Ilhéus Travel Guide

  • Jorge and Jorge ( Georg ) in downtown Ilheus
    Jorge and Jorge ( Georg ) in downtown...
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  • Ilheus cathedral as seen from Jorge Amado's house
    Ilheus cathedral as seen from Jorge...
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  • the so called Millionaire's Beach
    the so called Millionaire's Beach
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Ilhéus Things to Do

  • A short walk through downtown Ilheus

    It's an inviting idea to take a stroll through these little busy streets, many of them only for pedestrians..... No stress, very little traffic.... Next to Restaurante Vesúvio and across from Casa de Cultura is Cine Teatro Ilheus, the municipal theater which later also became a cinema.... I'm still dizzy reading about its history, started off with...

  • A visit to São Sebastião Catedral

    The higly visible from everywhere land mark of Ilheus is this practically "brandnew" cathedral. Construction started in 1931 after demolishing the ( very ) old chapel that stood in its place (baffling disrespect for a historic building ) and stalled right away... There were misunderstandings and bickerings re the architect blueprint and other...

  • A supplement to the Casa de Cultura tip

    There's a real curiosity in Casa de Cultura Jorge Amado... I have to admit that I haven't read any of his books but it is probable that he mentioned in his work Bahia's "secret" pagan religion, Candomblé, wild, old, blackest African rituals, obviously brought with the slaves as of the 16th century. Loud drum beatings, black women in simple wide...

  • Casa de Cultura Jorge Amado

    This quaint little "museum" is rather an hommage to the omnipresent Jorge Amado, the greatest son of Ilheus.... Built 1926 during Ilheus' cocoa boom, it is rather modest with its steep narrow staircases and small rooms.... but neatly refurbished and well worth a visit.... again, even though there's honestly not much to see... bleached covers of...

  • A day at one of Bahia's beautiful...

    OF COURSE, when you're at this sunbaked coast. you must spend a whole day at the beach.....Do NOT forget your sunblock !! In Ilheus I only got to know "Millionaire's Beach" ( Praia Dos Milhonários ) and I highly recommend it.

  • Casa de Cultura Jorge Amado

    Jorge Amado was born on a cocoa plantation outside Ilheus, but spent much of his early childhood in the City of Ilheus. His family's townhouse -- one of the more modest of the cocoa baron 'mansions' -- has been nicely restored. Made a museum in 1997, it houses a collection of photographs, books, local artefacts, and personal items of the writer....

  • Port of Ilhéus

    The Port of Ilhéus is the second biggest one in open sea, and serves mainly to trade agricultural products like cocoa.It also has a passenger's terminal, and some cruise lines regularly go there during summer time.

  • Visit to N. S. Piedade Church and...

    In the top of a hill, with the most astonishing view from most of the city.It was built in the 1910's, and since then is has a nunnery and one of the best schools of the city.The church with its towers are very representative of the new-gothic style.

  • ''Cabana Itacarezinho''

    While most tourists are going to 'Itacare' for it beautiful beaches on the way I discored a private beach called: 'Itacarezinho' (little Itacare). Great place to eat, relax and be in touch with nature as NOT many tourists have yet discoverd. The blue clear waters of Itacarezinho is so warm that you almost feel like you are in a spa. Great place and...


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Ilhéus Restaurants

  • a supplement, beach vendors

    Not really a restaurant entry but then also not too far from one......Sitting on our chairs in the shade of "Gabriella's" parasols we watch, among many other things, beach vendors pass by looking for customers to sell their ware...... they offer ice cream, cashew nuts, oysters ( I had more than a dozen, I'm an oyster freak, they were delicious !!!...

  • Enjoy your lunch on the beach

    On the beaches a few kilometers south of Ilheus you will find one "barraca" after the other, dozens.... Barraca, in this case, describes the open air beach restaurants that will tend to all your needs at the beach, toilets, places to change wet swim suits, shady tables, food and drink, lounge chairs..... but the real action is outside on the beach,...

  • Delicious Bahian food next to Ilheus...

    Vesúvio Restaurant, located right in front of the Ilheus cathedral, really looked inviting after an extensive walk through the historical part of downtown Ilheus. We immediately found a shady table on the outside terrace.... Very nice. and at first sight the right place for local ( = Bahian ) food lovers , like me... We ordered first a Moqueca de...

  • Best Place in Town

    A new and fantastic ambient with great paint of beaches and a "Lovers Cove" for 2 people only. Excellent Food with a real good service. Incredible to find this in Ilheus ! We had "Costella" , Lula filled with shrimps and a mouse and german "Rolade" all with exceptional taste especially the sauces were outstanding. On Top the German Cheescake with...

  • Two Bargain Restaurants

    + Gabriela Cravo e CanelaThe restaurant is located in the Ilh?us Praia Hotel. It offers hotel guests a complimentary buffet breakfast.For lunch and dinner the restaurant operates separately from the hotel (guests cannot even charge their meals to their rooms) and is open to the public.+ Sabor de IlheusThis new (July 2003) restaurant abuts Bar...

  • Gabriela Worked Here

    In the novel, Gabriela is hired as a cook by the Vesuvio's owner, 'Nacib the Arab' (Nacib Aschar Saad). They become lovers and everything about her life pleases Gabriela. Fearful of losing her, Nacib persuades her to marry him; the demands of respectability make Gabriela desperately unhappy and she puts horns on Nacib; he gets their marriage...


Ilhéus Transportation

  • Direct flight from Campinas to Ilheus

    I live near Campinas in São Paulo State, the Viracopos Intern'l Airport ( VCP ) is a mere 20 minutes max from my house..... Always half if not completely empty, a delight for travellers, 3 minutes for check-in..... Azul airlines which prides itself for being 100% brazilian ( all their aircrafts built in Brazil by Embraer ) has various daily direct...

  • Travel to Ilheus

    The bus from Salvador to Ilheus took seven hours, from 0900 to 1610. The 'Plus Service' coach of the Aguia Branca line was comfortable, with a clean restroom and a snack service (coffee, bottled water, and cookies) in the rear. Passengers were allowed to debark for a 30-minute lunch break -- at Sao Antonio de Jesus -- and for 10-15 minutes at three...

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Ilhéus Shopping

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    by Sunshinekiss Written Jan 19, 2003

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    What to buy: Everything you can imagine from hammocks, purses, hats using banana straw to beautiful landscapes paintings on tiles.

    What to pay: not much if you are bringing foreign money.

    Local art craft in Ilheus

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Ilhéus Off The Beaten Path

  • A Cocoa Plantation

    The five-hour excursion to Fazenda Primavera, a cocoa plantation 20 kilometres from Ilheus, is well worth taking. It costs R$45 (US$15.68), with an English-speaking guide.Brazil produced more than 90 percent of the world's cocoa crop -- and made a handful of 'cocoa barons' fabulously wealthy -- until after World War II, when a devastating disease...

  • The Cure for Pleasure!

    'BHARMACIA HOMEOTIPICA - A CURA PELO PRAZER' sittuated at Rua Hortencio Castro,08 - Estancia Hidromineral de Olivenca - Bahia is a place where you can find all kinds of amazing Aphrodisiac licours for different kinds of cures. The owner, Mr Miranda makes all these drinks and display all of them from floor to seiling at his bar/chemist. Definitely a...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ilhéus Favorites

  • Ilheus, the small coastal city

    Ilhéus is a coastal city in the Brazilian state of Bahia, just south of the city Salvador. It's a beautiful place with beaches and tropical weather. Not too many foreign tourists find their way to this place as it is too far away the major airports in the country. The domestic airlines in Brazil fly to Eduardo Gomes Airport (IOS) from Salvador...


    There are several good Brazilian novelists, many of their books are translated into English. Paulo Coelho is the new-age novelist, famous for 'The Alchemist' and 'The Pilgrimage'.Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was regarded as Brazil’s greatest writer. His books include 'Quincas Borba', 'The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas' and 'Dom Casmurro'.I...

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