A Hidden Pousadas Brazil article, written by Alison McGowan
Bahia is the most revered historical and cultural state in Brazil.
Its true glory is its coastline, the longest in the country, populated with beautiful beaches, islands, mountains and rivers.
The city of Salvador is a great starting point for exploring Bahia. However, neighbouring regions offer a feast of surprises too – quaint towns and tropical jungles, crystalline waters and caves and an abundance of pousada hideaways.
It is impossible to even scratch the surface of Brazil in one short trip let alone Bahia’s immense landscape, but soaking up the culture and exploring the many hidden gems that Bahia has to offer can be done with a bit of pousada surfing.
A truly Hidden Pousda: Tropical tranquility, ocean views and superb surfing
Itacare is situated on the Cocoa Coast of Bahia, the stretch which runs between Ilheus, 65km to the south and , Salvador 230kms to the north, just where the Rio das Contas river meets the ocean.
Waking up in paradise in Pousada Tanara, my eyes opened to an unforgettable scene of dawn breaking over Tiririca beach, a small bay flanked by palm trees and Atlantic rainforest; in the background the sound of the powerful ocean waves, which have made this such a mecca for surfers. Indeed, Bahia off the beaten track at its best. The word “tanara” means nature in Pataxo Indian dialect and the 5 rooms of Pousada Tanara blend comfort with nature in an extraordinary location.10 minutes walk in one direction from all the shopping and nightlife of Itacare village and minutes’ walk in the other direction to Praia da Costa and Praia da Ribeira. Praia de Tiririca is just down the path.
Rooms and bathrooms here are all different and most are small, with steps leading up or down to them. But what the pousada lacks in size is more than made up for by the character and quirkiness of the place – the tropical foliage all around, the beautiful deck overlooking the ocean, the superb breakfasts and the wonderful hospitality of Nele and Marcos. It offers an off the beaten track sensation altogether.
For anyone looking for a beautiful place to chill seconds from the beach or surf, but still walking distance from the village, you really couldn’t find a better place, and I certainly did not want to leave.