Art Bed & Breakfast Paraty.
I have a double-bedded room with ensuite bathroom situated in a nice, quiet area in Paraty. The centre of town is a fifteen minute walk away as well as the nearest beach. Breakfast is included in the price.
Paraty is a lovely, colonial town which is completely preserved. Itís easy to get around on foot or by bike and there are so many attractions on offer such as the centre, beaches and wonderful waterfalls. All the bars and restaurants are situated in the centre so if you want a peaceful place to stay, come and stay with us! Beautiful colonial city, considered a National Historical Monument, it preserves until today its countless natural and architectural charms.
Explore on foot the historical Centre of Paraty, free of cars , and you will travel back in time, where walking has to be done in a leisurely pace due to the irregular rounded cobblestone pavement of its streets.
The construction of its old housing and churches reflect a certain style of that time and the mysterious masonry symbols, which decorate its walls, lead our imagination back to the old times of Brazil. The prohibition of motorized vehicles in the Centre certainly adds to this feeling of a 'time travel'.
The village was founded in 1667 around the Church of 'Nossa Senhora dos Remedios', its patron saint. Paraty (sometimes spelled 'parati') had a significant economic importance due to its sugar cane mills (it used to have over 250 distilleries), and the name 'paraty' was at a certain time synonym of a very good sugar cane rum.
In the 18th century, the port of Paraty was an important outlet for the gold and precious stones brought on horseback from Minas Gerais State to be shipped to Portugal. However, constant pirate assaults who took refuge in beaches such as Trinidad, led to abandoning the gold route, resulting in a great economic isolation.
After the opening of the Paraty-Cunha road, and especially after the opening of the Rio-Santos Highway in the seventies, Paraty became an attraction for Brazilian and international tourism, due to its good state of preservation and thanks to its natural beauties.
Its area comprises the National Park of Bocaina, the Environmental Protection Area of CairuÁu, where the village of Trindade is located, a place of rare beauty, the Park Reserve of Joatinga; it also has limits with the State Park of Serra do Mar. So, Paraty is surrounded everywhere by the Mata Atlantica, the luscious Atlantic Forest.
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