Situation and CharacteristicsWith an area of 240sq.km/95sq.2mi, Itaparica - 17km/10.5mi (1 hour by boat) from Salvador - is the largest marine island in Brazil. It forms a gigantic breakwater which closes and protects the Baía de Todos os Santos. On the island are numbers of modest fishing villages and a holiday club.The boat trip from Salvador to Itaparica affords fine views of the city's skyline. Near the landing-stage on the island there are a number of firms with bicycles for hire.
BeachesWithin the town are the Praias do Forte (not particularly clean), da Ponta da Areia and de Amoreiras, all with calm seas. To the north, 12km/7.5mi from the town, is the Praia de Gameleiras. Most of the beaches, however, are to the south: Penha (14km/8.7mi; good surfing), Tairu (23km/14mi), Aratuba (20km/12.4mi; cliffs), Cacha Pregos (28km/17mi), at the southern tip of the island, and many more.
São Lourenço (Santíssimo Sacramento)
São LourenáoIn Rua Padre Torres are the chapel of São Lourenço (1610) and the church of the Santíssimo Sacramento (1715).
Fonte da Bica
Fonte da BicaIn the Formoso Gardens is the Fonte da Bica, a mineral spring which supplies almost the whole population of the town with water.
Fort São Lourenço
Fort São LourenáoOn Praça Dr Augusto Vilaça is Fort São Lourenço (1711), originally established by the Dutch (not open to the public).
Nossa Senhora da Piedade
N.S. da PiedadeIn the center of the town is the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade (1622).
Santo AntìnioOn a hill 2km/1.3mi from the town center is the chapel of Santo Antìnio, from which there are wide views of the surrounding area.