If the demand is to slow down, walk barefoot, let the wind mess up your hair, enjoy a good kite sailing, walk kilometers on deserted beaches, and eat very well, the tip is the charming village of Barra Grande do Piauí.
This is one of Brazil’s untouched paradises in terms of nature. Proof of this is that the shy manatees love to live in the region and can be seen frequently in the estuary of the Timonha and Ubatuba rivers, eight kilometers from Barra Grande, where there is an environmental protection area that firmly prevents mass tourism to ensure the protection of these cute aquatic mammals.
The Kitesurf people were the ones who discovered the good winds of Barra Grande do Piauí and drew attention to this hideaway. Little by little, charming inns and good restaurants emerged along the sandy streets, where donkeys walk around without bothering with the people passing by.
The BGK Inn has a privileged location in the shadow of a vast coconut grove by the sea. Its 23 rooms, built on stilts and with a thatched roof, have a strong connection with the local culture while striving for comfort. Each bungalow has a sensational private lounge. A space in the sand under the stilt house, with a sofa, table, chairs and, of course, a beautiful hammock. The highest point of BGK is the kite surfing school BGKite School, with instructors accredited by the ABK (Brazilian Kite Association). It is part of the e-group hotel association, which has the best selection of hotels with good winds for sailing in the world, and of Surfin sem Fim, a company specialized in downwind.
My powerful restaurant tip is Mô Cozinha Afetiva, run by Paula Leite, a chef from São Paulo. Impeccable! Other good restaurants are La Cozinha, Manga Rosa and the pizzeria La Pizza.
The closest airport to Barra Grande do Piauí is Parnaíba, 70 kilometers away. Azul Airlines has weekly flights from Campinas twice a week. It is not a destination with a good airline network and this even serves as a protection against predatory mass tourism. Nature is grateful for that.
Do you want to know the best time to visit this secret hideaway? During the dry season, from June to December.
XoXo and see you next week.