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A good option to consider for your vacations is Morro de Sao Paulo … This particular piece of the Brazilian Northeast is located on the island of Tinharé, just in front of Salvador de Bahia. It is a paradise that has not quite been reached by civilization. In fact there are no cars in Morro. Just a tractor used to move people to places that are little distant.
The sandy streets lead from its “gateway” to its four beaches, where you can find charming inns and small bars, you will be greeted, with coconut milk, juice and caipirinhas, by locals and many Europeans who have chosen this place in the world to change radically their lives and their concept of time, no one uses clock Morro.
These four beaches are very different one from another. The First Beach has a wide choice of hostels and guesthouses, is also ideal for surfers. The Second Beach is the center of the “movement” in Morro, and also offers the best postcard of el Faro de Morro lighthouse. Is sublime when the landscape is clear of people on the low season, the warm waters guarded by a barrier reef are splendid. Att night, turists can participate in the “luaus” organized spontaneously by the local people. For the one who looks for complete privacy and tranquility, the Third and Fourth Beach, would be ideal.
Be sure to tour the island on foot, on the sand, a tip: do not take shoes, you are not gonna wear them. You can also blend in with the fishermen and take a ride with them in their simple boats that invite you to relax and concentrate on the overwhelming forest and soothing sound of the sea.
Visit Gamboa, a small fishing village, so picturesque, with a unique charm. Enjoy the “natural spa” that is found in the middle of the road and no hesitate to cover yourself with clay which properties promise a smooth, toned and refreshed skin.
SUNSET IN MORRO
Tourists and locals have a silent date each day when the sky begins to stain the most amazing oranges. No one can miss the sunset watched from the best poiint, the old fort near the lighthouse. Peace. the scenery is amazing and the sea takes on a total protagonism during this amazing sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are different options to get to this magical place, where the Portuguese came for the first time in 1531.
At the airport in Salvador, you can choose (depending on your budget)to travel by air taxi, catamaran (fast and sophisticated) or boat (known in Bahia as “lanchinha de Mar Grande”).
If you choose this last option, you will have the opportunity to take a tour in Salvador. It is great to visit the Pelourinho with colorfull and narrow streets, full of mysterious and charming corners. Bahia, color bracelets from do Senhor do Bom Fim da Bahia and palm oil scents, create a unique climate, warm and memorable.
In Pelourinho you will find the traditional Lacerda Elevator and with a 5-cent coin you will be transported (like the 28,000 passengers who do daily) to the Mercado Modelo, traditional and gigantic market with sixty-three crafts shops.
After enjoying a demonstration of capoeira, you can go to the pier and get this lanchinha (boat), in about 40 minutes in this pleasant tour you will reach Mar Grande in Itaparica Island, from there you can go to Valenca (by kombi or taxi) from where boats to Morro leave, you can get the slow or the fast one.
I was working with a cruise ship named New Flamenco. Saturdays we usually anchored in La Goulette, another port of the Tunisian Republic, but there were two or three occasions we had to change the route and had chance to experiment the experience of visiting beautiful Bizerte.
It’s kind of crowded near the port and the main attraction is a street market of those in which you can achieved almost everything. Between eggs, guitars and chickens I spoted a poster of Diego Maradona. I smile. He is everywhere. I also almost bought a scorpion to have as a pet in my cabin, I did not finally, I regret it, it could have been a good company in the tiny “room” I had.
There was also a gorgeous place, right across a river where there were several boats. Children fished and people sat relaxed, smoking a special snuff flavored in the shisha or water pipe (narguile). It is not common to see women in bars in the area, much less alone.
We passed near an old wall near the place and had some lunch in front of a beach. The restaurant staff spoke little English and some French. I spoked with one of them, asking about the pretty and typical yellow flowers that children were selling from table to table. To my great astonishment, the boy began to flirt with me, asked me for my e-mail but for some reason we could never communicate.
The next year my friends returned to Bizerte, they told me they went back to the same restaurant and the nice young man asked about me. He remembered my name and wanted to give me a present. To everyones surprise, he took off a golden medal and asked them to give it to me when they saw me. I never received it … but I find the story charming. I wish I could write to thank him.