On my last day on Ilhabela, I took a ride up to the town of Vila Ilhabela with Paul, a Dutch guy who arrived at the hostel the night before. We took a walk along the gorgeous seaside and around the very small historic settlement located there. A few colonial buildings remain.
The beautiful blue church on the hill is called Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora d’Ajuda and was built in the 16th century. In front is an interesting crucifix made of recycled metal parts.
Praia do Curral
After lunch, we met Julie, Esmee, and Ben at Praia do Curral, a nice beach on the mainland side of the island. The receptionist at the hostel told us it was the nicest beach accessible on the main road. We got a few chairs at a beach bar and had caipirinhas until the sun set.