15 years ago, Praia do Forte was an unknown fishing village. Today, despite the abundance of visitors, the area still retains unique multicultural traditions and a rich culinary heritage. The atmosphere is rustic and refined, the few streets follow the natural course of the clearings between the coconut groves. Shops and restaurants welcome the visitors, as wonderful surf spots, natural pools and emerald green waters on the beaches, offering a breathtaking scenario. The balance with nature is one of Praia do Forte's strong points, a perfect example is the incredible Projeto Tamar, for the protection of endangered sea turtles. As you can see, this is an ideal holiday destination!
The village had its probable beginning with the fortress built by the Portuguese nobleman Garcia D’Ávila, in the 16th century, in order to offer more protection. The village was a storing place for goods arriving by sea, later to be sent to Salvador. The Garcia D'Ávila Castle began to be built in 1551 and is considered the only construction of its kind in the Americas. It was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute - IPHAN, in 1938. The region still preserves unique multicultural traditions and a rich culinary heritage, originating from the indigenous, Portuguese and African inhabitants.