Beautiful beaches, tropical forest, rivers, waterfalls, good waves for
surfing, adventure sports, this is Itacaré... a small village 440km south
of Salvador, hidden between the Atlantic Rain Forest, the Rio das Contas
After the declining of cocoa culture, in 40’s the town was abandoned and
stayed forgotten for decades until was recently rediscovered by tourism.
For many years, the difficult access to Itacare – more than 50 km on dirt
roads – kept it isolated. The road connecting Ilheus to Itacare, the BA-001
state highway, was finished in 1998. Now Itacare is a refuge for nature
lovers, surfers and those in search of the real Bahia.
The county has 746 km2 of territory and about 20,000 inhabitants, 60% living
in rural areas. The charm of the past is present on cobblestone streets
and old houses. Nightlife in Itacare is very lively because of its many
bars and restaurants.
Its coast is a succession of beaches and hills covered with woods and palm
trees. The beaches located near the city are the ones most frequented and
have very good tourism infrastructure. The most distant ones are deserted
and beautiful, but only very few can be reached by car. There are still
some beaches so small and hidden away that they do not appear in any guidebook.