The lush frame - blue-green sea on one side and the Atlantic Forest of another - gave the Islanders the postcard title of Cocoa Coast. Also good waves breaking over there made the region one of the points of the Brazilian Northeast surf. But Islanders also has calm waters and golden sands, such as the beaches of Millionaires, South and São Miguel, the favorite of locals and tourists.
It was the vagaries of nature - the cacao tree is typically equatorial, but in Ilheus adapted better to order - that allowed the city to reach its peak in the early twentieth century.
The time of the memories are still alive in the historic center, filled with mansions and palaces erected by the barons in neoclassical style.
The ancient places of the wealthy merchants also remain standing, as the Vesuvius bar and cabaret Bataclan, in the works of distinguished adopted son Jorge Amado.In honor of the writer who so well portrayed the beauty and the stories of the city, the residence where he spent his childhood was transformed into the House of Culture.
The taste of the golden age also was not lost. Some farms in the region are open to visitors and allow to know the process of cocoa cultivation from planting to post-harvest process, including of course a tasting. Even the first factory of homemade chocolates Northeast works in full swing, offering delicacies with fillings and different ways.
The historical and cultural preservation of the region reflected in nature. It is in Ilheus which is Park Road, the first ecological highway of the country, with wild beaches, mangroves, waterfalls ... having as end point Itacaré, dotted with deserted beaches and protected by headlands.
Walking in Ilhéus, the main city of Cocoa Coast, is to be going through the entrails of Jorge Amado's novels, such as "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon" and "Terras do Sem Fim". The region, which was called by the author of "Southern Princess, land of charms and spells," portrays the scene and is home to several of the characters created by the Bahian writer.