North East Brazil
The North East of Brazil is noticeably different to other parts of Brazil with its distinctly African flavour.
Salvador, the capital of Brazil until 1763, is still the third-largest city and a cultural hub. Its historic centre has many well-preserved colonial buildings and enticing restaurants serving local Bahian dishes. It is worth spending a few days in Salvador to discover and enjoy this vibrant city before heading off to the coast or elsewhere.
Along the palm-fringed coast are a whole range of stunning beaches and resorts in many different styles. Praia do Forte is a typically Brazilian beach town with its attractive palm-fringed beaches. Beautiful Trancoso is more upmarket and offers sophisticated boutique hotels. Iticare is a lively surf resort. Marau Peninsula remains off the beaten track and is perfect for those seeking unspoilt Brazil.
Further north and accessible from Recife are Porto de Galinhas, one of Brazil’s best and most famous beaches and is now extremely popular with Brazilian tourists. Exclusive Fernando de Noronha, a stunning island over 200 miles off the northeast coast of Brazil with sweeping golden sandy beaches and clear waters that are superb for snorkelling and diving, is sought out by those looking for a discreet, exclusive hideaway.