Angra dos Reis. Town in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

Angra dos Reis

Town in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

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Angra dos Reis. Photo by David Kirsch
Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality located in the southern state of Rio de Janeiro at an average altitude of six meters and has, in its coastline, 365 islands.
Its present importance gives to the fact of having a subordinate installation, the maritime terminal of Ilha Grande Bay (TEBIG) of Petrobras, located in the East Side area. The terminal handles large quantities of oil and position the port of Angra as one of the busiest in the country. In addition, the city currently hosts the only nuclear power stations in operation in Brazil.
Today, due to the beauty of its beaches and nearby regions, Angra became the strong point of tourism not only statewide but also nationally. It has 365 islands, many of them having national and international celebrity owners.

The clean water beaches, the water warm and full of marine animals, the island surrounded by forest and animal species and also the excellent infra-structure of the city to welcome tourists make Angra dos Reis one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Rio de Janeiro. If you also want to visit the wonderful city and search for a beautiful, peaceful and cozy environment this is the best option for you to settle.

Ilha Gipoia - Angra dos
Ilha Gipoia - Angra dos Reis. Photo by Unknow


After 1872, the city went into decline with the opening of the railways. And returned to occupy a prominent place from 1928 onwards, when an extension of the Mining Network Traffic linked the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás draining its agricultural production. The rail extension in meter gauge still exists and is currently being operated by FCA, being in recovery due to the landslides in recent years.
In the mid-twentieth century, Angra became crucial in the implementation of the National Steel Company (CSN) in Volta Redonda (Wikipedia
	Article) and the port where it was supplied coking coal from Santa Catarina. Currently, the company also uses the port to export steel.


Beach - Angra dos
Beach - Angra dos Reis. Photo by Eduardo Meneghel
Being a coastal city, Angra dos Reis has several beaches along its territory, being the principal ones:

Brava Beach

At 44 km from the center of Angra, this beach is very busy and has an excellent infrastructure to welcome tourists with restaurants, supermarkets, bars, and even clubs.
The Brava Beach has huge almond trees that are used as sombreros, for who just want to feel the sea breeze after splashing in the waves while surfing.

Beach of Mambucada

At 50 km from the city center, this beach also has an excellent infrastructure with bars, kiosks, and several restaurants. In addition, the beach of clean and calm waters also plays host to several popular festivals being one of the busiest in the city.

Beach of Gordas

This is one of the closest beaches to the center- about 3 km from the city center. It is a practically deserted beach and has only one restaurant in its entire length. The beach of Gordas is considered by many as the beach of the mothers because it has in its extension several trees that provide ideal shade for children to play safely.

Beach Grande

This beach is about 4 km from the city center and is quite busy and has many bars, kiosks and several paid and also free parking. This is considered the beach of young people, as in the summer there are several live shows attracting the young people who loves this vibe.

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Angra dos Reis. Photo by Victor Emanuel Reusch


The main islands of the city of Angra dos Reis is:

Comprida Island

This island is about 15 minutes from the center of Angra and can be accessed only by boat - owned or rented.
It is located in the northern part of the Ribeira Bay and is connected to the mainland through the mangroves of Bracuhy marshland. It has lush vegetation and a few small beaches, most privately owned. The beaches are seen only at low tide and are in the northern part of the island and in the Ariró Harbor.

Big Island

This island is about 10 minutes from the center of Angra and can be accessed by boats or boats that leave the continent at various times of the day. On the island you can find several hotels, shops, and restaurants.
This is the largest island in the bay of Angra dos Reis, has beaches and breathtaking visuals. Several of its beaches are accessible only by walking along trails or by boat.

Sandri Island

The Sandri Island is at 15 minutes from the center of the city and can be accessed only by boats - owned or rented. It is much appreciated by divers who search for their marine spells. Its exotic marine wildlife was born thanks to the various freshwater sources that are in place. There are many rare species of fish, corals and algae. Some scholars insist on the claim that the waters there have above the temperature recorded elsewhere in this coastal area, because of the presence of the nuclear power plant reactors. However, ensure the same, there is no risk of contamination.

Gipoia Island?

 - Angra dos Reis
Angra dos Reis. Photo by David Kirsch

Other landmarks

In addition to the various beaches and islands throughout the city Angra dos Reis also has other attractions such as:

Plaza Lopes Trovão

It is in this square that the best craft fairs are held in the city. It also has a gazebo that serves as a stage for small concerts, being a great attraction for those who visit the city and want to know more about its inhabitants.

Church of Piedade

Located on the Piedade Beach, in the Gipoia Island, is a historical bibelot. The green of the sea brings out the small temple painted in white, which has inspired many painters from all over the planet.

Fort Ruins of Leme

Erected by the military engineer, Rosalvo Mariano da Silva, in October 1911, it stands in the way of Maciel Beach, one of the most beautiful of Angra. The battleship belonged to the Riachuelo until 1950 and has many cannons that were never used. Today the guns are abandoned and rusted, along with the ruins of the fort.


In the city of Angra dos Reis, it is possible eat everything, among the main dishes and types of food served in the city are the following:
  • Fish with banana
  • Seafood
  • Spanish cuisine
  • Pizzas
  • Moqueca of Shrimp – a dish made with shrimp, coconut milk and many condiments.
  • French cuisine
  • Oriental cuisine - serving Sushis and Yakissobas, for example.


There are several options to stay in Angra dos Reis, between the various hotels, inns, and guesthouses are: Pousada do Alemão, Acrópolis Marina Hotel; Pousada Casa Atlântica, Golden Tulip Porto Bali; Sossego do Major Hotel, Pousada das Bromélias; Pousada da Leste, Porto de Frade; Angra dos Reis Boutique Hotel, and Club Med Resort among others.

Tourist Transportation

The city Angra dos Reis is set in a sharp tourism growth area in the state of Rio de Janeiro and so there is a large supply of transport in the city.
The tourists who visit the Angra can choose between public transport, which are effective and cheap, and between rental cars and also the famous taxis.


Until the end of 2012 the security in the city was quite precarious, with a high number of robberies and murders in Angra dos Reis. However, the strengthening of civil police in all the city made a drastic fall in the numbers of murders and robberies, and is therefore considered a safe city today.

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Author: Laryssa Balduino. Last updated: Feb 04, 2015

Pictures of Angra dos Reis

Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis
Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis. Photo by Unknow

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Angra dos Reis. Photo by vc.angra

Saveiro - Angra dos Reis
Saveiro - Angra dos Reis. Photo by Rodrigo Soldon

Shops at the beach - Angra dos Reis
Shops at the beach - Angra dos Reis. Photo by Eduardo Meneghel

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Angra dos Reis. Photo by Edouard Brèthes

Angra dos Reis
Angra dos Reis. Photo by Federico Soffici


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