It is hard to rid yourself of the beauties of Ilha Grande. During our unexpectedly prolonged stay we decided to marvel at the Lopes Mendes Beach as well. It is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world so we ventured on to check it out.
To be eligible for the title most beautiful beach in the world you’d have to be relatively untouched by those barbarians, the humans. In Lopes Mendes it is prohibited to dock any kind of vessel. When you gaze in the water, you see only water! We were used to harbors and beaches filled to the brim with boats, wooden dinghies, ferries and even cruise ships in the distance. Lopes Mendes is completely empty! On this special beach you can concentrate on the most important thing – the beach itself!
On the long, curved scythe-like shoreline there are exactly three huts, or more precisely, three stalls offering water, chips and so on. There are around 50 people and all of them sit in the shadow of the near forest. There are no umbrellas to restrict the view. If seen from a bird’s eye the beach would appear empty.
You can find shelter from the sun in the water. No matter how far you go it is always bright blue and you can reach the bottom.
The waves crash forcefully enough to make you wet from head to toe. The sand squeaks and the waves splash. Those are the only sounds. There are no beach merchants, no screams or crying.
How do you reach the beach if not by boat? On foot. There are two options – 2 hours and a half from the nearest village to Lopes Mendes or 25 minutes from the nearest beach where boats are allowed. Does that explain why the beach is so vacant? Does it explain how it stayed so clean?
|The boats drop you off on the next beach over, then you cross the isthmus and you find yourself on Lopes Mendes|
The time spent on this beach is time gained! It is usually hard to reach the most beautiful things and they lack “charm” to the tourists. We recommend this place wholeheartedly. If you ever stumble upon something this beautiful, please share with us!
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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