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Fishing boats for rent on a beach in Matinhos

Matinhos is a small town in Coastal Paraná.


The colonization of Matinhos began in the middle of the 19th century, when the Carijós Indians inhabited the Paraná coast, discovered in 1820 by Frenchman Augusto de Saint'Hilaire. Its first name was Matinho, the name of the river in the town, and its first settlers were Portuguese and Italians, who founded a farming colony. In 1927, the Estrada do Mar highway was inaugurated, connecting Paranaguá to Praia de Leste, which brought various families, mostly Germans, to settle in Matinhos.

Get in[edit]

The Bay of Guaratuba separates Matinhos from Guaratuba

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By ferry[edit]

A ferry connects the town to Guaratuba on the other side of the bay to the south.

Get around[edit]


Old church in Matinhos
  • Beach Walk (Calçadão da Praia).
  • Brava Beach (Praia Brava). Located on a cove, popular with surfers.
  • Fish Market (Mercado dos Pescadores), Rua Martinho Correia, 412.
  • Igreja Matriz de São Pedro, Rua Albano Muller, 196.
  • 1 Igrejinha de São Pedro, Rua Roque Vernalha. Built between 1938 and 1944.
  • Mansa Beach (Praia Mansa). Located at the entrance to the bay of Guaratuba, with calm and deep waters. Provides access to Bela and Lighthouse Beaches, as well as Tartarugas Island.
  • 2 Morro do Boi. This hill, approximately 160m high, has an ecological trail that leads to Bela and Amores Beaches and to fishing spots.
  • 3 Morro do Escalvado, +55 41 3971-6016. This 262-meter-high hill has abundant native vegetation and trails that lead to the top, from where you can see a panoramic view of all the beaches in the region.
  • 4 Pico Matinhos. Rocky point which divides the central beach from Brava Beach, where a wooden structure has been built with lookouts.
  • Rio da Onça Forest Park (Parque Florestal Rio da Onça), PR 412, Balneário de Riviera II, +55 41 3453-2472. Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. Created in 1981 with the goal of protecting the local flora and fauna, this 1660-hectare park has interpretive trails, suspension bridges, a visitor center, and a lookout.
  • 5 Tartarugas Island (Ilha das Tartarugas).



  • Surf Championship (Campeonato de Surf), Pico Matinhos (Mirante). January. An event sponsored by the state surfing federation, it attracts surfers from across the south of the country.
  • St. Peter's Festival (Festa de São Pedro). June 29. Festival in honor of the city's patron saint, with a maritime procession, mass, blessing of ships, lunch with churrasco, bingo, art and pyrotechnic shows.
  • Sororoca Festival (Festa da Sororoca), Colonia dos Pescadores. July 17-19. Local food festival.


  • Shopping de Verão, Rua Albano Müller, 625.
  • Mercado dos Pescadores, R. Martinho Correa, 412.
  • Casa da Cultura, R. Albano Muller, 111, +55 41 3971-6259.





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