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History tells that the city of Alcobaça was founded at the end of the 18th century (1752) by colonizers, who built the São Bernardo church, named after a patron of the Portuguese city with the same name. Two centuries have passed and Alcobaça still keeps the secrets of a French corsair treasure buried in its coast.

Located in the extreme South of Bahia, next to where Itanhém River meets the sea, Alcobaça has calm beaches and beautiful mangroves and cultivates its history loaded with legends and traditions. The beauty of the many unexplored beaches and the stunning mouth of the Itanhém river, with its rich mangrove, are ideal for ecotourism.

Developing activities focused on fishing and agriculture, today the city has a population of almost 25 thousand inhabitants, distributed equally between urban and rural areas. The old São Bernardo church, the colonial mansions, the Cacimba fountain and the streets with old houses lined up portray the city’s history. The rescue of history is also present in popular and religious festivals, such as São Bernardo and São Sebastião festivals on the dates of 08/20 and 01/20, bringing the rituals, the color of the dresses and the dance of fight, without missing the presentations of capoeira, very widespread in the region.

Fruits and Pisces

A privileged geographic configuration and plenty of sunshine all year round guarantee a variety of exotic fruits such as soursop, star-fruit, cashew and brazilian cherry (pitanga), as well as an abundance of fish, shrimp, lobsters, prawns, siris and guaiamuns. The delights of Bahian cuisine.

Nonetheless, the strip of sea between Alcobaça and the Abrolhos Archipelago was chosen by Humpback whales to breed and breastfeed their young. Also known as "singing whales", their loud and graceful ballet can be seen close to the boats between July and November.