Pousada PassargadaAddress: Rua Caminho do Farol, 01, Morro de Sao Paulo view map
Pousada Passárgada is strategically located on the access road to the lighthouse, next to the entry of the island. From the terrace of the pousada it is possible to see one of the most beautiful views of Morro de São Paulo. The place is much visited in the hours of sunset to enjoy the scenery and sample the delicious pães de queijo (chesse bread), a very traditional snack from Minas Gerais.
Its 16 rooms are spacious and equipped with all amenities. The hostel has a swimming pool suspended with infinity edge and whirlpool, and also a room with a pool table and sundeck with lounge chairs for relaxing.
Despite being in the village, to get to First Beach it's just a 10 minute walk, as in Morro de Sao Paulo everything is very close.
The owner of the Inn Passárgada, Dulce Santana de Menezes, was born in Minas Gerais, grew up in Goiânia and fell in love with Bahia. The story of how she came to Morro de Sao Paulo is curious. Being a widow, she decided to travel with two of her five children to a few places in Brazil and, after passing through various destinations in Bahia, arrived in Morro.
With a degree in Social Sciences, she decided to invest in some kind of tourist enterprise. Arriving in Morro de Sao Paulo, she fell in love with and was delighted by the island's natural beauty. Despite being driven by impulse, she had thoroughly examined the possibility of the business to work or not. According to the manager, her analysis was based on the fact that Morro de Sao Paulo did not have cars and that this made a positive impact on both the environment and the opportunity for developing tourism infrastructure.
Upon returning home, in Minas Gerais, she found the publication of a report on Morro de Sao Paulo in Veja magazine. She took this as a sign of destiny. That was in May 1993 and in September the same year, Dulce bought the pousada from a local resident. The name of the inn, Passárgada, was suggested by one of her sons who was inspired by the poem by Manuel Bandeira.
The pousada started with 5 rooms and is now up to 16. A few years ago, she invested in the infrastructure, expanding and improving the facilities. Today, Dulce has the help of a son, Alexandre Borges de Menezes, who moved to the island and brought along with ideas to modernize everything.
Dulce, besides managing the pousada, also serves customers in person. Sometimes she is called to the front desk simply because guests are keen to say goodbye and thank you for the welcome. Modestly, she gives all to the merits of the team working there. To recharge every day early in the morning she walks from Passárgadal to the Fourth beach.
The pousada still has the mark of the owners in the traditional pãozinho de queijo (chesse bread), a famous Brazilian snack from Minha Gerai, which is served in the restaurant. At the time of the sunset, the locale becomes a meeting point for tourists and residents to sample the delights and enjoy the beautiful view seen from the balcony.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
The Pousada Passargada focuses on the efficient use of energy and on the support of popular and sporting events
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The Pousada Passárgada is aware of its sustainable responsibilities, providing efficient ways to use the energy: The pousada has a solar heating system, energy-saving bulbs and systems in all rooms.
Regarding to social issues, the Pousada Passárgada uses local the labor in the region. The pousada also supports popular festivals such as the Patron's and children's day and even sporting events like the Surf Championship in Morro de Sao Paulo.
The Pousada Passárgada believes that the knowledge about the needs of nature and society give you the conditions to maintain and develop projects related to these areas. The efficient use of energy and contributions to the community are small samples of how it is possible to have sustainable actions.