Once you arrive in Porto de Galinhas you will feel your pulse going down. Time to relax in this town with what is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Porto de Galinhas is a small beach town Northeast of Brazil, in the state of Pernambuco.
This place is the real Brazilian vacation paradise, with white beaches and clear-blue water. Porto de Galinhas is not only attracting Brazilians. The town receives many foreign tourists and is a popular place also for Scandinavian visitors. Understandable, with its warm climate and beautiful beaches!
If you want to relax and have a peaceful vacation, Porto de Galinhas is the right place for you. The town is calm, and most of the visitors here are families. It is said that what makes Porto de Galinhas great is everything they don’t have! Not much nightlife, no extreme sport and no traffic. Instead, enjoy the wonderful beaches with natural pools, feed the colourful fishes, or just relax in your hammock. When you have had enough sun for one day, take a stroll in the nice walking streets. Here you will find with shops, restaurants with delicious sea food, markets and entertainment. Every Friday artists perform on the town square, make sure not to miss it!
As mentioned above, the beaches has natural pools, something Porto de Galinhas is well known for. The natural pools are formed by the space created between the sea and the reef. This is a fascinating phenomenon, and for those who want to check it out closer, this is possible. But, to protect the reef, the natural pools are only accessible with small sailboats. The municipality of Porto de Galinhas is working with this, and they only allow 200 people per day at the reefs. Porto de Galinhas also have several other projects working with marine life. Two of these are; Projeto Hippocampus is working on seahorse-conservation, and ONG Eco Associados that is working on turtle conservation and also the coral reefs of Recife.
The port of hens
Porto de Galinhas means “The port of hens”, and you will find pictures and statues of hens many places in the town. It can seem a bit strange calling a town this, but there is a legend about where this name came from. When the Europeans came to Brazil, they brought a large number of illegal slaves from Africa. Because this was illegal, they needed a cover, and said they were transporting chickens. And the name Port of Hens was born.
A home away from home
Only ten minutes from the beach you will find Liras da Poesia Hostel e Pousada. We assure you that you will feel welcome at this small picturesque hostel. When you enter the gate, you step into a lush, green garden with hammocks to relax and enjoy the nice atmosphere. The Say HI team stayed at this hostel for a week, and we loved it! The owners Johanna and Elma are two great ladies, making us feel at home during our stay. Johanna and Elma are also eager to work with sustainability, something that always make us very happy. The hostel has many sustainable initiatives, and they are also focusing on improving these even more.
One policy the owners has, is that they only have local employees. This is to support the local community, giving the local people job opportunities. The hostel is also supporting the local community by working with a Cooperativa. Local waste pickers are collecting the recyclables from the hostel, which they can sell.
Johanna and Elma are passionate about music and poetry, hence the name Liras da Poesia – meaning “Lyrics and Poetry”. A lot of the hostel decorations are made by the staff and are also poetry and music related, as for example poetic text written on the stairs and decorated LP’s on the walls. They also try to make a lot of the décor from reused materials. In general, the hostel interior consists of a lot of reused materials. The manager, Rafael is also creative and has made a water-collector from the AC of the rooms. They also collect rain water from the gutters, and this water is used for washing or in the garden.
We were also lucky to be introduced to Michael, who is running an organization for disabled people in wheelchairs. He is also quadrupled himself, after an accident in Thailand when he was young and travelled the world. His organization helps people with wheelchairs, rehabilitation and finding jobs. A goal is to show people the potentials they have, also with a disability. Therefore, They are organizing different activities like waterskiing, kayaking, capoeira and dancing. Another focus of this project is consulting hotels and businesses on wheelchair accessibility, and also helping tourists coming to the area. It was very inspiring talking to Michael and learning more about tourism and accessibility for disabled people as this is also an important aspect of sustainability!
It is safe to say that we at Say HI enjoyed Porto de Galinhas. It is definetly a place worth visiting, especially if you are looking for that winter get-away!
Written by: Hanna Jacobsen and Eirin Heddeland
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