The North Eastern coast of Brazil is where Brazilian outback meets wild beaches, with castaway vibes in abundance. North-East Brazil holidays take you from dry desert land studded by cacti to lush tropical deltas and miles of open sand. Experience simple pleasures alongside raw beauty, whether it’s careering down dunes in an off-road buggy or swimming in forget-me-not-blue freshwater lagoons. In the undulating dunes of Jericoacoara, pared back luxury is enjoyed by a relaxed crowd who make the pilgrimage to its wild beaches and kite-surfing meccas. The harbour city of Fortaleza deserves a stop off,
if only to dine on seafood and dance to the rhythmic beats of forro, while the picturesque fishing village of Pipa overlooks divine beaches, lapped by warm pale blue water. Finally, 220 miles from the mainland east of Pipa lies the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha - a UNESCO Natural Heritage site - consisting of 21 small volcanic islands, isolated in the equatorial South Atlantic. All different, all wonderful.
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North-East Brazil holidays harbour unexpected adventure, perfect for those looking to lose themselves in landscapes that have remained unchanged for centuries. First off, it’s a photographer’s dream boasting sculpture-like sand dunes, lush deltas and wildlife galore. If a barefoot escape is what you yearn for, then Jericoacoara fits the bill - with beach shacks, surf shops and a barefoot beach vibe. Those who delight in nautical pursuits can try an array of exciting water-based activities while traversing the windswept coast. If you haven’t heard of planasub, you will when you are here - it’s a mix between snorkelling and diving where you hold onto a board, towed by a boat, allowing you to soak up the underwater marine life without having to swim. This part of Brazil happens to be one of the best places to do it - especially in Fernando do Noronha where the marine life is flourishing and resident dolphins may join you for the ride. The wild coast also makes for superlative kitesurfing and surfing hotspots, while experienced divers can reap the rewards of its rich coral reef.
What can you find in North-East Brazil that you won’t find elsewhere?
North-East Brazil Holidays are awesome scenery, begging to be explored. The Parnaiba Delta, the third largest in the world, glistens with tropical greenery. Hop on a small boat to explore its towering mangrove swamps and emerald islets, while watching fishermen reel in buckets of shrimp, and spotting rare red ibises flocking to the canopies. Unwind on some of the most unspoiled beaches in Brazil, boasting wonderful simplicity but with all the indulgences – think freshly caught lobster, rolling waves and delicious sea breezes. In the sun-drenched beach town of Jeri, siesta life is a year round thing - it’s all too easy to nod off in a hammock. The landscape changes to the south, around Pipa, where the warm tropical seawater is frequented by turtles and dolphins and the scenery becomes a mix of dramatic cliff faces and giant sand dunes. In the village itself, there are some excellent eateries hidden away for those in the know - we will ensure you are. Then there’s Fernando do Noronha, a protected paradise 200 miles off the coast, where the restrictions on visitor numbers mean you don’t have to worry about sharing the untouched white sand and emerald bays with the crowds. Choose from 14 beaches, some of which are ideal for surfing, while others are more sheltered and perfect for swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing. Flying in, you are given a bird's-eye view of the islands' deserted cream beaches and hills clad in tropical vegetation. Accommodation is on the largest island, also called Fernando, and the only one that is inhabited. The island's controlled visitor numbers means that you will With a year-round temperature of 25°C, Fernando de Noronha is a little piece of paradise.
Special Things to Do in North-East Brazil
Watch the sunset from atop a dune. After days kitesurfing, dune buggying and swimming in Jericoacoara’s (or'Jeri' as it's fondly referred to by locals) crystal-clear lagoons join locals and tourists for a communion of sorts which occurs every evening atop a teetering sand dune. Don’t forget the cachaça-infused cocktails, before climbing to the sandy summit where you’ll be treated to phenomenal ocean views and an ocean sunset because Jeri, unlike many spots on this coastline, faces west. As the light begins to fade, gaze at the crashing waves below and watch the sun disappear into the Atlantic Ocean. A truly bewitching and unforgettable moment to enjoy, before you head back to town for capoeira and more cocktails.