Destination: Arraial d’Ajuda

March 15, 2007 | By More

Arraial d'Ajuda

Arraial d’Ajuda is a beautiful beach destination in the state of Bahia, in the northeast region of Brazil.

Arraial d'Ajuda

Arraial is the charming neighbour of Porto Seguro – Brazil’s most powerful magnet for mass tourism. But rest assured, the river Burnanhém, separating Arraial from Porto Seguro, suceeds at keeping away from the former the worst excesses of the later.

Arraial d'Ajuda

1. What we like the most about Arraial d’Ajuda.

Among our favourite things about Arraial d’Ajuda we should mention its splendid beaches; the charming rua do Mucugê in the village, coming alive at the end of the day; the open-air restaurants; and the chance to have some delicious caipirinhas!

praia da Pitinga, Arraial d'Ajuda

2. What we like the least about Arraial d’Ajuda.

The unfriendly approach to visitors by the waiters from the bars at the Mucugê beach; restaurants that will rip you off; the Bróduei street.

Arraial d'Ajuda, Brasil

3. How to get to Arraial d’Ajuda

Porto Seguro is the door to Arraial d’Ajuda. From Porto Seguro you need to take the ferry to the other side of the river Buranhém and then jump into a bus that will take you to Arraial in a few minutes.

You can reach Porto Seguro by bus (from Rio it’s a 24-hour journey, from Salvador it’s 12 hours on the road) or by plane.

Pitinga, Arraial d'Ajuda

4. Pay attention to

The stones and sea urchins at the beach.

5. Our favourite places

Pitinga beach and Mucugê street

praia do Taipe, Arraial d'Ajuda

6. Piece of advice

  • shops in Arraial open only after midday; some open only at the end of the day – when everyone comes back to town from the beach
  • if you don’t hire a car, the vans at the main square will take you anywhere you want
  • if you stay at a pousada on the way between the ferryboat and Arraial you will need a car or a taxi to get to town
  • do spend a day in nearby Trancoso, it’s a short bus trip away

7. Accommodation in Arraial d’Ajuda

Check our full listing of hotels and pousadas in Arraial d’Ajuda.

8. Weather forecast

The weather in Arraial d’Ajuda (Porto Seguro) for the next 10 days

9. Google Maps

Arraial d’Ajuda

10. Photos

Check our photo album of Arraial d’Ajuda.


Category: Destination: Bahia

Comments (6)

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  1. cecile says:

    I agree with you. I’d add (in the favorite places) the long walk to Tremendao’s bar, just before Taipe beach and after Lagoa Azul(exactly 6.5 km from the praca dos hipis, a good workout.) Broduei and the church square need to go back to more music and less souvenirs, but go tell that to the owners who’d much rather lease to a chain store than keep their native bar open. Oh well.

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks for your tips, Cecile. Broduei is definitely a pale reflection of what it used to be. Better stick to Rua do Mucugê.

  3. tim says:

    In Broduei is opening a new bar of a friend of mine, it’s called Bar do Andy, it’s located near the middle of Broduei. He’s trying to get some of that old broduei and Arraial d’Ajuda feeling back.

    Were all the tourists always go to “the more popular” beaches like Parracho and Pitinga, we locals enjoy more the other side like with beaches like Praia Apaga Fogo, d’Ajuda,dos nativos. Here you will find relaxed beachbars like the bar called Sting with good and different music, far away from the tourist madness!

    Rua do Mudugê is also allready changed a lot, fewer bars and more restaurants… seems like Arraial d Ajuda is changing… more condominiums than pousadas or hotels.

    It’s just not like it just to be.


  4. Richard says:

    Does Arraial have a naturist (nudist) beach? I ask because some groups like the Brazilian Naturist Federation say Pitinga can be unofficially used nude without hassle, but when I asked a Portuguese speaking friend to write some pousadas in Arrial to ask, they said there is NO nude beach in Arraial. Strange. I understand there is no OFFICIAL nude beach in Arrial or Trancoso, just wondering if there are tolerated ones.

  5. Tony says:

    Richard, no, it doesn’t. What happens is that during the low season and at the remotest side of Pitinga beach, some people will take their clothes off (it’s mostly women in topless). But it is not by any means a naturist beach.

  6. Tony says:

    If you have any questions about Arraial d’Ajuda you can ask at our Facebook page and we will give you an answer as soon as we can.