Itamaraca IslandApprox. Time: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

The island of Itamaraca, is separated from the continent by the "Santa Cruz" channel. Its roads are surrounded by coconut trees lead to innumerable beaches and monuments, a unique combination of landscapes and history. Its main attractions are:

Forte Orange: built in 1631 by the Dutch as the first bastion of defense of the land just conquered, it was taken back by the Portuguese in 1654 and reconstructed in accordance with the Portuguese architectural style. Its 13 cannons remain today respectably pointing to the sea of green calm waters. The walls of the Fortress have resisted for more than 350 years to the beating of the waves during high tide. From the beach in front of the Fortress, you can take a raft until the "Coroa do Avião", an islet in the entry of the "Santa Cruz" channel. Or, if you prefer, take a ride on a glider: the view is breathtaking. The "Coroa do Avião", breakpoint of small migratory birds called "maçaricos", is also an excellent point to practice some nautical sports: jet-ski, banana-boats, rafts and sail boats are available to be rented by the tourists.

Vila Velha: Small village with a church of the 17th century, still preserved. The view from "Vila Velha" is astonishing: to the left, the "Forte Orange" protects the island against perils coming from the sea; to the right, the "Santa Cruz" channel separating the island from the continent. You can see all of this from "Porto Brasilis", mix of studio and restaurant of the artist/cooker Luiz Jardim. The food and preparation of the food is extremely pleasant.

Manatee Preservation Center: opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 16hs, it is an excellent place to see the Manatee, an exotic marine mammal native from the waters of the island.