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Ilha dos Frades, beautiful ecological stronghold within the Bay of Todos os Santos

 23/05/2021 | Posted by: Ramon Andrade
Panoramic view of Ponta de Nossa Senhora - Photo: Visit Brazil
Panoramic view of Ponta de Nossa Senhora - Photo: Visit Brazil

Right from the top of the church of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, it is possible to see the calm waters that surround the Ilha dos Frades. Located within the Bay of Todos-os-Santos, this beautiful paradise is enriched by an immense Atlantic Forest, composed of 08km in length, occupying a territory resembling the shape of a 15-pointed star.

One of the strongest features of 'Ilha dos Frade's is its religiosity, a rich heritage of the Jesuit occupation, evidenced in its two churches called' Igreja Nossa Senhora do Loreto ', located on the beach of the same name and the' Igreja Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe ', which is on the beach of Ponta de Nossa Senhora, both from the XNUMXth century.

The island is happy with beautiful landscapes, beaches, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, coconut trees, a typical vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, composed of numerous native trees, especially the Brazilwood that leave everyone who visits it, completely enchanted.

According to the oldest inhabitants of the region, the island received this name at the beginning of colonization, when two friars were murdered by the Tupinambás, who intended to catechize them.

Considered as a true ecological stronghold, due to being right in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, its main tourist attractions are its renowned beaches, such as 'Praia Ponta de Nossa Senhora', the most visited, which besides hosting a church, it is famous for serving delicious seafood dishes.

The 'Praia do Loreto', on the other hand, has a calm sea and transparent waters, in the middle of a vast forest, and also houses a church of the same name. Another beach widely visited by tourists is the 'Praia da Viração', also with very transparent waters and dense vegetation. There is also 'Praia de Paramana', a small fishing village that has numerous reefs.

Below, learn more about the characteristics of each of them:

Ponta de Nossa Senhora Beach
Ponta de Nossa Senhora Beach
Located in the northern part of the island of Frades, between the Morro de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe and the Outeiro dos Carneiros in Salvador-Ba, the 'Praia de Ponta de Nossa Senhora' is one of the most visited beaches on the Ilha dos Frades, mainly due of its warm and crystalline waters, excellent for a beautiful bath, as well as, it is suitable for fishing, diving, among other nautical sports. There are also several beach huts on the beach, serving delicious seafood and fish.

The beach received an indication in 2015 to receive the 'Blue Flag' certificate, an international quality seal program created in France in 1980 and which is considered the most important in its category on the entire planet. This beach was officially approved in October of that year, to receive the seal, by an international jury. 

For inexplicable reasons by the organization, the certificate was withdrawn and the beach returned to the pilot position, being later in October 2016 recertified with the Blue Flag Seal for the 2016/2017 season. Thus, the municipality of Salvador was the third in Brazil, as well as the first in the North and Northeast to have a beach with this very important certificate.

Loreto Beach
Loreto Beach
A delicious beach with calm sea and transparent waters, located in the middle of the vast forest, the 'Praia de Loreto' has in the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Loreto, its most famous postcard. The chapel was built in 1645, by Francisco da Costa, owner of Ilha dos Frades at the time and, being rebuilt in 1756, by a brotherhood. Subsequently it was completely renovated in 1876, by Lieutenant Cel. Fortunato Jr. da Cunha, according to information transcribed in the temple itself. Its elegant facade, with volutes and counter-volutes, is from the XNUMXth century

Around the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Loreto there is also an area of ​​ceremonial events, which was recently opened, called 'Ceremonial Loreto'. The space holds up to 1200 people in celebrations and exclusive events, with complete structure. There is also the 'Baía Viva Foundation', which develops various activities on the island, from environmental preservation to professional training and stimulating cultural manifestations in the community.

The organization, maintenance and exploration of the space is the responsibility of the gastronomer Ed Buacoski and the designer Joana Pinho, owners of the consulting company Raiz Cultural.

The facilities consist of an event space and the Main House. It also has beautiful gardens with fans with steam system, as well as a dance floor. The mansion, on the other hand, has a guest accommodation area on site. They have complete structure, with air conditioning and equipped kitchen. There is also a kind of museum, which tells the history of the island, going back to the gastronomic culture, the arts and the religiosity of the communities.

Paramana Beach
Paramana Beach
Located in a very preserved stretch of Atlantic Forest, in the central area of ​​the Island, the 'Praia de Paranama', has a small village, with houses of native fishermen and vacationers. The beach is conducive to fishing, diving and other water sports. During low tide, numerous natural pools reappear, due to the presence of reefs.

In order to reach Paramana, as well as in all the other beaches of Ilha dos Frades, it is necessary to use boats.

During rainy periods, temporary waterfalls appear, which people confuse as a waterfall. They are waters accumulated in the highest parts of the island that descend towards the sea.

Viração Beach
Viração Beach 
With an extensive coconut grove and highly sought after for the practice of nudism, as it is still quite deserted, the 'Praia da Viração' is located in the central part to the left of the island of Frades.

Due to the existence of obstructions and the low depth at low tide, their access to the sea is somewhat risky. Its waters are extremely clean and very transparent, facilitating the good practice of diving.

The most deserted of the beaches of Baía de Todos os Santos, the 'Praia da Viração' has Atlantic Forest, rock formations with an extensive coconut grove framing the place, very white sand, besides a lot of tranquility.

Considered as the favorite of fans of nudism and those who want direct contact with nature, without the interference of man, at 'Praia da Viração' there is no infrastructure, however, it allows delicious baths at any stage of your tide and, its clear waters, have the same characteristics of the whole region.

How to get to Ilha dos Frades:
There are two ways to get to Ilha dos Frades. The fastest and most enjoyable is through schooners that depart from the Nautical Center of Bahia. During the crossing, you have a beautiful view of several islands in the Todos os Santos Bay and the Bahian capital. The tour costs between R $ 55 and 65 per person, with daily departures at 09 am and return at 17 pm. Reservations must be made in advance through the internet, especially in high season, which is when the flow increases considerably.

You should not leave to buy tickets at the time of boarding, as you may not be able to get seats on the vessel, as well as, you should not buy at the hand of money changers (those people who have signs in front of the port, offering these tours) of which , most are clandestine and the vessels are precarious and uninsured.

It should be noted that safety in this type of transport is essential. There are several receptive agencies that sell this type of tour, of which, we recommend the 'Schooner Central'with more than 19 years in the market. More information on the website www.centraldeescunas.com.br  Telephones: 71-99639-3982 mobile or 71-99276-0319 mobile and WhatsApp. Another company we recommend is'Apolonio Tourism' Telephone: 71-3326-3975, also with extensive experience, as well as the 'Privetur'  Phone: 71-3205-1401

Suggestion: Before hiring these services, it is advisable to always check the Fanpages (Facebook) of the agencies and check the rating and comments on the tours taken.

There is also the option of going from Salvador to Madre de Deus via the BR-324, towards Feira de Santana. It is 32 km to the junction with BA-522, towards Candeias, and another 20 km to the center of Madre de Deus. From there you can take small boats that take you to different points of Ilha dos Frades.

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By: Ramon Andrade
Salvador BA
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Viração Beach - Photo: Drimkamtru
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