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Welcome to Ilha do Mel! Welcome to Paraná's Coast!

The shores of Paraná have many secrets to share with those who wish to come and explore its nooks and crannies. If you seek unspoilt, exceptional destinations, look no further; this coastline offers several exemplary options to enjoy your next Brazilian holiday.

Guests can visit any combination of the following destinations: Ilha do Mel, Superagui, Paranaguá, Antonina, Morretes or Guaraqueçaba. On our locally operated booking portal, you can find all the necessary information to completely plan your travel itinerary before you leave the house. We have detailed information about things to do in Paranagua, Ilha do Mel hotels and guesthouses in all price ranges, tips for transportation in Parana, local Paranagua and Ilha do Mel restaurants and shopping tips and more!  Contact us if you need further assistance or need some advice. We will be pleased to help!

Important! Bookings are confirmed according to availability after your booking request. During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.


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Ilha do Mel

The beautiful island is a paradise for both the active traveller and those looking to relax, and there are plenty of things see and do on Ilha do Mel. Nature lovers can explore the lush, shady jungle or stroll along the gorgeous long stretches of white, sandy beaches. Various exciting trips or Ilha do Mel tours can be taken around the island and for the keen surfer, there is plenty of action. You can also visit the lighthouse, called the Farol das Conchas, with its spectacular views, or the whitewashed beachside fortress known as the Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, built in 1767 by the Portuguese to ward off marauding English buccaneers.

There are four stories that tell us how Ilha do Mel (Honey Island) got its name. The first is that it was named after Admiral Mehl and his family, who frequented this place before World War II and were into bee keeping. According to the second version, bee keeping was adopted by retired sailors on this island and until the 1960s, honey exportation was quite popular here. The third theory has to do with the brownish yellow colour of the sea, which makes it look like honey. But, the most popular account is that mehl (flour in German) was made by German sailors and the island received this name because there was possibly a mill on the island where sailors could buy flour.

Its relative lack of tourism and infrastructure has helped Ilha do Mel become an 'ecotourism' destination and an un-spoilt paradise. Back in the 1920s it boasted only one Ilha do Mel hotel and one bus; but it steadily gained popularity as a tourists' haven with ships from Paranagua sailing along the fort to the pier and bringing in people. However, after the construction of the coastal highway in 1926, tourism to the island took a turn for the worst, especially during World War II, and the locals fell back to their original occupation - fishing. The year 1998 bought the island back in touch with the modern world, introducing electricity, water pipes, regular boat shuttle services, eco-friendly Ilha do Mel hotels and other amenities. Tourists are once again invited to visit the island or to take a tour in Ilha do Mel.

Today, Ilha do Mel offers accommodation for all kinds of tourists. There are charming Ilha do Mel guesthouses to choose from, some with only a few rooms to create familiar ambiance and some also face the beach for an ideal vacation experience.

Paranaguá

Paranaguá is the state of Paraná's oldest city, and prides itself on being the largest grain port in Latin America. The port was vital to the politics of São Paulo, and in order to fortify the port against invading ships and pirates who reached the harbour entrance, a strong fort was constructed in 1776. The Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres da Barra de Paranaguá, also called Fortaleza da Barra, was the first Brazilian fort to enter into combat at the Bay of Paranaguá.

The last century witnessed the Cormoran invasion. The Cormoran, an English ship, invaded the bay but was met with tough resistance from the native population. World War II saw the establishment of a defence system shaped like a labyrinth, which was built on top of the Morro da Baleia  (Hill of the Whale), located above the fort. In 1990 the restoration of the fort began, though it had already been declared a historical monument in 1936. The fort is just one of many fun things to see and do in Paranagua.

Records show that a few families came to Paranaguá from São Vicente de Cananéia (State of São Paulo) between 1550 and 1560 looking for gold. They settled first on Cotinga Island and later on the banks of the Itiberê River. The population of Paranaguá today is multicultural, consisting of descendants of settlers from Europe and the Middle East.

Visitors can enjoy a stroll through the old part of Paranaguá and see some older colonial buildings close to Rua da Praia, where the ancient port was located. Most Paranagua hotels are located close to the train station or to the ancient port. As Paranaguá is mainly a business town due to the port, most Paranaguá accommodation is directed towards business visitors. In the budget category we recommend Hotel Palácio; if you prefer a more comfortable Paranguá hotel, there is the excellent Hotel San Rafael. For families or travellers looking for a larger pool and leisure facilities, another Paranaguá hotel might be a good option: Hotel Camboa Paranaguá

There is a Paranaguá hostel close to the pier to the islands in case you want to start your journey to Ilha do Mel (Honey Island) or Superagui the next day.

From 1880 until 1885 the impressive railroad between Paranaguá and Curitiba was built. As the road links became better and the port importance grew, the train became less important. Today the track between Morretes and Paranaguá is used for passengers only on Sundays, and there is a train tour to Curitiba.

Paranaguá is the gateway for trips to Superagui Island, Honey Island, Peças Island and for Guaraqueçaba.

Morretes

Wrapped around the River Nhundiaquara, Morretes is a small but pleasant historic town of Brazil established in 1721. It is home to about 15,000 inhabitants. Lying 16 km inland from Antonina, at the point where the river enters the Paranaguá Bay, it is situated on a plain fringed by the Serra do Mar Mountains on one side and the Paranese coast on the other. The town is well connected by road to Curitiba, Antonina and Paranaguá and lies along major bus routes. It is known for the mouth tingling cachaça (a spirit distilled from sugarcane) and for the restaurants that serve barreado, a well-known local dish. Morretes is very much loved among Curitibanos looking for a pleasant weekend trip and has plenty of lovely Morretes hotels to accommodate them.

Morretes' economy survives on tourism and horticulture and there is much to see and do in Morretes. The area is blessed with a profusion of tropical plants, and its flora and fauna are an ecologist's delight; perfect for discovering on a Morretes tour. The hot and damp microclimate in Morretes is ideal for the cultivation of a unique sugarcane variety, traditionally used in the production of the local sugar cane spirit. Bananas also grow in abundance in this region and the locals created a banana liquor, very typical for the area. The Parque Estadual do Marumbi, a wondrous state park with stupendous views and wonderful walking trails, lies close to Morretes. More information about this park can be obtained from the tourist office located in the Casa Rocha Pombo, Largo José Pereira 43.

Morretes is a treasure house of unspoilt colonial buildings along with old row houses and churches, offering tourists a historical treat. The Old Bridge across the Nhundiaquara River and the tranquil riverside are the other main highlights of the town. The curious visitors, enthralled by the beauty of Morretes’ old architecture, often turn to locals for details pertaining to the region's history, and Morretes’ friendly locals will be glad to give you their history.

There are a few Morretes accommodation options in the downtown area and there are other options out in the Atlantic Rainforest.  

Antonina

Antonina is Morretes' neighbour. It is a sleepy and quaint old colonial town. Despite it age, it is still pretty as a picture, with brightly coloured houses and stores lining its streets, and wonderful views of the ocean. The largest fjord of the Americas, the third largest in the world, is located here. While in Antonina you must try balas de banana (chewy banana candy typical of the region). The most typical ones are made here and easy to recognise with their green packaging.

An old Municipal Theatre dating back to 1875 is an added attraction in Antonina and its restaurants serve delectable seafood that will have you asking for more. There are charming Antonina hotels downtown, like Hotel Camboa and Atlante where you can rest and relax on your holiday.

Antonina is home of many musicians who show their best performances during the carnival time. Carnival in Antonina is considered the best one in Paraná! Usually on the second Saturday of every month, the local orchestra performs in Antonina´s theater. And on the fourth Saturday of every month, musicians stroll around the city during the evening, playing popular Brazilian songs, followed by tourists and locals.

Superagui Island

Superagui Island is part of Superagui National Park, which is also comprised of Peças Island and a part of the continent called Vale do Rio dos Patos, plus several smaller islands like Pinheiro und Pinheirinho. It was created in 1989 and has almost 34,000 ha. It is very rich in mangroves, which are the birthplace for the rich sea fauna found here. Some of the species in the Superagui National Park are very rare and are nearly extinct in other places around the world. Some of these species include the papagaio chauá or papagaio da cara roxa (purple-faced parrot); mico-leão da cara preta black-faced lion tamarin) and jacaré do papo amarelo (broad snouted caiman). All these species must be strictly protected to avoid extinction and several nature organisations have purchased areas in the region to preserve fauna and flora. Taking a Superagui tour is a great way to explore and protect the region.

Locals live mostly on Superagui Island in a village with 1,200 inhabitants. Superagui locals make a living as fishermen or by providing services to the travellers who visit the island throughout the year. Only locals are allowed to have inns or build houses. Some of the locals have opened simple accommodations in Superagui that provide a place to rest your head and delight in a great home-style meal. From December to March everything is fully booked, so it is a good idea to book your Superagui accommodation in advance. During the low season, several accommodation and restaurant options may be closed; therefore, it is best to contact us in advance when booking your Superagui hotel to ensure you are expected!

The island is a single nature reserve and not a single car will be seen here. Transport in the area includes bicycles, boats and some horses.  A trip to Superagüi should be planned in advance, as transportation, accommodation and restaurant options are limited.

The most famous settler on Superagui is surely William Michaud, a Swiss from Vevey, who arrived here in 1852. Mr. Michaud was a great painter and sent his impressions and experiences in pictures and letters to his sisters in Switzerland. His work is a great reference about life and nature of the region and some of his pictures can be seen in the Ibama-Office in Guaraqueçaba. A book with his letters, pictures and a diary of his friend Henri Doge were edited in Switzerland in 2002.

Guaraqueçaba

The first Portuguese colonists arrived in Guaraqueçaba in 1545, making it one of their earliest settlements. Due north of Paranaguá, on the far side of the bay, this is the fifth largest municipal region of Paraná. Guaraqueçaba has about 8,000 inhabitants divided into 80 communities, some of them with only 30 families. It includes some Tupi-Guarani Indians, known for their basket weaving. The population supports itself with fishing, raising cattle and palm heart extraction. Due to its difficult access, it is among the poorest areas in Paraná, but is richly endowed with natural treasures.

The town is quite small and the main building is the church Nosso Senhor dos Perdões. Just behind the church the trail trilha do Quitumbê begins. If you take this path and walk 800 m through the forest and up the stairs, you will have a wonderful view of the bay.

Visitors come to Guaraqueçaba looking for nature. The main attractions in Guaraqueçaba are surely two of the private nature areas: Salto Morato and Sebuí. Salto Morato is known for its 130-meter waterfall and Sebuí has several waterfalls and trails with different degrees of difficulty. In Sebuí, there is also the option to spend a few nights relaxing surrounded by nature. There is only one accommodation option out here and bookings for this Guaraqueçaba hotel must be made in advance. In this area, you can paddle in a canoe in the clear waters of the rivers, hear the sounds of the forest animals at night or start a boat tour in Guaraqueçaba.

It is hard to believe that Guaraqueçaba was once a hub of activity and a crucial port, surpassing even Paranaguá in its importance. The buildings in the town are quiet and unassuming and many of the older buildings no longer exist. The area was on the route to River Plate and Europe from 1880 to 1930, and ships would leave here with their cargo of timber and bananas.

The port at Guaraqueçaba is now essentially just an embarkation point for fishermen and is sometimes used by ecological station boats as well as by municipality boats carrying staff to visit remote areas. Guaraqueçaba epitomises conservation and several fishermen have made this well protected region in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil their home. Animals and birds alike flock here to the safety of the forests and waters, making the area one of the richest centres of biodiversity in the world.

There are few Guaraqueçaba accommodation options in the village, some of them quite basic. A very charming pousada, Pousada Bambuza, is the best option in town. As in Superagui, it is always good to be expected, as during the high season (December to March) accommodation in Guaraqueçaba is fully booked and during low season, may be closed.

At first, some visitors may perceive life here to have an undercurrent of loneliness to it. This remote location is seemingly unconnected to the outside world except for the sea link; it is quite easy to feel a sense of isolation when you first arrive here. Roads are few and far between and quite often in a state of disrepair. This isolation has its advantages, though, as it has helped to keep some traditions alive, such as the fandango. This is a rhythm widely rooted and played in Guaraqueçaba and Superagui. Locals join together to play and dance; in July a festival occurs in town that brings together fandango groups from all over Parana's coast.  



From: R$ 300

Hotel Pousada Canto da Figueira offers you a unique experience in Ilha do Mel. With a great location right beside the Atlantic Forest, this Ilha do Mel hotel provides a peaceful environment in direct contact with nature. It is a quite, cosy option in a very peaceful corner of Ilha do Mel.

During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.

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From: R$ 230

Pousada Caraguatáon Ilha do Mel is managed by a friendly couple, Victor and Solangela, who are dedicated to offering you the very best service. This Ilha do Mel hotel is located just a few metres from Encantadas pier and offers 12 cosy rooms located in a peaceful environment.

Pousada Caraguatá is recommended by Lonely Planet and is considered one of the best places to stay at Ilha do Mel.

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From: R$ 250

Grajagan Surf Resort offers comfortable rooms, a large range of facilities and services, trained staff, all combined with an incomparable location right in front of the beach Praia Grande, in total harmony with nature in Ilha do Mel. It is considered the best Ilha do Mel hotel!

Grajagan Surf Resort is the perfect place to stay during your holiday on Ilha do Mel. The hotel is located about 25 minutes walking from the arrival pier and it is well recomended by Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.

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From: R$ 300

Pousada das Gêmeas is one of the fanciest and newest options for accommodation in Ilha do Mel. Located close to Praia de Fora and the lighthouse Farol das Conchas, Pousada das Gêmeasoffers 6 nicely furnished and confortable suites with capacity to accommodate up to 3 people each. All furniture is made out of old wood - very charming and ecologically responsible. Book with us online now!

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From: R$ 300

Pousada Astral da Ilha is a special place in Ilha do Mel. This guesthouse has only 4 rooms, each with a different theme. You can choose which place in the world you'd like to be during your stay. The options are: Africa, Bali, Hawaii and India.

It has a very cosy and friendly atmosphere, very beloved by couples and just few steps from Praia de Fora, which is very good for surfing and bathing.

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From: R$ 60

Hotel Pousada Marimar Farol is a fair, simple alternative for those looking for accommodation at Ilha do Mel close to the beautiful Praia do Farol and with easy access to the lighthouse Farol das Conchas. This Ilha do Mel hotel offers homey, uncomplicated atmosphere and friendly hosts. Some rooms have ventilators and others air conditioning. Book the category you prefer.

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From: R$ 160

Pousada Plâncton is a good value option for pousadas on Ilha do Mel. The pousada offers three room categories, each one with facilities and prices that fit in the pocket of different guests. Pousada Plâncton is recommended for couples, families and backpackers. During high season, the pousada has a restaurant and also offers massage sessions.

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From: R$ 165

Pousada Orquídeas is a friendly pousada on Ilha do Mel. The pousada offers two categories of accommodations: rustic chalets or private rooms with TV, fridge, and air conditioning. Orquideas' restaurant is recognized for having one of the best menus on the island. The delights include salads, pastas, meats, fish and regional dishes, such as arroz lambe-lambe.

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From: R$ 60

Hostel Zorro Marimar Encantadas on Ilha do Mel is a suitable option for travellers looking for a budget accommodation option. This Ilha do Mel hostel is close to the pier in Encantadas and has a great location in front of the beach, surrounded by restaurants and bars. This Ilha do Mel pousada is recommended by famous travel guides like Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.

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From: R$ 230

Hotel Pousada Flor da Serra is one of the cosiest and fanciest guesthouses in Guaraqueçaba. This Guaraqueçaba hotel is located right beside the Atlantic Rain Forest, offering total interaction with nature.

Take your time lazing in the swimming pool, and when you feel energized enough, take a tour around. End your day enjoying the great sunset, hearing, and seeing beija-flores, local birds that come daily to visit the pousada.

During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.

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Hotel Pousada Sobre as Ondas is considered the best accommodation option on Superagui Island. Besides having a restaurant right in front, dormitories and rooms in this Supergui hotel are equipped with TV and DVD.

This Superagui hotel is located a little up from the village, very close to the Desert Beach. The owners are very friendly and frequently receive people from all over the world. It is recommended by Rough Guide.

During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.

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From: R$ 210

Nestled in a great location at the foot of Marumbi Peak in perfect harmony with nature, Morretes, Hotel Santuário Nhundiaquara offers a good structure for events and leisure guests looking for resting moments. This Morretes hotel is located at the end of the famous "Itupava Trail". The hotel is recommended by Rough Guide.

During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.

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From: R$ 200

Hotel Pousada Graciosa offers cosy bungalows in a calm and enchanting environment surrounded by the Atlantic Forest in Morretes. Managed by a nice Brazilian-American couple, this Morretes hotel is located along Estrada da Graciosa, some kilometres away from downtown.

During holidays, guesthouses have other rates and minimum stay periods. The rates on site are not valid for national holidays.

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This tour starts with the famous train ride from Curitiba to Morretes through the Atlantic Rain Forest. Once in Morretes, travelers will get to see the incredible biodiversity and impressive landscapes of Pau Oco State Park, on a hike to visit the park's highlight, the Salto da Fortuna waterfall.

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From: R$ 318 / person
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Ilha do Mel (Honey Island) is well-known as a pleasant car-free island perfect for nature and hiking lovers. With its unique and beautiful environment, Ilha do Mel is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Paraná coast. This private tour happens daily and departs from any hotel in Curitiba.

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From: R$ 239 / person
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One of the most impressive train tours in South America! Take this join-in tour, where you will meet other travellers and will have the chance to visit Morretes, Antonina and return by Graciosa Road. Saturdays and Sundays or for min. 10 persons in weekdays!

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From: R$ 312 / person
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Welcome aboard the first luxury train in Brazil, the Great Brazil Express! Take this exclusive train on an amazing journey through the Atlantic Rain Forest to Morretes. Visit also Antonina and taste the local cuisine. The tour is available on Saturday and Sunday, or weekdays for groups of minimum 10 persons!. 

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From: R$ 760 / person
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This tour offers several highlights for those searching for insider knowledge with a touch of individuality: train ride to Morretes, guided transfer to the island, 2 overnights on Ilha do Mel and return by comfortable public bus to Curitiba.

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Hello from Special Paraná... your local connection on Paraná´s Coast! Our lifelong vacations and weekend getaways have been spent exploring this picturesque coastline and we have scoured the beaches to showcase the best Brazilian pousadas and most authentic tour experiences on our destination website. We are located in Curitiba and can assist you will all your questions and concerns about visiting the charming historical towns on the coast or the remote paradises of Ilha do Mel and Superagui. Don't hesitate to contact us so we can help you discover this unknown region of Brazil!

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