sexta-feira, 15 de abril de 2011



Nestled in a valley between the Jequitinhonha River and the Atlantic Ocean, Belmonte was so named in allusion to the town of the navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral. The imposing river travels through extensive mangrove swamps and coconut plantations until the encounter with the sea. The deserted beaches, a stronghold of peace, complete the simple landscape.
In flood season, the clay Jequitinhonha carries its banks, making the red soils. So, get a humidity conducive to the abundance of crustaceans, not for nothing, yielding to the city the nickname "the capital of guaiamum. Some colonial mansions testify to the good times of growing cocoa in the late nineteenth century. In the center of town, draws attention an impressive lighthouse. Commissioned in 1892 the same company that built the Eiffel Tower, the Lighthouse of Belmonte justifies the current location because of an unexpected decrease of 1,500 from natural sea water.
The historical assumption suggests that the first "signs" of land sighted by Cabral's fleet departed Jequitinhonha River, much more voluminous 500 years ago. The Atlantic species - herbs floating tree trunks and roots - swept away by the force of the water, floated at the mercy of ocean currents.


So named in allusion to the birthplace of the navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral.


A city full of mysteries, traditions, cultures, landscapes, exotic places, interesting people, paradise beaches and other things unexplored by me and you. Discover Belmonte, Bahia!


Leaving Porto Seguro and take the BR-367 northward to the city of Santa Cruz Cabrália. In Cabrália, cross the river by ferry to the João de Tiba wharf of St. Andrew. From there, take the BA-001 to Belmonte.

Another option is to leave Salvador and follow the BR-101 to the south of the state, to the junction with the BA-275 which leads to the locality.


Southern Bahia

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