PIRATES,CORSAIRS AND PRIESTS..
..the economy of the Portuguese settlements was based on Brazilian coastal woods,which was felled and shipped back to Europe.
Portuguese vessels were at the mercy of Dutch and French corsairs until 1615,when the Portuguese defeated their European foes,founded "Santa Helena De Cabo Frio",
and took the French built "Fort of San Matheus",to protect their trade.
In time,the Franciscans joined the sttlement and built the "Nossa Senhora Dos Anjos" convent.
They were followed by the jesuits at "Campo Novo" farm.
By the 1800's,with the Brazil woods satnds completely destroyed at the region,the economy was geared toward fishing,and recently,tourism,salt works and chemical industries.
Here the map of CF you can have at the central bus station..
CHURCHES AND HISTORY
Some interesting points to see here,and what helps to understand what is or better say,was,the importance of Cabo Frio at the general historic contest of the region are:
1.Casa do Povo(charitas):there's a library with a section about historical memories of Cabo Frio,a collection of paintings hy Cabo Frio's artists and a marine collection.
2.San Matheus Fort:finished in 1616,it's a must for tourists,located at the end of "Do Forte" beach.
This stone fortress,a stronghold against the pirates,is open from 10:00 to 16:00 from tuesday to sunday.
3.Nossa Senhora Dos Anjos monastery:located at "Largo De San Antonio",has XVI century furniture,statues and paintings are kept safe by the high walls of the little cemetery inside it.
In front of the monastery is the "Cruzeiro Da Pedra de San Antonio,dating from the XVI century as well.
Also a must see "Morro Da Guia",with its chapel and Nossa Senhora Da Asuncao church,built in 1615,its interior has wonderful paintings representing the 4 apostles and a historical statue of the saint which gives name to the church,brought from Braga,Portugal.
The mother church,restored in 1951,is noted for the baroque altar.
Beaches, dunes and fun
Famous for its ocean beaches and its white sand dunes, Cabo Frio is the most developed city of the “Sun Coast”.
The Portuguese built the Sao Mateus Fortress, in 1620. It names the city’s most beautiful and famous beach, the “Praia do Forte” (Fortress’ beach). The “Praia do Forte” beach area u can meet an interesting people, chat and watch an astounding sunset.