Coconut Palms and Fishing Villages

8-Day North-East & Bahia Road Trip, from Olinda to Salvador - Brazil

Prices from £698 pp

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Duration8 days / 7 nights (flexible)

LocationOlinda/ Recife - Porto de Galinhas - São Miguel dos Milagres - Penedo - Mangue Seco - Itacimirim - Salvador

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If you want to experience some of the unspoiled, deserted beaches which North-East Brazil is famous for, this self-drive trip was created for you. Drive across the coastal road - known as the 'Linha Verde' - from Recife to Salvador, or vice versa, and enjoy the freedom of having your own rental car. The Linha Verde is one of the most picturesque routes in Brazil. It's paved with coconut trees from start to finish and sprinkled with fishing villages, patches of rainforest, an occasional tropical town and kilometres of white sandy beaches.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Car hire (Cat. C)
  • Drop-off fees
  • Information kit
  • Driving directions

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Olinda/Recife – Porto de Galinhas

This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the rental office in Recife. An English speaking local representative will give detailed directions and information about driving in Brazil, before you get on the road. You’ll have a modern compact car, but we can arrange something a little bigger if you’d prefer.

Once you get out of the city, Porto de Galinhas is only around 1.5 hours south.

Palm trees reflected in mirror in brazil

Porto de Galinhas (meaning chicken harbour…) is perhaps a little more developed than the other stops on this trip, but it has a gorgeous tree-lined beach, some good restaurants and bars, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. This is also where you can take your first dip in the ocean! It’s a perfect location to spend a night before continuing your journey south, and you’ll stay in a locally run pousada within walking distance of the centre.

a sunset on a beach with a palm tree silhouette

São Miguel dos Milagres

The journey to your next stop should take around 3.5 hours, including hopping onto a car ferry to cross the Rio Manguaba (it’ll cost about £3).

São Miguel dos Milagres is a serene, picturesque little town next to a stretch of unspoiled coastline. The waters here are warm and shallow, sheltered by the reefs offshore.


You’ll stay in a little pousada within walking distance of the beach, and of the few restaurants, bars and shops in the town. The next couple of days you’ll have a free to relax by the pool or on the beach, but you can also organise dune buggies, snorkels and boat trips locally if you’re feeling more active. There’s not too much going on around here, but isn’t that sort of the point?

Boats in Sao Miguel dos Milagres


Today’s drive is around 5 hours, but you can take it easy and find a nice spot for lunch along the way.

Penedo is an attractive colonial city on the banks of the Sao Francisco river. It’s a convenient and pleasant stop-off point for the night, with plenty of baroque architecture and some good places to eat. You’ll stay in a hotel near the centre, with views out over the river.


Mangue Seco

Today’s journey is an experience in itself, beginning with a ferry ride across the Sao Francisco river, before hitting the road again. It’s about a 4-hour drive which takes you through the Santa Isabel Nature Reserve, past lakes where you can stop for a dip, over Brazil’s longest bridge and into the state of Bahia. Finally, you’ll board another car ferry which will take you to the tiny, rustic village of Mangue Seco, situated at the tip of a sandy peninsula at the mouth of the Rio Real.

Looking over the dunes of Mangue Seco

The remote location amongst the dunes has spared this place from major development, and there’s not much more here than a church, lighthouse, and a scattering of houses, restaurants and guesthouses. It’s full of relaxed Bahian charm though, and there are few better places in Brazil to spend a couple of days forgetting all your worries. You’ll be staying in a comfy pousada near the ocean, and if you get bored of sitting in the sun eating seafood then you can arrange quad bikes and watersports nearby. The area is also home to sea turtles.



After taking the ferry back over the Rio Real, it’s a scenic 2.5-hour drive along the coast to Itacimirim.

Just 25 minutes drive from the bigger, more famous resort of Praia do Forte, Itacimirim is a peaceful haven where you can kick back, sink a few Caipirinhas, and enjoy the final night of your self-drive adventure. You’ll stay in a friendly pousada, with a nice pool, a good restaurant, and easy access to the beach.

Boat on itacimirim beach

Itacimirim – Salvador

It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from Itacimirim to Salvador, where this part of your journey comes to an end. If you’re heading home or elsewhere in Brazil, then you can head to the airport. Salvador is a wonderful city though, so we’d really recommend sticking around for a day or two if you have time.

colourful buildings in Salvador, Brazil

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