ruins of Lazareto (an ancient prison) reveals some
characteristics of the original building, such as the
thick walls of mud which surrounded the cells, mantaining
the place dark and, up to a certain point, hair-rising.
These ruins are situated at Praia Preta, around 20 minutes
on foot, leaving from Vila do Abraão.
is a 15 meters high splendid waterfall and it is
considered the most beautiful one in Ilha Grande. One can
get there on foot, what usually takes 1 hour and a half
leaving from Vila do Abraão.
is a warning-light building and was raised in the
beggining of this century, on the east part of the island,
on a rocky extremity, facing the open sea and an enormous
reef named Marambaia. This place is difficult of access,
but it is possible to walk there through opened ways,
leaving either from Praia de Lopes Mendes or Praia do
is a submarine cave situated on the extreme souhtwest
coast of the island, and affords unforgettable moments to
those who enjoy diving. But remember : exploring submarine
caves demands high skills and /or the supervision of
is a pseudo-lagoon, being rather an area surrounded by
three islands. For those who enjoy snorkel diving, the
island Ilha dos Macacos is the best one.
name of this building, “Mansion of the Bat”, is, at
least, curious. It belonged to the legendary pirate Juan
de Lorenzo and is considered the third brick building
raised in Brazil. It was raised in 1629 and visiting it is
unfortunately not allowed, since it is a private property.
The cinematographer Mário Peixoto, director of the film
“Limite” (considered one of the 10 greatest films in
the history of cinema), lived here for many years.
are the remains of a village situated along a beach named
Praia da Parnaioca. It was gradually abandoned by its
inhabitants, people who were affraid of the big prison
which worked until recent times in the outskirts of the
village. Prisioners escaped often and turned the life of
the neighbourhood into a real hell. The original
inhabitants abandoned the place and settled in other parts
of Ilha Grande. Not at random that this place is called
“Vila Fantasma”, what roughly translated means