North East Brazil
The highlights of north-east Brazil include the beaches of Fortaleza and Jericoacoara, and the incredible natural spectacle of Lencois Maranhenses National Park.
The coast of north-east Brazil is every bit as beautiful as that of the better-known south and Brazilians have been holidaying here for many years. Family-friendly beach resorts, surfing and windsurfing meccas, freshwater swimming lagoons and endless sand dunes offer something for everyone.
- Cosmopolitan beach resort: Fortaleza, capital of Ceara state, is an established holiday centre with 25kms of beaches, some well-developed and others with a more rustic appeal. Add watersports, restaurants, a good choice of hotels, attractive city centre and a lovely sunny climate and it’s not hard to see why Fortaleza is a popular holiday choice.
- Surfing & sand dunes: Jericoacoara, or Jeri for short, has a laidback, easy-going vibe. While trade winds attract surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers from around the world, the long beaches are great for sunbathing, freshwater lagoons provide safe swimming and the dunes are perfect for buggy rides and sandboarding. Watch stunning sunsets from the dunes before joining one of the many bar parties in Jeri village.
- Natural beauty: Lencois Maranhenses National Park has a landscape quite unlike any other. Undulating sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, 70km along the coast and 50km inland. In the dips between the dunes there are seasonal lakes and lagoons of blue and green. Explore on foot, horseback and by 4x4, swim in a lagoon and watch a magical sunset.
- Sao Luis do Maranhao: More than the gateway top Lencois Maranhenses, this is a lovely colonial town dating back to 1612 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many elegant and ornately tiles colonial buildings in Barrio de Praia Grande some of which house restaurants, shops and museums. Local cuisine reflects the town’s rich heritage with Portuguese, French and Dutch influences.