Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Attractions in Angra dos Reis, Brazil: What to do and where to go
Nature has created one of its best works of art in Angra dos Reis, offering stunning beaches with emerald water. Here, you can experience numerous activities and water sports, or simply relax. You'll find the perfect beach for any mood, whether it's a hidden deserted beach or a beach overflowing with parties.
On the other hand, history also has its own place in this destination, inviting you to experience its eighteenth and nineteenth century monuments and architecture first-hand, taking you back to important times in the history of Angra dos Reis.
Ilha Grande (Big Island)
Ilha Grande is the largest and most famous island in Angra dos Reis. A paradise for adventurous travelers, this island is filled with paths, waterfalls, 86 beaches, coves, plains and mountains, known as one of the best hiking spots in the region. Abraao, the largest village on the island, offers restaurants, hostels and shopping.
The area has one of the highest numbers of shipwrecks in the world, which create the ideal setting for scuba diving. Make sure to check out Ilha de Guriri, Ilha de Jorge Grego and Ilha dos Meros.
Each of the beaches in Angra dos Reis offers its own unique charm.
- Mambucada Beach, where the Rosario Church is located, features dense vegetation and is popular for camping.
- Brava Beach covers more than 1,500 square feet, surrounded by wild vegetation. It has a variety of beachfront restaurants and bars.
- Secreta Beach is completely deserted and perfect for rafting, surfing, windsurfing and walking.
- Grande Beach is just a few miles from the town's downtown area, and is a popular hotspot for young people. It has bars, stands, live music and exciting nightlife.
- Camorim Beach features crystal clear green waters with white sand.
- Anil Beach has dark, thick sand, along with boat access and a heliport.
- Gipoia Island is a natural attraction with several deserted beaches.
Some of the best spots to visit thanks to their breathtaking scenery are the waterfalls of the Serra do Mar mountain range, including Bracuhy, Ariro, Branqueta and Capureta.
A Cultural Tour
If you want to learn about the history of Angra dos Reis, visit one of its eighteenth century buildings like the Town Hall, abandoned in 1920 and restored ten years later, currently the headquarters for the local government. The Chacarada da Carioca Fountain has a legend that whoever drinks the water from its central spout will never be able to leave the city.
The Aquidaba Shipwreck Monument
The Aquidaba Shipwreck Monument is a granite obelisk built in honor of the Admiralty after the largest shipwreck of Brazilian Navy in 1906; the monument houses the remains of the crew.
Other points of interest are the Old Council Building and Prison (today home to the Town Council) and the Mansao do Morcego (Mansion of the Bat) on Ilha Grande, an old mansion belonging to pirate Juan de Lorenzo.
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