Once a fishing village, Barra Grande is now the most famous neighbourhood on the Maraú peninsula. Fishing is still going strong here, and visitors are captivated by its atmosphere of peace and tranquility, and by the calm, crystal clear sea perfect for snorkelling. Endless pristine beaches, mangroves, lagoons, Atlantic rainforest, bromeliads and excellent gastronomy make it a must-see place in Bahia. The rock formations on the beaches form natural pools, turning the sight into something somehow supernatural. Far from the hustle and bustle, people go there to relax and contemplate the generous nature, bare feet in the sand. Cherished by its inhabitants and respected by those who pass by, Barra Grande is the ideal holiday destination.
The history of the district began in 1705 when Italian friars settled in an indigenous village called Mayrahú; in 1761 it was upgraded to village status and only in 1938 that it finally became a city named Maraú. The small village of Barra Grande in the Maraú district was created by fishermen in search of sustenance facing the sea, always maintaining a simple style and in total harmony with nature.