Surrounded by the lush Atlantic Forest and highly colored water, the green and blue beaches are among the greatest charms of Paraty. The bay offers protected waters and a calm sea, surrounded by nature. More than 120 possibilities of beaches and islands are able to tear the heart of the lovers of the sea! It will be difficult to know them all. Also because almost none of its beaches are located near the Historic Center.
Paraty small colonial town near Rio, just after Ilha Grande. The French love to go there for a weekend. Hard to get lost, just a few streets with huge cobblestones invite you to discover a colorful city center. Colorful by its window frames and wear. All indications are that Paraty is a city from another time, almost from another world.
Inside the mountain, the waterfalls give an extra touch of Paraty's charm. The city combines historic tourism, lush natural landscapes, charming inns, excellent cuisine and an intense cultural movement. Paraty is a destination for those who want to rest, but not necessarily for those who want to disconnect from the world.
Officially founded in 1667, Paraty was a small village at the foot of "Morro do Forte". The city grew and became, between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, one of the largest commercial warehouses in the country. The gold route, through which the treasures from Minas Gerais flowed, and a major sugarcane producer, Paraty was the end point of the royal road (Estrada Real). With the construction of a new road that brought gold and precious stones directly to Rio de Janeiro, the city lost its importance and for many years was forgotten until rediscovered by tourism and it became one of the most beautiful destinations in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. The times are different now from past centuries, but the visits of strangers remain intense. Well-preserved colonial architecture is a great way to travel through history.