A 2 Week Self Drive Exploring the Colonial Towns & Beautiful Beaches of Brazils Northeast Coast

Our Northeast Brazil Self Drive Holiday is one of our Travel Specialists favourite holidays as it mixes some absolutely stunning beaches with exploring some of Brazil’s most fascinating towns and cities.

You will begin your holiday in the heart of Old Town Salvador and its network of cobbled streets, brightly coloured colonial buildings, shops and restaurants. You will then pick up your car and head out on the open road to Praia do Forte and one of the best beaches in Brazil. After some time to relax you will then head north to the colonial town of Aracuja. Finally your journey will head to Porto de Galinhas and another coastline of stunning beaches. Finally the itinerary finishes the UNESCO town of Olinda with time to explore here and the vibrant nearby city of Recife.

This itinerary is a great self-drive brazil holiday and a perfect trip to combine stunning beaches with exploring some great towns and cities.


  • Discover the vibrant historic old town of Salvador
  • Head out on the open road with the freedom of your own car
  • Discover the beautiful beaches of Praia do Forte
  • Explore the colonial town of Aracaju
  • Relax on one of Porto de Galinhas stunning beaches
  • Finish in the historic town of Olinda – a UNESCO heritage site.
  • Prices start from just £2,249.00 per person


Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.

Day 1 - 2: Salvador

Fly from the UK to Salvador for 2 nights in the heart of the Pelourinho district which is the charming historic district of the city.

You will have a day at leisure to explore the old town of Salvador with its colourful colonial houses, abundant churches and cobbled streets lined with charming bars. Be sure to ride the beautiful art deco Elavador Lacerda which connects the upper city to the harbour for great views out to sea.

Day 3 - 6: Praia do Forte

You will be transferred to the car hire office at Salvador Airport where you will pick up your vehicle for the next 12 days. A 4 door sedan including air conditioning and standard insurance is included but you may choose to upgrade to something sportier for your upcoming journey to Recife.

The first drive is just 2 hours to Praia do Forte where you will stay 4 nights on or near to the beach. Enjoy 3 days at leisure to explore some of the stunning beaches that make up the coastline around Praia do Forte. Alternatively you may decide not to do very much at all!

Day 7 - 8: Aracaju

The drive from Praia do Forte to Aracaju will take around 4 hours but longer if you choose to stop and do some exploring along the way. Aracaju is a small colonial town with charm and you will stay a hotel near to the centre of town.

With a day at leisure you may decide to relax by the pool of the hotel, explore town or venture to some of the great beaches along the coastline from town.

Day 9 - 12: Porto de Galinhas

The drive from Aracaju to Porto de Galinhas is the longest one of the holiday and will take around 7 hours. We recommend an early start and taking your time to enjoy the great scenery. You may decide to stop in the towns of Penedo or Maceio along the way. Upon arrival at Porto de Galinhas you will stay at a hotel for 4 nights.

Enjoy 3 days at leisure in the area where you would be forgiven for just relaxing by the pool or on the beach sipping ice cold cocktails! If you are feeling more adventurous you can explore more of this beautiful stretch of coastline.

Day 13 - 14: Olinda (Recife)

The final drive from Porto de Galinhas to Olinda takes just 2 hours and it’s one of the most beautiful historic towns in Brazil. So much so it has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

With your last day it is well worth exploring Olinda but the nearby city of Recife is also worth looking around. In almost complete contrast Recife is a vibrant, modern city on the coast and very popular as a holiday spot for Brazilians. It is an easy drive between the two.

Day 15 - 16: Fly to the UK

You will drive back to Recife airport where you will drop off the car before taking your overnight flight back to the UK.

Guide Prices



 Tours & Transfers  From Price

 3 - 4 Star

 Self drive  £2249.00 per person

 4 - 5 Star

 Self drive  £3069.00 per person

The price is based on twin / double share and based on the lowest season of travel. Please contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist or submit an enquiry to have this holiday accurately costed for you.


  • International Economy Flights from UK (via Lisbon)
  • 14 night's accommodation as detailed
  • Private Transfers in Salvador
  • 12 Days Car Hire - 4 Door Sedan Car with Air Conditioning and Standard Insurance
  • Services of Latin Routes Guides throughout your stay


  • Meals not indicated in your itinerary,
  • Local departure taxes payable locally,
  • Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges,
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc,
  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary),
  • Camera or video fees at any sites,
  • Travel insurance
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