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....more
+ 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...more
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...more
Sheik is the best restaurant in Ilheus! Is situated at the very top of the hill overlooking the sea. Great fresh seafood is served and great service too. When arriving at Sheik, you must ask to be served by Meire a lovely Baiana girl that works in the restaurant for over 15 years. The tables are overlooking the sea and you can relax and feel the...more
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 other towns.
Though I speak no Portuguese, buying the ticket -- at the Salvador rodoviaria -- was a snap, as I had printed out exactly what I wanted on my computer. ('Rodoviaria,' by the way, is pronounced 'roe-doe-vee-are-zhu.')
I sat in a seat, elevated, directly behind the driver and had a superb view of the road ahead and of the countryside (including remaining portions of the Atlantic rain forest). The fare was a mere R$56,20 (about US$19.60).
By contrast, my return flight to Salvador, on VASP, took barely 45 minutes (in the air) but cost R$531,60 (about US$185.23).
Incidentally, Salvador's rodoviaria is a long way from the center of town, near the huge Iguatemi shopping centre. I took a bus to get there; it cost only R$12 for the 65-minute trip. On the way back I took a taxi: $80, with tip, for the 20-minute ride.
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.
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...more
'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...more
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...more
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...more