The city of Porto Seguro, gateway to the region known as the Discovery Coast, is a real-life lesson in Brazilian history. It was there that the Portuguese first landed back in the year 1500, eventually falling in love with the whole region. You will certainly feel the same way.
The historic center of Porto Seguro (Cidade Alta), containing houses, streets, and churches dating back to the start of the colonial era in Brazil, was listed as National Heritage by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan) in 1968. The area is home to the Discovery Landmark, the Church of Our Lady of Pena, the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, the Chapel of Saint Benedict, and the Casa de Câmara e Cadeia (the former headquarters for the municipal government, currently the Discovery Museum).
Porto Seguro’s charming roads and architecture
There are lots of beach huts along the waterfront where visitors can enjoy some music and group activities such as dancing and typical axé music shows all day long. The huge huts on Taperapuan Beach, popular with large groups of tourists, are open day and night. Mutá Beach, on the other hand, is home to quieter and more charming options.
The culinary scene is concentrated in the region called Passarela do Descobrimento. The region is renowned for its handicrafts market, as well as for the local restaurants and food stalls selling typical snacks such as cocadas (coconut sweets) and tapioca (cassava flour crepes). Noone can resist the popular Capeta, a local drink made with vodka, condensed milk, cinnamon, and guarana powder.
There is an island surrounded by mangroves between the cities of Porto Seguro and Arraial D’ajuda, called Ilha dos Aquários (Island of Aquariums), which is an amazing option for Friday nights. This open-air leisure complex has huge aquariums with stingrays, sharks, and exotic fish. In addition, there is also entertainment for children as well as music shows, DJs, bars, and restaurants.
There are plenty of luxurious resorts and charming inns along the Discovery Coast. Tourists should take advantage of the fact that Arraial D’Ajuda is so close and spend a few days there. The village can be the base for day trips to neighboring cities, such as Caraíva and Trancoso.
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Porto Seguro Airport operates non-stop flights from several major cities in Brazil, such as Brasília, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and São Paulo.
Personal Vehicles and Rentals
If you are driving to Porto Seguro from Salvador, you will need to take Federal Highway BR-101 to Eunápolis and then Highway BR-376 to Porto Seguro. In total, it is a 440-mile drive.
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Porto Seguro Bus Station operates several interstate bus routes. The nearest major city is Salvador.
Personal Vehicles and Rentals
If you want to visit local attractions in your own time, a good option is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are also available in Porto Seguro.
Porto Seguro Tourism Hotline:
+55 (73) 3012-2782
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
The weather in Porto Seguro is so good that it can be enjoyed all year round. Average local temperature is 25°C, but it can reach 40°C in the summer.