North East Coast
Brazil’s North East Coast, is an untouched wonderland of wild and stunning beaches, colonial hidden gems and Afro-cultural heritage. It’s among the poorest areas in Brazil, but rich in striking landscapes and heart-warming people. From world-class beaches to historical landmarks and extraordinary national parks, the North East coast offers the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.
With an all-year round great climate, we’re struggling to find reasons why not to visit this unexplored part of the country.
Blessed with 2000km of fertile coastline the North East Coast boasts the best beaches in the country. Starting in Natal, this city is famous for having an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, rewarding it with the name of Sun City! Riddled with blissful beaches, quirky restaurants and adventure activities, it makes for the perfect holiday resort. Morro do Careca is a main draw, as a 120m sand dune interwined with tropical vegetation, it’s an iconic landmark of Natal.
Further north offshore, one of the most stunning places in Brazil can be found. Fernando de Noronha is a tropical paradise of 21 islands and islets. Perfected by crystalline waters, wild-sugary beaches and tropical landscapes- theres no place quite like it. Home to rich marine life including an abundance of dolphins and turtles , it’s no wonder Fernando de Noronha is also considered the best diving site in Brazil. With visitor numbers kept to a minimum , it’s unspoilt beauty remains in tact.
Continuing north, lies the former fishing village of Jericoacoara. With sand-paved streets and beaches as far as the eye can see; it’s the perfect retreat away from the bustling busy cities of Brazil. It’s hard-to-reach location, is made worth it for its quality of windsurfing and kite surfing on offer, rolling sand dunes and susprisingly emerald-green sunsets. From Jericoacoara, it’s possible to explore the extensive National Park Lencois Maranhenses; a virtually undiscovered natural phenomenon of sweeping white sand dunes intercepted by deep blue and turquoise lagoons. In the months of May and September when the lagoons are at their fullest, it creates the most spectacular sight.
Not all about sun-drenched beaches, the North East coast of Brazil is also home to a number of perfectly preserved and culture-rich cities. Recife, a vibrant cultural capital of Pernambuco state is the ideal gateway to the charming town of Olinda. Sprinkled with baroque churches, pastel coloured houses and cobbled stone streets, Olinda is one of the prettiest colonial towns in Brazil. The town oozes a bohemian vibe and is brimming with arty wares and galleries. Further north, is the quaint city of São Luís; a World Heritage site and another colonial gem. Like Olinda, the city is filled with ornate palaces and churches, cobbled stone streets and is bursting charm and history. With the fusion of Brazilian, African and Portuguese influences, São Luís is home to a vibrant and lively culture. Any visit will be filled with lively festivals, a myriad of music and dance styles mixed in with an energetic reggae scene.
The North East Coast is nothing less than full of surprises. Made up of an enticing mix of untouched beaches, natural wonders and colonial history, it offers a wonderful flavour of raw Brazil. For those seeking a Brazilian beach holiday that breaks away from the well-known beaches of the South, the North East Coast will provide you with an alternative or additional element to your Brazilian adventure.