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Angra dos Reis

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Nickname(s): Angra
Location in the state of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil
Angra dos Reis is located in Brazil
Angra dos Reis
Location in the state of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil
Coordinates: 23°00′24″S 44°19′05″W / 23.00667°S 44.31806°W / -23.00667; -44.31806
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State Rio de Janeiro
Founded January 6, 1502
Government
 - Mayor Fernando Antonio Ceciliano Jordão (PMDB)
Area
 - Total 816.3 km2 (315.2 sq mi)
Elevation 1,378 m (4,521 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 144.137
 - Density 180.1/km2 (466.5/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 - Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Website www.angra.rj.gov.br
Municipal Government address:
Prefeitura Municipal de Angra dos Reis
Praça Nilo Peçanha, 186
Centro, Angra dos Reis, CEP: 23900-000

Angra dos Reis is a municipality located southwest of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, some 150 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is famous for its coastline, consisting of the Bay of Ilha Grande, a beautiful and pristine setting having 365 islands, of which the largest and most important is Ilha Grande. Brazil's only operational nuclear power station (the Central Nuclear Almirante Álvaro Alberto) is located here. Its main population center is the port and city of the same name.

Municipal boundaries are with:

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Economy

The most important economic activities are commerce, fishing, industry, services and tourism. The port has an oil terminal as well as shipbuilding (Keppel Fels, former Verolme). Brazil's only nuclear power stations, Angra I and Angra II are located nearby. They employ 3,000 people, and generate another 10,000 indirect jobs in Rio de Janeiro State. Tourism is highly developed with countless beaches, islands and pristine waters perfect for swimming or scuba diving.

There is a small cattle herd of 4,200 head. The main agricultural products in planted area are:

  • bananas: 1,460 hectares / 3,600 tons
  • coconut: 10 hectares / 130,000 fruits
  • oranges: 4 hectares / 25 tons
  • hearts of palm (palmito): 50 hectares / 75 tons
  • sugarcane: 20 hectares / 390 tons

Data are from IBGE

Meaning of the name

Gaspar de Lemos, a navigator and commander of the Portuguese naval fleet embanked at the Big Island (Ilha Grande) on 6 January 1502, the “Kings’ day”, that is, “Dia de Reis.” Accordingly, the place was named “Angra dos Reis”, which means “Kings’ Cove” or loosely - anchorage of the kings.

Trivia

Júlia da Silva Bruhns, the mother of German writers Heinrich Mann and Thomas Mann, was born here.[2] However, there is disagreement about the exact place of birth, as some sources (including the German Wikipedia) assert she was born in the nearby town of Parati.

Former three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna once made his residence in Angra Dos Reis.

References

  1. ^ http://www.ibge.gov.br/home/estatistica/populacao/estimativa2006/POP_2006_DOU.pdf
  2. ^ Download family report, stating birthplace

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Angra dos Reis is in Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil. A beautiful mirage of 365 islands, Angra dos Reis is a popular getaway for Rio residents, since there are plenty of nice beaches around. If you end up in the town of Angra dos Reis itself, it is quite likely that you are on your way to the popular island Ilha Grande, since Angra is the main port to the island.

Get in

Apart from the town, Angra dos Reis is comprised of 365 islands and two thousand beaches filled with natural beauty, legends and social events. It is located in the Fluminense Green Coast, between the States of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, on the margins of the Rio-Santos Highway (BR-101). To know well this part of the Fluminense Green Coast, one must travel by boat, being able to see the crystalline waters, and the mansions of the rich and famous, erected on private islands.

Among all of its islands, Ilha Grande stands out. Considered the paradise of adventurers, with its trails, waterfalls and deserted beaches, it played an important role in Brazil’s historical-cultural scenario for having housed a prison for almost 60 years.

In the past, Angra dos Reis was one of the most important ports of the Fluminense coast. Ships loaded with goods docked there from the other side of the world. Slave ships also arrived there with hundreds of slaves to supply forced labor in the coffee plantations of the region.

  • Yacht charter Angra Dos Reis Windward Islands, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yacht in Brasil. Operating from different offices worldwide (UK, USA, Honk Kong, Dubai, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland).

Eat

There are excellent restaurants that serve from fish and seafood, to international dishes.

Sleep

Looking for accommodation online in Angra can be confusing, since the beach resorts and the downtown hotels can be hard to tell apart. If you just need somewhere to sleep before going to Ilha Grande the next day, don't book an expensive resort far from the port.

The majority of accommodation options are on the Contorno road north of town. They range from luxurious hotels to small cozy inns, and attractive prices. The cheapest options are in the center.

  • Hotel Kuxixo, Rua Prefeito Joao Galindo 142, Centro, +55 24 3365 0346. In the center of town. Also used by lonely lovers. No breakfast. Double R$ 45.  edit
  • Hotel Colonial, Rua da Conceição, 231, Centro (a stone's throw from the pier), +55 24 3365 0226. Naked light bulb-type of place with no points for charm, but if you're going to Ilha Grande the location is great. Breakfast included. Double R$ 90.  edit
  • Hotel Caribe, Rua da Conceição, 255, Centro (a few meters from Hotel Colonial), +55 24 3365 0033 (), [1]. Another option if you want to sleep close to the pier, more upscale than Hotel Colonial.  edit
  • Pestana Angra Hotel, Estrada Vereador Benedito Adelino, 3700 - Retiro 23930-050 Angra dos Reis (RJ), (, fax: :+55 (24) 3364 2005), [2]. Five-star luxury resort. Double from R$ 360.  edit

Get out

The cheapest way to get to Ilha Grande is the ferries operated by BARCAS S/A. They take 90 minutes and normally depart twice a day. Note that the schedule is changed frequently. Prices are significantly lower on Monday through Thursday than on Fridays, weekends and holidays.

There are also several private boats from Angra dos Reis port to Vila do Abraão on Ilha Grande, leaving almost every hour (depeding on the demand). Prices may vary from R$ 15,00 do R$ 25,00. If you walk near the pier and look like a tourist you will be approached by these boat operators. Note that they may not be entirely truthful about how soon their boat will depart - if you are told to wait on a pier and see no boat nearby, find another operator.

Daily buses operated by Costa Verde leave from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis. Daily buses from São Paulo to Angra dos Reis are operated by Reunidas.

Routes through Angra dos Reis
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