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Santo Aleixo Island


Santo Aleixo Island, known in its old form as 'île Saint-Alexis,' is a hidden treasure that harbors a rich and captivating history dating back centuries. Since the 16th century, this small island has been the stage for events that left their mark on colonial Brazil, playing an intriguing role in the region's history.





Photo referring to the old island of Santo Aleixo


Explorers of the Century


In the early 16th century, the region where Santo Aleixo Island is located today was explored by Spanish and Portuguese navigators in search of new sea routes and riches. In 1527, Spanish navigator Rodrigo Acuña shipwrecked on the Pernambuco coast and found refuge on the island with some of his companions.




Old ships near the island of Santo Aleixo



The First Invasion


In 1531, the island became the stage of the first recorded French invasion in Brazil. The French, attracted by the abundance of Brazilwood in the region, decided to temporarily occupy this paradise island during their exploratory expeditions. These French invasions reinforced the search for valuable resources.





an old photo of the island of santo aleixo


The Peaceful Evolution of the Island


With the end of the War of the Mascates in 1715, the island witnessed a significant transformation in its history. After this conflict, the island remained under Brazil's control, but its strategic role gradually diminished. During the 18th century, the island experienced a period of relative tranquility, with fishing communities and small plantations developing on its fertile lands.




Stone and Legacy

On the sands of Santo Aleixo Island, in the early 20th century, a remarkable feat of architecture silently rose amidst the paradise landscape.



stone house on the island of santo aleixo


The Stone House of Santo Aleixo


In the early 20th century, Santo Aleixo Island witnessed the meticulous construction of an impressive stone house. Each stone that composed its solid structure was extracted from the island itself, a testament to the builders' skill.​ 




stone building on the island of Santo Aleixo




A Unique Refuge


This house, built with such care, played a truly unique role in the island's history. During a remarkable chapter, it opened its doors to welcome a group of distinguished visitors, including the Franciscan priests, who found in Santo Aleixo Island a spiritual refuge.





stone house on the island of santo aleixo



The Legacy of the House of Santo Aleixo


Despite abandonment, the Santo Aleixo house remains an icon on the island, reminding everyone of its former glory and the historical significance it carries. It is more than a stone structure; it is a living testimony to the deep connection between the island and those who love it.




A New Era

Few people visited the island, which was inhabited by a small number of fishermen. Life on the island was quiet and traditional, with residents primarily living from small-scale fishing and agriculture.



Image of Ancient Santo Aleixo Island


Ilha de Santo Aleixo

The Island of Santo Aleixo, known in the old form as "île Saint-Alexis," is a hidden treasure that harbors a rich and captivating history dating back centuries. Since the 16th century, this small island has been the scene of events that have marked colonial Brazil, playing an intriguing role in the region's history.





Image of 16th Century Navigators


​The 16th-Century Navigators

In the early 16th century, the region where Santo Aleixo Island now stands was explored by Spanish and Portuguese navigators in search of new maritime routes and riches. In 1527, the Spanish navigator Rodrigo Acuña shipwrecked on the Pernambuco coast and found refuge on the island along with some of his companions.






Image of 16th Century Navigators


The First Invasion

In 1531, the island became the stage for the first recorded French invasion in Brazil. The French, attracted by the abundance of Brazilwood in the region, decided to temporarily occupy this paradise island during their exploratory expeditions. These French invasions further fueled the quest for valuable resources.





Image of the Pacific Evolution of the Island


The Peaceful Evolution

With the end of the Mascate War in 1715, the island witnessed a significant transformation in its history. After this conflict, the island remained under Brazilian control, but its strategic significance gradually diminished. During the 18th century, the island saw a period of relative tranquility, with communities of fishermen and small plantations developing on its fertile lands.





Image of the Stone House of Santo Aleixo


The Stone House of Santo Aleixo

At the dawn of the 20th century, Santo Aleixo Island saw the emergence of a remarkable construction: a meticulously built stone house. Much of the stone that composed its sturdy structure was sourced from the island itself. This unique house stood as a tangible testament to human skill and the harmony with nature that the island abundantly provided.





Stone house on the island of Santo Aleixo


A Unique Retreat

The house, built with care, played a unique role in the island's history. During a notable chapter, its doors opened to welcome a group of distinguished visitors, including Franciscan priests who found in Santo Aleixo Island a spiritual and historical retreat. It was here that these priests, dedicated to spirituality and the preservation of history, chose as their temporary home.





Atalho da Praia da Ferradura

​​Seja bem-vindo ao atalho que o levará diretamente à deslumbrante Praia da Ferradura. Esta rota é o segredo dos apressados e curiosos que desejam mergulhar na beleza costeira sem demora. Um caminho que corta pela exuberante vegetação da ilha.​

Um Paraíso Escondido

​​​A Praia da Ferradura é uma joia costeira situada na deslumbrante Ilha de Santo Aleixo, em. Conhecida por sua forma característica que lembra uma ferradura, essa praia encanta visitantes com suas águas cristalinas, areias douradas e cenário paradisíaco.

Tesouros da Natureza

As incríveis piscinas naturais da Praia da Ferradura na Ilha, é um local perfeito para que as crianças possam desfrutar de mergulhos seguros e observar os peixes coloridos. Essas piscinas naturais são um verdadeiro tesouro escondido, onde a água é calma e cristalina, proporcionando um ambiente ideal para os pequenos exploradores aquáticos.


Interação Íntima

Na Praia da Ferradura, você tem a oportunidade única de não apenas observar, mas também interagir diretamente com a vida marinha. Uma experiência emocionante aguarda aqueles que desejam alimentar os peixes e sentir a suavidade de suas formas tocando a pele.


Capturando a Magia

Para os amantes da fotografia, a Praia da Ferradura é um verdadeiro presente. Se você é um profissional em busca de cenários deslumbrantes ou um entusiasta apaixonado por capturar beleza natural, esse local oferece infinitas possibilidades para eternizar a magia do ambiente marinho e as emoções que ele evoca.


Encante-se em Família

Ambiente perfeito para diversão e entretenimento na Ilha de Santo Aleixo, que atende a todos os públicos, desde casais românticos até famílias e grupos de amigos em busca de diversão. Com uma ampla variedade de atividades e atrações, esta ilha paradisíaca oferece algo para todos os gostos e idades



A New Era

By the early 21st century, the island was a little-known destination. Few people visited the island, which was inhabited by a small number of fishermen.

Image in 1995 Santo Aleixo Island

Year 1995

Visitors seeking a paradise retreat. In the background, the iconic cross on the hilltop bore witness to the faith of the local inhabitants.

Image of the Island in 2000

Year 2000

The year 2000 marked the beginning of an era in which luxury vessels regularly anchored on its paradise beaches.

Image of the Island in 2005

Year 2005

The beginning of tourism on the island, with the presence of local vendors playing a significant role in visitors' experiences.


Image of the Island in 2010

Year 2010

In this year, mass tourism took center stage, with frequent arrivals of catamarans filled with visitors.





Traces of the Past

Fascinating remnants of a past marked by ancient wars.

Submerged remains on the island of Santo Aleixo

Submerged Traces

A fascinating discovery emerged from the waters, an ancient projectile adorned with striking coral encrustations. A relic, dating back to ancient times.

Ancient projectile Santo Aleixo Island

Ancient Projectile on Rocky Ground

At the summit of an isolated hill, a treasure was revealed, an ancient projectile, resting silently on the rocky ground. This intriguing artifact, found at the heights of the island. 

Trace of Flow Blue

Trace of Flow Blue

Among the rocks, a graceful fragment of fine Flow Blue faience, possibly part of a cup. Dating from the 19th century to the early 20th century.

Fine Shell Edged Earthenware

Fine Shell Edged Faience

A graceful fragment of fine Shell Edged faience, belonging to a plate. This find, dated from the 19th century, reveals the delicacy of the ornamented edges.

Fine Faience with Willow Pattern

Fine Faience with Willow Pattern

Delicate fragment of fine faience, adorned with the classic Willow pattern. Dating from the 19th century, this discovery evokes an era of timeless elegance.

Fine Earthenware with Banded Pattern

Fine Faience with Banded Pattern

A delicate piece of fine faience, boasting the distinctive Banded pattern. This treasure, dated from the 19th century, resonates with the timeless elegance characteristic of this pattern.








The Era of Touris

In 2020, the Island of Santo Aleixo in Pernambuco consolidated its status as a growing tourist destination. Sustainable tourism was emphasized.

Image of Trail Tourism

Hiking Tourism

In the image, we see the lush trail unfolding before us, showcasing a fascinating aspect of modern tourism.

Family Day Image

Family Journey

In the tenderness of this image, we witness the beauty of family tourism on Santo Aleixo Island. Here, generations come together to share special moments.​

Image of Toast to Identity

A Toast to Identity

A hand holds a refreshing coconut, framing perfectly the newest sign on the Island of Santo Aleixo.

Squirrel Watching Image

Squirrel Watching

Observing squirrels on the island offers a unique experience, where you can see these agile and curious animals as they leap from branch to branch.

Restauranta a beira mar na ilha de santo aleixo

Santo Aleixo's Restaurants

We conclude our fascinating visual and historical journey through the Island with this stunning aerial view of the beachfront restaurants.

Visitors to Santo Aleixo Island


​Year 1995

Visitors Seeking a Paradise Retreat​


Visitors from around the world yearned to discover the hidden charms of Santo Aleixo Island, seeking a paradise retreat. Drawn by the promise of pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, these adventurous souls embarked on journeys to this hidden piece of paradise in the ocean.




old boats on the island of santo aleixo

ANO 2000

The Arrival of Luxury Vessels.


The year 2000 marked a significant turning point in Santo Aleixo Island's history when luxury and sophistication found their way to its paradise beaches. At that time, the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island began to welcome visitors aboard impressive luxury vessels.



local sellers on the island of Santo Aleixo



Year 2005

Local Vendors and the Visitor Experience


The year 2005 marked the official beginning of tourism on Santo Aleixo Island. At this time, the island was just beginning to receive more visitors, and the presence of local vendors played a crucial role in the experience of those exploring it for the first time.





large flow of tourists on the island of santo aleixo

Year 2010

​The Arrival of Mass Tourism.


In this year, Santo Aleixo Island witnessed a remarkable transformation in its tourism scene, with the presence of mass tourism taking center stage. Catamarans, agile and spacious vessels, began to frequently dock on its shores.



Remnant of the Past


Carefully preserved remnants tell the story of ancient wars that shaped this volcanic island over the centuries.

Submerged Projectile Traces

Submerged Projectile Traces

A truly fascinating discovery emerged from the waters, revealing not only the passage of time but also traces of ancient narratives. It is an ancient projectile, adorned with striking coral encrustations. This relic, dating back to ancient times, offers a unique glimpse into war practices and cultural interactions.

Ancient Projectile in Rocky Ground

Ancient Projectile on Rocky Ground

At the summit of an isolated hill, we unveiled an archaeological treasure - an ancient projectile, resting silently on the rocky ground. This intriguing artifact, discovered in the heights of the island, adds a new layer of mystery to the landscape.

Flow Blue Fine Earthenware

Fine Flow Blue Earthenware

Among the stones, a graceful fragment of fine Flow Blue faience, possibly part of a cup, tells its own story of elegance. Dating from the 19th century to the early 20th century.


Fine Shell Edged Earthenware

Fine Shell Edged Earthenware

A graceful fragment of Shell Edged earthenware, possibly part of a plate, was discovered among the rocks. Dating back to the 19th century, this find not only reveals the delicacy of ornate edges but also adds a maritime touch to the unfolding history in the cracks of time.


Fine Faience with Willow Pattern

Fine Earthenware with Willow Pattern

This delicate fragment of fine earthenware, with the classic Willow pattern, transports us to a time of timeless elegance. Dating from the 19th century, this find offers a captivating view of daily life, highlighting the intrinsic beauty that permeated every detail of the culture of that era.

Fine Earthenware with Banded Pattern

Fine Earthenware Banded Pattern

A delicate piece of fine faience, featuring the distinctive Banded pattern, dates back to the 19th century. This treasure resonates with the timeless elegance characteristic of this pattern, adding a note of enduring refinement to the historical panorama. Each fragment is a silent witness to the passage of time.

The Era of Tourism

In the year 2020, this gem of Pernambuco solidified its status as a growing tourist destination.

Trail Tourism santo aleixo island

Trail Tourism: Connecting with Nature

In this image, the lush trail unfolds before us, revealing a fascinating aspect of modern tourism. Santo Aleixo Island offers a perfect environment for nature lovers to explore incredible trails, where they can connect deeply with the untouched natural beauty of the island. 

Family Day Santo Aleixo Island

Family Journey: Bonds Strengthened by Nature

In the tenderness of this image, we witness the beauty of family tourism on Santo Aleixo Island. Here, generations gather to share special moments in an environment that nurtures family bonds. It is a place where children explore, learn about nature, and create precious memories with their loved ones, making this tourism experience a celebration of family.​

Savoring the Culture of Santo Aleixo Island

Cheers to Identity: Savoring the Island's Culture

A hand gently holds a refreshing coconut, perfectly framing the newest sign of Santo Aleixo Island. This moment captures the essence of tourism that celebrates local culture. Visitors can toast to the unique identity of the island, experiencing its cuisine, refreshing drinks, and warm hospitality.

Island Squirrels: Observing the Wildlife

Island Squirrels: Observing Wildlife

A hand gently holds a refreshing coconut, perfectly framing the newest sign of Santo Aleixo Island. This moment captures the essence of tourism that celebrates local culture. Visitors can toast to the unique identity of the island, experiencing its cuisine, refreshing drinks, and warm hospitality.

Restaurants in Santo Aleixo: Tasting the Flavor by the Sea

​Santo Aleixo Restaurants: Savoring Seaside Flavors

We conclude our fascinating visual and historical journey through the island with this stunning aerial view of the seaside restaurants. Here, visitors can indulge in local cuisine and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. Each meal is a celebration of authentic flavors.