Seeking Autumn Seclusion? Now Is The Time To Visit Paraty, Brazil

Seeking Autumn Seclusion? Now Is The Time To Visit Paraty, Brazil

Make tracks to the bohemian Brazilian beach town of Paraty, a coastal enclave of artisan boutiques and secluded, rock-hewn coves


Paraty, Brazil.

Why now?

Famed for its food, art deco architecture and bohemian vibe,
Brazil has a sexy and invigorating charm like no other. The largest
country in South America, its population hovers at around 211
million, making it the sixth most densely populated country in the
world. With almost 7,500km of coastline, this Portuguese-speaking
paradise is known for its sultry shores. But where to start?

We’re bookmarking the beach town of Paraty as the ultimate
destination. Slotted between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the
place has long-served as a road-trip pit stop. But, having
undergone something of a renaissance, its palm-fringed streets now
offer a bevy of glitzy hotels and glamorous restaurants. After
unpacking and refuelling, we recommend exploring Paraty’s eclectic
ceramic stores and independent art studios – CANOA and Studio Bananal are our favourites. Fill your
days with strolls around the colourful town, snacking on local
truffles, and dipping in and out of sunny, rock-hewn coves.

Colourful Facade Paraty, Brazil
Pool at Casa Mar Paraty

Don’t miss

Set aside a day to explore four of Paraty’s most dramatic
waterfalls: Tarzan, Tobogã, Poços do Penha and Poço das Andorinhas.
There are some spectacular hiking and mountain-biking trails to the
falls that will appeal to adventure-seekers: just be sure to pack a
swimsuit for a well-deserved cooling dip when you reach them.

Where to stay?

Bed down at Casa Turquesa. The 18th-century townhouse-turned-hotel
offers nine vibrant suites, each individually designed with a
specific colour palette – think marigold yellow and fuschia pink.
For abstract paintings by French artist Jacques Rey and pool views,
rest your head in the Turquoise suite. Fancy something a little
more minimalistic? Check out nearby boutique hotel Casa Mar
, where earth-tone materials and wooden furnishings make
for a rustic affair.

Where to go for dinner?

For a true taste of Brazil try Banana da Terra Paraty. Drawing crowds for its
traditional-meets-contemporary menu, the restaurant is the best
spot in town for a succulent serving of feijoada – black beans with
pork or beef. Interiors are made cosy by stone pillars draped in
warm pendant lights, while the outdoor courtyard is dotted with
colourful bunting and candlelit tables.

Bedroom at Casa Mar Paraty
Casa Turquesa Food Paraty, Brazil

And for a drink…

Maria Izabel
– one of the best places in the world to try
Brazil’s natural spirit, cachaça – or, if you prefer a laid-back
beachside set-up, BalacoBacco Beach Bar. Expect breathtaking views,
azure-blue hammocks and experimental cocktails, plus a wonderful
seafood menu.

Who to take with you

Take that friend who’s always the last person to leave the
party. They’ll appreciate Paraty’s free-spirited personality, and
will likely never shut up about attending Carnival – don’t say we
didn’t warn you.

When to go

Brazil dazzles at any time of the year, but there’s an
extra-special energy to be found across the country during the last
10 days of April, when the legendary Rio de Janeiro Carnival takes

Essentials to pack

This Missoni striped hair wrap is perfect for taming
your mane, with its adjustable cuff guaranteeing a personalised

How to get there

Take a direct flight from London Heathrow to Brazil’s Sāo
Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, from where it’s a
three-hour drive to Paraty.


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