincado 

The name comes from a tree brought by the sea that ended up being “planted” in a small square by the city hall. Straight beach, with weak waves and thick, yellowish sand. Busy, it gathers snack stalls. It has inns and campsites.

8. Sabacuí Beach

Extensive cove, with calm waves, with whelks on the thick, yellowish sand. It is good for fishing for sea bass and prawns. It has inns, restaurants and camping.

9. Praia Costa do Atlântico 

Fishing village on a beach with strong waves and warm waters. It has thick, golden sand, undergrowth and coconut trees in the background. Fishing: sea bass and prawns. It has guesthouses. is the largest tourism and travel guide for Bahia and Salvador.

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