Taken between the Atlantic and the lush forest, the green and blue beaches are among the greatest charms of Paraty. The bay offers protected waters and a calm sea in the heart of nature. With more than 120 choices of beaches and islands, there is something to take away from the heart of the sea! It is difficult to know all of them, especially since almost none of these beaches are located near the Historic Center.
Paraty, a small colonial town near Rio, is located just after Ilha Grande. The french people love to go there for the weekend. Difficult to get lost in these few streets made of huge pavements that invite you to discover a shimmering downtown with colorful storefronts and doors. All indications are that Paraty is a city from another time, or even from another world.
In the mountains, the waterfalls give an extra touch to Paraty's cachet. The city combines historical tourism, lush natural landscapes, attractive hostels, excellent cuisine and rich cultural heritage. Paraty is a great destination for those who want to rest, but not necessarily for those who would like to disconnect from the world.
Officially founded in 1667, Paraty was a small village at the foot of the "Morro do Forte". The city expanded to become, between the eighteenth and nineteenth century, one of the largest commercial warehouses in the country. Located on the gold route through which the treasures from Minas Gerais flowed, and known as a major producer of sugar cane, Paraty was also the end point of the royal road (Estrada Real) . Forgotten following the construction of a new road to directly route gold and precious stones to Rio de Janeiro, the city was rediscovered by tourism. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Brazil. Even though times have changed, foreigners' visits are still intense, and the well-preserved colonial architecture is a wonderful way to travel through history.