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“a piece of history one wouldn't expect to find in Praia do Forte”

Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

this place has a historical value that even brazilians ignore: it still has remains of the building from the 16th century and that alone is of major importance: Brazil is only 500 years old!
The view from the place is also amazing and that alone is worth a visit. I would recommend a book on the place or a traveller's guide (or just a print from the internet), because like many other touristic attractions in Brazil, it unfortunately does not have folders or videos in English.

Thank Fernanda S
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

you have to go, amazing history of these people. We went by car but there are groups going from the hotel I guess

Thank Priscila S
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I didn´t know this place before and I was really suprised to find something like this in the "brasilian wilderness"

Thank tobia_hummert
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

If you go to Praia do Forte and if you like ruins, do not miss this.

It's not actually a castle, it's the ruins of what was once a castle. We're talking about a castle built in the 16/17th century (initiated in 1551 and concluded in 1624) in the brazilian coast -- how about that!

Still, there is no information in the ruins themselves. You'll only find some information about the place in the visitor's area, before the ruins.

I got there in the end of an afternoon, which made the visit even more interesting due to the sunset light. Very few people there -- I think it's usually like this.

Getting there:
By car - as you pass by the city's portico (while entering Praia do Forte), take your right.
If you're at the beach area without a car you may negotiate some kind of transportation. It's a long distance if you decide to walk from there.

Cost was R$ 10 pp in feb/12.

1  Thank Mconstantino
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Went there for the third time with my wife and her grandma, and I was really sorry to see that only one family, besides us, was touring around the place, that hosts a good visiting center and a parking lot for at least thirty cars.

It's a little far from the beach - you need to go through a 2km red dirt road, in good conditions - but that alone can't be the reason for its emptiness.

The ruins are very impressive for anyone interested in the Americas history. The building is reportedly the only "medieval castle in America" and from there Garcia D'Avila - its owner - ran an absurdly large property, spanning more than 1000km from Bahia to Maranhão. The construction began in 1551 and it is one of the oldest structures still standing in Brazil.

The chapel was restored and the rest was preserved but kept as a ruin. The result is a beautiful contrast. The place is on top of a hill, surrounded by palm trees and allows great views from the upper floor, that covers a few kilometers of beaches.

Since nobody was there, the bar was closed and the guides were available. The entrance is expensive, but I think it's a fair price to preserve the structure. Probably the insufficient adiversiting is responsible for the lack of visitors - But don't be afraid, the place is perfectly safe and well kept by its staff. I definitely recommend it as a glimpse a history in an otherwise "beaches-and-sun-and-relaxation" destination.

I'm pretty sure it deserves to be at least in a tentative list to became a World Heritage Site, because of its importance to the colonization of northeastern Brazil in the mid 16th century.

2  Thank Daniel-SSA
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