Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte – 3 hours, good swim

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To see Visiting Praia do Forte

The Praia do Forte challenges the Morro de São Paulo as the favorite beach in the region of Salvador.

​With less natural beauty, it benefits from the easiest access and greater commercial structure.

Chapel

Visiting Praia do Forte
Chapel

In great prominence for its whiteness, in the beach of the port, the church of San Francisco is a modest construction, apparently the work of the fishermen in 1900.
It’s a nice element and it denotes great care of conservation.

Beach

Praia do Forte
Beach

14 kilometers long, the beach provides a big diversity of options from hiking to diving, or just to bath in the natural pools or the open waters.

The big movement is in Praia do Porto, by the chapel, and the best pools seem to be in Papa-Gente, to the north

​In high tide, the hidden reefs may be dangerous.

Natural pools

Praia do Forte
Visiting Praia do Forte

Some of the biggest attractions on Bahia’s beaches are the natural pools. I confess that, after having been in Maragogi and Porto de Galinhas, none of the ones I saw impressed me much, however, I did not go very far at Praia do Forte, and I did not see the famous pools of Papa-Gente.

Tamar project

Praia do Forte
Visiting Praia do Forte

The Salvadoran coast is a privileged nesting site for turtles (and whale breeding). In 1980 the Tamar Project was created to study and protect turtles. Of the 21 bases scattered throughout the country, Praia do Forte is the most interesting and well-equipped to visit, with the extra show in December and February of liberation on the sand by the biologists of the newborn turtles.

Commerce

Praia do Forte
Visiting Praia do Forte

The heart of Praia do Forte is the Vila, former meeting point of fishermen when the region was just a village. The so-called “centrinho” with a beautiful avenue closed to the traffic, has charm, with the shops, bars and restaurants spread under the vegetation that gives comfort to the walk. It will also be the nightly point of the beach, but this was not noticed by having left early.

Klaus Peters park

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Visiting Praia do Forte

Filipe, our guide, was a learned man who lives intensely the problems of his Brazil. He referred us to the close connection between the “Praia do Forte” project and the more or less discrete business of Brazilian politicians.

With no time or willingness to take notes, I tried at home to find the references that would allow me to confirm and identify that link. 

I did not make it! There is reference to the powerful Padilha de Sousa family, but the project seems to have relied almost exclusively on Klaus Peters, a Brazilian of German origin, whom I could not find political connections with.

What I found were references to a natural park that got his name, right at the entrance of the project. Even without having ventured into the exploration of its more than 300 hectares, it provided us with some of the most beautiful photos of the tour.

Donana

Praia do Forte
Praia do Forte
Donana
Good food

I recommend “Donana is the best restaurant of Praia do Forte“, said Filipe, our guide, and this was our restaurant.

After a couple of drinks in the beach, to pay the shadow and chairs, we moved to the restaurant, not far but out of the beach.

We started with shrimp cakes (very good) Fernanda continued with a huge seafood salad, and I had a rich and tasteful shrimp risotto.


All very good, at a popular price in Portugal.

Lobster Moqueca

MOQUECA DE LAGOSTA

Season 400 gr of lobster with salt and pepper and set aside (do not wash the lobster with lemon, to keep it soft). Put 80 gr of palm oil, 2 garlic cloves and 100 gr of chopped onion in the pan, and let it sauté. Then, add 100 gr of chopped peppers and  the same weight of chopped tomatoes.

​Add the lobster, already seasoned, and allow it to boil for 15 minutes. Add 200 ml of coconut milk, 100 gr of coriander and the juice of 4 average lemons.

​Let it cook for another 15 minutes.
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Where to eat

It is a national dish, with many variations with all kinds of fish, seafood or meat, that can be found throughout the territory.

I had my best experience here, in

Donana, Praia do Forte, Salvador

Good company

Vinhos brasil 1 orig
Praia do Forte - 3 hours, good swim

I would like to recommend a good Brazilian white wine, but, in this week in Brazil, I only met a Brazilian wine (a good red), in the airport when leaving.

I think that this strong dish goes better with white, so I chose some of the locally tasted ones, from Chile Argentina and… Portugal, of course (the one I used).

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