This post is part of a weekly feature called Discovery of the Week. By discovery, I mean a place, a custom or dish that is not widely known. See, I love to read travel magazines, websites and books. Very often, I find beautiful and interesting gems that not a lot of people seem to know about. That is why I thought about introducing this feature because I am sure it will expose a lot of astonishing places. Additionally, I enjoy learning about the many amazing places in the world. I believe my readers also enjoy this activity.
Discovery of the Week: Canoa Quebrada (means Broken Canoe)
Where it is located: State of Ceara, in Norteastern Brazil
What it is: An international beach resort located about 100 miles (164 km) from the capital of the state, Fortaleza.
This old fishing village was discovered for tourism in the mid 70´s by a group of hippies that enjoyed the hospitality and were received by the natives. Today, a cosmopolitan vibe attracts an international group of sun and sea worshippers.
By day, part of the action takes place in the pinkish and reddish dunes. Sand buggies zoom around the soft mounds and besides the red cliffs located next to the perfect colored ocean. Local operators are experts in finding calm pools in the middle of the dunes. Therefore, it is possible to find a swimming hole resembling an oasis.
Buggies are also rented to go to Praia da Ponta Grossa and other beaches along the way.
Visitors arrive to town in search of the warm, blue-green sea. It is possible to spend the day lingering on a hammock or next to a beach shack serving delicious fruits from the sea.
The main beach (Praia da Canoa Quebrada) is beautiful but gets crowded. Nearby Majorlandia, Quixaba and Lagoa da Mata offer more seclusion.
For those wanting more action, a day of sailing on the jangadas (native fishing boats resembling feluccas on the Nile River) will deliver some thrills. In this part of Brazil, gorgeous beaches appear one after another. Make the effort to discover some of those gems from a boat.
It is also possible to ride a horse, sand board, walk to nearby villages, hike, mountain bike and observe the artist which call the town home.
But that is not all, Canoa Quebrada is known for its strong winds which make sports such as cliff gliding, kite surfing and windsurfing possible. Get into the action if you dare.
When the sun begins to decline, it is time to base yourself at the top of the dunes for a majestic sunset. Beware. There is a local legend stating that lovers witnessing the sunset from these spots will end up married.
For being such a small town, Canoa Quebrada offers a lot of options to enjoy the nights. Its main street called Broadway (insert laughs in here) get very lively after the sun sets. Ask locals about their favorite places to eat and chill out.
The biggest airport near Canoa Quebrada is located at Fortaleza. Various bus companies offer frequent service to the nearby town of Aracati (6 miles inland). From there, it is possible to take a municipal bus or taxi.
Did you know about Canoa Quebrada?