Porto Seguro. Town in Bahia, Brazil

Porto Seguro - Sightseeing and landmarks

Town in Bahia, Brazil

Porto Seguro. Foto: Tayse Argôlo - Setur Photo © Turismo Bahia

Porto Seguro

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Porto Seguro, literally meaning Safe Harbor, is a municipality located in the south of Bahia, Brazil.
What attracts tourists to the city is its beautiful waterfront full of nice beaches both for a day of rest as for an adventure. In addition, the city offers many nightlife options that have attracted more and more young people to Porto Seguro.


Of relevant historical, cultural and tourist importance, Porto Seguro is the place of arrival of the Portuguese in 1500, when Brazil was discovered. The city was founded in 1534 and is fallen almost entirely by historical patrimony, not being allowed the construction of buildings over two floors. It is cut by the river Buranhém that connects the seat to the trendiest districts of Arraial d'Ajuda, Trancoso and Caraíva.
The tourist flow in the region of Porto Seguro exceeds 900,000 annual visitors. Of international tourists, almost half are Portuguese, Argentinean and Italian.
In addition to the historic attractions the region has beautiful beaches, a busy carnival and a cozy atmosphere. Highlights for the Museum of Porto Seguro, the memorial of the Epopéia do Descobrimento, the Monte Pascoal National Park, the Municipal Marinho Park out of Recife, Arraial d'Ajuda Eco Park, the Aquarium of the Island, and Veracel Station.


There are several options for tourist itineraries in Porto Seguro, among them we can highlight the following:

Monte Pascoal National Park

The Monte Pascoal National Park is an important conservation area in Southern Bahia, which aims to protect the rainforest site, the associated ecosystem and the landmark of the discovery of Brazil: Monte Pascoal.
In 1943, the area became protected under the name of Monument Monte Pascoal and in 1961 was transformed into a national park. It has 22,400 ha in area and 67 miles perimeter, in the cities of Porto Seguro and Prado.
The park includes dense rain forest, marshy areas sandbank, swamp and beach. The rivers, Corumbau, Caraíva, dos Frades, Buranhém Jucuruçu and João de Tiba bathe the region.
There are nature trails that go to the top of Monte Pascoal. Other recreational activities include swim or river, watching wildlife and plants, canoeing, boat trip on the river, participation of indigenous cultural events, tasting of Indian cuisine, craft shopping, among others. The visit to the attractions of the park is allowed only with the presence of drivers that can be hired for the price of 20 BRL.

Beach of the Mutá

Small cove framed by coconut trees, Mutá is on the border of Porto Seguro and Santa Cruz Cabrália. Little frequented and with warm, calm, clear waters, the beach is stopping point of schooners and vessels that lead to the Coroa Alta, a bank of coral that forms natural pools at low tide. In the summer, you can make ultralight flights and all year round, by boat to the reefs in the region. The site offers tents structure.

Ponta Grande Beach

The offer of boats to ride, banana-boat and kayak rentals in high season are not able to get the tranquility of the beach goers of Ponta Grande, especially at low tide, when natural pools are formed. Almost deserted - except in summer - is 6 miles from the city center.

Beach of Taperapuan

The most popular beach of Porto Seguro is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the bustle of the city in daylight. Huge tents with restaurant structure vie for the attention of tourists with lots of music, concerts and dances. It has clear and very calm waters. Among the sports activities, offers volleyball, beach soccer and kayaking. Banana boat rides happen daily.

Beach of Itacimirim

Quite extensive - nearly a kilometer - and tilted, Itacimirim is 3.5 miles from the center. The narrow strip of sand hit is taken by lively stalls, which in addition to ashé-music offer various snacks, cold beer and caipirinha. Typical local dishes and also seafood base are served in many restaurants on the waterfront. At low tide, the attraction is due to the natural pools.

Araçaípe Beach

Owner of a calm sea, thanks to the presence of coral reefs, the beach has the remarkable characteristic, the high occurrence of shells in the sand, in addition to the emergence of many natural pools during low tide. Located 1.9 miles north of Arraial offers good tourist infrastructure, with hotels, inns and restaurants.

Mucugê Beach

Central beach of Arraial d'Ajuda, Mucugê is full of beach huts and is packed with families and traveling in high season summer. The natural pools are good for swimming and water sports. In summer it is bonfires and raves scenario go through the night.

Pitinga Beach

This beautiful cove of green waves, is also among the most popular beaches of the Arraial. During low tide, are formed great natural pools for a good bath. Its infrastructure is good, with well-equipped beach huts. In the southern section, less frequented, and bordered by a virgin vegetation, a scene of unforgettable cliffs.

Beach of Nativos

The busiest beach of Trancoso is situated north of the Rio Trancoso bar. There restaurants, inns, hotels and tents seaside that offer from typical food to sophisticated services. With calm waters and reefs that form natural pools, the Beach of Nativos is much frequented by tourists. One of the main attractions are the streams that cross the northern edge of the south. In less than an hour's walk, you arrive at the Rio da Barra.

Activities for Tourists

Among the various activities for tourists in the city of Porto Seguro are:

Mountain Bike

In this activity the tourist can experience an amazing biking through nature trails. There are trails of 30-43 miles and nightly excursions that only happen in full moon nights and with bikes equipped with halogens headlights. Among the itineraries of this activity are the Trancoso / Espelho, 20 miles, with the return in a van, and the Trancoso / Mirror / Trancoso, 40 miles, with round the back on the bike.


The paragliding flight in Pitinga is sensational, the local drivers are very receptive people and give all the tips needed for a safe flight, instructors and local double riders are always very receptive and dominate a good flying technique in cliff, which makes the agreeable and safe flight for everyone.


This is the ideal place for lovers of water sports. The wind from the northeast lets you browse sail boats and also kitesurf and windsurf.
The beach of Araçaipe is one of the most famous for the practice of kitesurfing and you can take lessons of this sport with qualified instructors.

Nautical Ride

The Quinta do Porto in Porto Seguro marina, offers excellent sea tour along the city's coast. Tourists can choose between small and large vessels and indulge in the beautiful scenery along the way. This is a very beautiful, relaxing and cheap ride.

Scuba Diving

With only 10 or 15 minutes of navigation in a speedboat, we arrive at many dive sites. The region is endowed with many coral reefs, ornamental fish and passage areas with shallow depths, and excellent for Open Water divers (Basic). In addition, for those who like shipwreck, there is a freighter that sank in 1980 and called Castor, with the 16m deep with 80m long, and abundant marine life, with different types of corals, situated opposite the beach of Vernelha Crown, right next to the coast.

Quadri Adventure

The off road vehicle more fun of the market. Small groups led by expert guides will take you to explore the trails in the area driving a quad Honda 420 cc. Secure and robust, the hips are easy to handle, making it accessible to all adventure.

Tourist Transportation

Being a tourist town, Porto Seguro has several means of transport to ensure the needs of all tourists. There are motorcycle taxi services (in the center of Porto Seguro, Arraial d´Ajuda and Itaporanga), taxis (in the center, Arraial d´Ajuda, Itaporanga and Vale Verde), and also ferries (in the edge).


With several fine restaurants and traditional houses that offer homemade food, the diversity is huge. The city of Porto Seguro offers a variety of dishes which includes:
  • Acarajé - This dish is a pasta made of beans, onions and salt, which are fried in olive oil-for-palm, this mass can and is usually made with a filling, the most used by the Bahian cuisine is the dried shrimp, pepper and vatapá .
  • Caruru - This dish is like a folder, with okra, shrimp, garlic, grated onion, nuts and peanut sautéed in the oil-for-palm.
  • Moqueca - is a fish stew, usually in a cation because it does not have thorns, with coconut milk, red and green peppers, onion, salt, tomato and of course the oil-for-palm.
  • Sarapatel - the sarapatel is a baked pork kids, with spices such as garlic, tomatoes, chives, coriander, mint and onion, these spices are beaten in a blender, and then is cooked in a pan beaten spices, the pork kids, water and pepper . Usually served with rice and flour.
  • Feijoada - is a dish made with black beans, sausage, bacon, ear and pig tails, cabbage and plenty of seasoning. Being an extremely heavy dish is served with slices of orange that aid in digestion.
  • Lodging

    There is a wide range of accommodations in the city, among them are: Adriattico Hotel, Aquiraz Pousada, Copacabana Pousada, Casablanca Park Hotel, Pousada Barão, Recanto da Praia Hotel, Porto Firme Praia Hotel, Náutico Praia Hotel & Convention Center, Éden Praia Hotel, Estalagem Porto Seguro Hostel, Porto da Barra Hotel, Shangrilá Hotel, Pousada São Luiz, Vela Branca Grand Hotel, Vila Toscana Flat Apart, Villa Del Rey Hotel Pousada and Castanheiras do Village Hotel Pousada.

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    Author: Laryssa Balduino. Last updated: Apr 20, 2015

    Pictures of Porto Seguro

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    Porto Seguro. Photo by André Darugna

    Arraial d´Ajuda - Porto Seguro
    Arraial d´Ajuda - Porto Seguro. Photo by Unknow

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    Porto Seguro. Photo by Interpool

    Operação Porto Seguro em Paz - Porto Seguro
    Operação Porto Seguro em Paz - Photo by Fotos GOVBA

    Porto Seguro. Foto: Tayse Argôlo - Setur  - Porto Seguro
    Porto Seguro. Foto: Tayse Argôlo - Setur - Photo by Turismo Bahia

    Parque Nacional de Monte Pascoal - Porto Seguro
    Parque Nacional de Monte Pascoal - Porto Seguro. Photo by mik_p

    Observação de baleias em Porto Seguro - Foto: Divulgação - Porto Seguro
    Observação de baleias em Porto Seguro - Foto: Divulgação - Photo by Turismo Bahia


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