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Ilha do Mel

Why visit Ilha do Mel?

The island is a year-round tourist attraction for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s popular with surfers too, particularly in the summer months. The fact that you can only reach the island by boat, and that there are no cars or motorbikes on the island, simply adds to the attraction. Reasons to visit Ilha do Mel include:

  • Over 90% of the island is a protected ecological preserve and there are 24kms of beaches
  • Get around the island on foot or rent a bicycle to explore the far reaches
  • The island attracts surfers, some of the beaches are the best in the state for surfing. Try a couple of surfing lessons while you are here
  • There are 5 tiny villages on the island, Fortaleza, Farol, Brasilia, Praia Grande and Encantadas, each has wonderful ocean views
  • The lighthouse, Farol das Conchas, is well worth a visit. Climb the 144 steps to enjoy panoramic views of the entire island
  • Fortaleza (fortress) and Gruta de Encantadas are also among the island's attractions. The Encantadas cave is on a quiet beach, a great opportunity for photos. Legend has it that mermaids once lured men to the cave, never to be seen again
  • The fortress canons and thick walls were designed to protect the island against invasion, although this only happened once, in 1850. The canons are still in place today, pointing out to sea and there are amazing views of the bay from the ramparts
  • Take a boat trip around the island, spend some time in Baia dos Golfinhos (Dolphin Bay), you may be lucky and see dolphins at play just metres from your boat

When to go to Ilha do Mel

In summer Ilha do Mel gets rather warm with November seeing the highest temperatures. Throughout the winter months evenings can be cool so be sure to pack a light jacket. Comfortable shoes are a must as you will be doing a lot of walking here, it’s the easiest way to get around.

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Time: GMT -3 hours

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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.


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There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.



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