Angra dos Reis, the "Bay of Kings"
Colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and clear green waters. Schooners, yachts, and fishing skiffs drift among the bay's 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Indeed, Angra dos Reis's popularity lies in its strategic location near the islands. Some are deserted stretches of sand, others patches of Atlantic rain forest surrounded by emerald waters perfect for swimming or snorkeling.
Angra dos Reis means "Bay of the Kings". This is because it was first reached on January 6th 1502, when Catholics celebrate Epiphany, the Day of the Three Kings. The place makes justice to its name: even kings would fell under the spell of the beautiness of Angra. Magnificent, crystal-clear waters, dozens of beaches and a number of islands and islets (365) which would take exactly a year to be visited. The largest of such islands, Ilha Grande, is an attration by itself, seeked by visitors interested in diving and trekking.
Compared with the gorgeous beaches, the small town center looks disappointing. Angra is a city with hills, from the top of which one can see the main economic activities of the region, besides tourism: the piers for construction and repair of large vessels.
Luxury mansions and charming inns offer beautiful views, secluded beaches and modern amenities. Many Brazilian celebrities have summer houses in or around Angra, and it´s a popular place for many to usher in each New Year; a traditional event of New Year´s day in Angra is a maritime parade of brightly decorated boats.