Parati 'shows the peaceful side of Brazil' - 05 Nov 2007
The town of Parati should be on the itinerary of anyone planning a holiday in Brazil, it has been advised.
Writing in the Telegraph, Katie Derham noted the town's balanced atmosphere - following a period as one of the world's most lucrative trading ports some 300 years ago, Parati remained untouched until the construction of a main coast road between Sao Paulo and nearby Rio de Janeiro, she explained.
Now, this immaculately-preserved sense of history mingles with the relaxed, tranquil lifestyle that characterises Parati in the 21st century, the writer observed.
"It is the most perfect gem of a place - picturesque without being manicured, lively without being overrun by gap-year students," she remarked.
Weaving a visit to Parati into a holiday in Brazil can open tourists up to experiences including fishing boat trips to tucked-away islands, low-key seafood restaurants and peaceful swimming coves.
Tourists looking for a good excuse to visit the town could drop by to recuperate following the Rio de Janeiro carnival, held 40 days before Easter.