The coast of Rio Grande do Sul is famous for being a good place to practice nautical sports, such as surfing and kitesurfing. The city of Torres, near the boundary with the state of Santa Catarina, is the most beautiful stretch of that coast. It is named Torres (Towers) due to the huge cliffs that rise among the beach resorts. From the top of the “towers”, the panoramic view is a delight to everyone who sees it. Torres has a greenish sea and a charming little town center that welcomes visitors.
The Praia da Guarita (Sentry-Box Beach) is a tapestry of the region’s charms, with a dazzling landscape that combines cliffs and bay. The sea is rough and only surfers dare to face it. The ambiance, however, is tranquil. It’s the main stretch of the coast of Torres.
Close to Guarita Beach, we find Guarita Park. It offers a climb to the top of the South Tower, on a trail that seems scary at the start, because of its many steps, but it is short and can be completed quickly. At the top, the visitor is rewarded with a breathtaking view.
Itapeva Beach is another, more restful option, with calmer seas and no kiosks or vendors. The tranquility makes it appropriate for sports such as “frescobol” (a variety of beach tennis), walking or running. Cars can be parked on the sand, making it easily accessible.
The night life in town is also very enjoyable. The bars on the boardwalk of Praia Grande (Big Beach) and along the Mampituba River are very lively, with live music, snacks and delicious seafood, creating a romantic and animated atmosphere.
An out of season visit is also enjoyable. The boat trip to the Ilha dos Lobos (Wolf Island), an ecological reserve where sea lions can be seen, is even better in the low season. The boats only circle the island, without landing.
For all these reasons, Torres is considered a jewel on Brazil’s southern coast. If you want to travel and are seeking a different coastline option, don’t forget to check out Torres.