São Sebastião

Most people pass through São Sebastião on their way to and from Ilhabela. Being only 15 minutes away from Ilhabela by ferry, I decided to check out São Sebastião for an hour while waiting for my bus to São Paulo.

The historic center of São Sebastião is just a five minute walk from the ferry terminal. There is a nice park along the water with great views of Ilhabela and a few cannons perched along a path.

Park in São Sebastião, Brazil

Park

Park in São Sebastião, Brazil

Park

The road along the park, Av. Dr. Altino Arantes, features a few colonial buildings along with some shops, restaurants, and juice bars.

Av. Dr. Altino Arantes in São Sebastião, Brazil

Av. Dr. Altino Arantes

Av. Dr. Altino Arantes in São Sebastião, Brazil

Av. Dr. Altino Arantes

Casa Esperança and the buildings next to it are probably the nicest ones in town.

Casa Esperança in São Sebastião, Brazil

Casa Esperança

Colonial building in São Sebastião, Brazil

Colonial building

Follow the road next to Casa Esperança a bit inland and you will come to the 17th century Igreja Matriz. The church sits next to a small plaza, Praça Major João Fernandes.

Street next to Casa Esperança in São Sebastião, Brazil

Street next to Casa Esperança

Igreja Matriz in São Sebastião, Brazil

Igreja Matriz

Praça Major João Fernandes in São Sebastião, Brazil

Praça Major João Fernandes

Another attraction is the now-defunct Capela São Gonçalo. It was built in the 17th century and is currently used as the Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art).

Capela São Gonçalo in São Sebastião, Brazil

Capela São Gonçalo

The side streets have a few colorful buildings as well but nothing special.

Side street in São Sebastião, Brazil

Side street

Now you’ve seen São Sebastião!

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