Day with the family
Praia de Itapuã means “round stone” in the Tupi language. The neighborhood has a sidewalk with coconut trees along the entire seafront, which was all requalified. It is also on the sidewalk that we can see the famous statue of the Mermaid of Itapuã. Visitors can get to know the lighthouse, a true postcard of the city. This neighborhood, eternalized in Vinícius de Moraes verses, has “the presence” of the artist until today.
8:00 am – Big breakfast
Start the day early by eating a big breakfast. Your day will have water sports and walk on dunes. Get your bathing suits, sunscreen and lots of energy.
9:30 am – Move your body with water sports
Located to the north of the city, Itapuã is outside the All Saints Bay. There happens the coral formation called cove – small bay or inlet – making the place a protected area. The calm sea of regular waves is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean with emerald water. In some places, there are large stones that make natural pools. Depending on what spot on the beach you are, you can practice surfing, S.U.P, Kitesurfing and other water sports.
11:30 am – Visit Park of Dunes (Parque das Dunas).
Salvador keeps true environmental treasures in its territory. The Park of Dunes, in Salvador, is the largest urban park of dunes, lagoons and restingas in Brazil. A six million square meters complex based on sustainability: it preserves the dunes and restingas ecosystem in Salvador city, and it’s the last urban source of the country in this category. The white sand mountains can be seen from above, from the observation deck. The tour involves education, environment and ecotourism, as well as exuberant flora and fauna.
You will pass by many species of insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles.
12:30 pm – Enjoy nature
In the seventeenth century, Itapuã was a whaling place. Later, in the 1960s, it became fashionable, and turned up to be the darling of the city’s beaches. Itapuã was the setting place for the movie “Dona Flor” and also home for the playwright/poet/lyricist Vinicius de Moraes and composer Dorival Caymmi. Vinícius composed, with his partner Toquinho, some memorable songs about Bahia, and the famous anthem “Tarde em Itapuã”. It is located near Itapuã Lighthouse, another place that can not be missed: the bronze sculpture of Vinícius is of a natural size.
13:30 – Lunch at Casa di Vina
In Itapuã is located the house where Vinicius de Moraes and Gessy Gesse lived in Bahia. Preserved in its original architecture, the house today houses the Casa di Vina Memorial, open to the public, free of charge, where objects, photos and documents of the couple’s history and of the poet’s little known passage by Bahia are exposed. It also has a restaurant of Bahian cuisine, with emphasis on dishes with seafood.
3:00 pm – A calm afternoon at Barraca do Lôro
Then relax at Beach Club do Lôro, in Flamengo Beach, where you are welcomed by a corridor full of mosaics and works by local plastic artists. A luxury! The space is charming and receptive, can serve large groups and has structure to receive families with children. It offers access to a beautiful beach! It has a Brazilian cuisine of seafood and varied meats in a sophisticated restaurant, by the sea.
Night with the family
5:00 pm – Classic Ribeira ice cream
Save your appetite for dessert at Lower City, where there is one of the most delicious ice creams in town. Ribeira’s seafront, which was already beautiful, is even better after the revitalization. At Ribeira Ice Cream Parlor, the tropical fruit ice cream is the specialty, but there are “traditional” flavors and other creations of the ice cream master. There are more than 60 options. Worth the ride.
6:30 pm – Sunset at Ponta de Humaitá
From the Lighthouse of Ponta de Humaitá, looking at the city, you can clearly understand the terrain shape of the Lower City to the Upper City. This Lighthouse is the only one of the 3 lighthouses in the city situated within the sea water, on Monte Serrat beach’s edge. When the tide goes up, part of the lighthouse structure is submerged and the scenery becomes even more fascinating.
8:00 pm – See the beauties of Santo Antônio
For a perfect night, there is nothing better than strolling through the streets of one of the most charming districts of the city: Santo Antônio Além do Carmo. The streets of historic houses became even more popular after serving as inspiration for the soap opera “Segundo Sol”, shown on Rede Globo.
8:30 pm – A break for shopping
Imagine a beautiful home with an incredible view and stylish decor. Add good taste, objects brought from many places and mainly from Bahia, pictures by the wall, incredible clothes and bags hanging. This is the Boqueirão House (Casa Boqueirão), excellent to buy that special gift or souvenir from the city.
9:30 pm – African cuisine for dinner
Did you get hungry? How about presenting the famous acarajé to the children? This is the perfect place. Zanzibar has exotic dishes such as the African “ébubu fulô”, fish seasoned with ginger and shrimp sauce and banana puree. In addition, there are mini acarajés, excellent for children. The house has a menu inspired by Benin, Africa. The decor is beautiful, the tables are colorful and well-set, religious syncretism is all around. Afro-Brazility with a view of the All Saints Bay!
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Praia de Itapuã. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.