Also known as the Coconut Coast, the Green Line stretches for some 124 mi north of Salvador de Bahia and includes Praia do Forte, an old fishing village turned tourist resort, and the huge Costa do Sauipe hotel complex with its 6 hotels. The road that hugs the coastline for some 124 mi runs through many eucalyptus forests and is therefore of some ecological interest.
Also known as the Coconut Coast, the Green Line stretches for some 200km north of Salvador de Bahia and includes Praia do Forte, an old fishing village-come-tourist resort, and the huge Costa do Sauipe hotel complex with its six hotels. The road that follows the coastline for some 200km runs through many eucalyptus forests and is therefore of some ecological interest.
Costa do Sauipe is located 85km north of Salvador de Bahia and is a gigantic hotel complex incorporating five resorts, as well as the Breeze Costa de Sauipe hotel. The complex stands facing a huge fine sandy beach and includes a water sports centre, a spa, an equestrian centre, a fitness centre, a golf course and many other sports facilities. Vila Nova da Praia, the artificial village located at the centre of the complex and featuring typically Colonial architecture, is also home to many bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a pharmacy, a bank and a post office, among other things. The hotels are spread across an area of 170 hectares of impeccably-maintained gardens, along a mangrove and a 6km-long beach. A range of events and activities are also available.
The fishing village of Praia do Forte, just 70km north of Salvador de Bahia, is one of the cradles of Brazilian civilisation and is named after its castle - the only feudal building ever constructed in Latin America - built in 1556 by a Portuguese colonist. This is also where the first Brazilian farm was built, and the restored ruins can still be visited, offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding forest and the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to the constant Atlantic breeze blowing in off the sea, Praia do Forte ('fort beach') offers ideal conditions for surfers and windsurfers, with natural swimming pools forming at low-tide, the crystal clear waters perfect for swimming. The village is intersected by a very busy shopping street where you'll find many bars, restaurants and shops. Don't miss the Tamar project, either, an eco-museum allowing visitors to observe sea turtles and sharks gliding through large outdoor tanks. The centre also helps protect a number of endangered species of sea turtle, including the Leatherback turtle, which can grow to lengths in excess of 6ft and comes here to lay its eggs on the beach from September to March. If you're lucky, you may even get to witness this moving spectacle for yourself! From August to November humpback whales can be spotted from the 12km of beaches lined with 100,000 coconut palms, with fishermen organising boat trips to see them close-up.
One place to enjoy this pastime is the tourist resort and one-time fishing village of Praia do Forte.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Ville avec v'là les fleuve© EASYVOYAGE
The huge hotel complex of Costa do Sauipe boasts six hotels next to a vast, fine sandy beach.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The many eucalyptus forests are perfect for observing from a canoe.© GRAPHICOBSESSION