Brazil Destinations, Ilhéus

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Founded in 1534, Ilheus is located between the ocean and the Atlantic Forest in southern Bahia. With
its 100 kilometers of white sandy beaches, Ilheus has an average annual temperature of 24oC. Ilheus
became famous for its cocoa plantations which made the prosperity of the city and this influenced the
architecture and the mood of the historic city center. The city is also very famous thanks to the writer
Jorge Amado, who became internationally known through his works. Ilheus has approximately
222,000 inhabitants, with an area of ​​1850 sq. km, and its downtown is located 1 km away from the
Atlantic Ocean. Once one of the biggest exporters of cocoa beans, nowadays the city depends
almost entirely on tourism.
The historic center sights are the postcard of the city, the Cathedral of San Sebastian, the famous
Bar Vesuvius, Bataclan, Municipal Theatre and the House of Culture Jorge Amado. Among the tours
of the area are excursions to the Cocoa Farms, Rio de Engenho, the Enchanted Lagoon and the
village of Olivenza.
The Atlantic Forest reserves make of Ilheus and surroundings a beach destination with great charm.
Protecting the coast and framing tracks, there is the forest and all its biodiversity. Cocoa, which gave
the city great fame, is present on farms open to visitors, while the remnants of the glory days are
stored in the Historical Center, in the form of preserved mansions.
Framed by palm trees, Ilheus beaches have good structure stalls and kiosks. The southern coast
offers good waves and surfers gather in Back Door and Batuba Beaches. To the north, the Atlantic
Forest accompanies almost every edge, very quiet. Among the urban beaches, the center stands out
for rides on the bike path and the sports courts.
The memories of the heyday of cocoa cycle, in the early 20th century, are stored in the beautiful
mansions with neoclassical facades of Ilheus History Center, which now house cultural centers,
theaters, restaurants … One of the highlights is the Culture House Jorge Amado, that is housed at
the residence where the acclaimed author lived. On the outskirts, spaces that served as the setting
for the beloved stories lend charm to the tour, like Vesuvius bar with tables on the sidewalk, and the
Bataclan cabaret, with rooms for exhibitions and shows.
Churches make a separate chapter, as the sumptuous Cathedral of San Sebastian and the old
Church of São Jorge dos Ilheus, with sacred art museum. As for the villages, as Rio do Engenho e
Rio do Braco, through its ruins preserve the memories of wealth periods.

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