It's Electric: Ilhabela City Tour and Curral Beach
- Guided sightseeing: Soak up the colonial charm of Ilhabela city, a delightfully un-citylike outpost on the northwest coast. You'll pause at Barreiro point for postcard-perfect views of the sailboats in the harbor and the mainland across the water.
- The power and the glory: Visit the old power station, which is practically a museum from electricity's early days, and a small church built in 1806 with a strikingly beautiful altar.
- Curral Beach: Relax on one of Sao Paolo's most famous and beautiful beaches, a golden stretch of sand with bars and cafes where locals come to swim, sun, and play.
About this Ilhabela tour
It was once home to cannibals, "discovered" by an Italian, and colonized by the Portuguese. It became a refuge for pirates, smugglers, and slave traders. It's been looted by British explorers and used as a base to defend against foreign invaders (like the Spaniards.) Ilhabela certainly has a colorful history, and nowhere is that more apparent than in its main city, Vila Ilhabela.
The locals call it Centro, or Village, and it's a pretty little town, particularly its main church, Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda. First built by local farmers in 1697, Our Lady of Help basically fell apart from lack of maintenance and had to be completely rebuilt in 1793. The white-washed facade is a prime example of the colonial architecture of the period, while inside you'll find altar pieces that were carved by Sao Paolo sculptor Alfredo Oliani in the 1950s, a mosaic ceiling, and a stunning view of the bay from the church's front doors.
Beyond the Centro, 85 percent of the island is a protected State Park. There are 41 beaches on the island, and Curral Beach is one of the most popular. The view of rolling mountains carpeted in lush rainforest is breathtaking. Admire this exotic scenery as you relax on the soft sand, swim in crystal-clear waters, or relax at a the beachside cafe.
Ilhabela translates to "beautiful island" in English ... and it certainly delivers what it promises.
Ten years after Columbus thought he discovered the "East Indies," Ilhabela helped prove him wrong. Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci stopped here in 1502, part of a voyage that would eventually show something blocking a route to Asia: North, Central, and South America, all named in Vespucci's honor. Ilhabela kept the Portuguese name Vespucci gave it (Sao Sebastio) until 1944; January 20, the date he landed, was St. Sebastion's feast day.
On a cruise ship? Meet your driver on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Space is limited, so please reserve early. Credit cards are accepted on the restaurants at the beach.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, or steep terrain. This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the content of the locations visited.
Beach, Family Friendly, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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