The Island of Ilhabela

Ecological Paradise and Preservation Area

Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program takes place in the island of Ilhabela, at the north coast of the state of Sao Pablo, Brazil. Located at 200 km from the city of Sao Pablo, is the largest island of an archipelago formed of this and other of minor dimension.  Ilhabela is an ecological paradise, covered by Mata Atlantica (atlantic rainforest) home of unique fauna and flora, with more than 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls of cristalin pure water, the highest mountains are held here. Being a unique ecological ambience, and harboring various endangered species, 84% of the island is a preservation area, protected by the Parque Estadual Ilhabela.


The preservation area is also home of the Caicaras, the native community of the region. Caicaras are today a sustainable community still keeping their own tradition and ancient skills. The community is nowadays facing danger of losing their land because of economic growth and interest and local and national organization are helping them keeping their land and way of life. They fish with their own nets and with harpoon to feed their families as well as being their main economic income. The traditional know-how of is one of the main intangible assets of Ilhabela. 



How to get to Ilhabela

Nearest airport is Guarulhos International Airport in the city of Sao Pablo, Brasil. To get to the island you can share with other artists a car service or  right from the airport there is a bus service passaromarron o litoralea (you can buy your ticket online to avoid delays to Sao Sebastiao. Takes from 3 to 4 hours. The bus leaves you right in the port where you take the free “balsa” service that crosses you to the island of Ilhabela in 20 minutes. To get to the house you can get a bus or a private car service. 


Casa Na Ilha

Rua 3, 400  Siriuba 1, Ilhabela, CEP 11630-000, Brazil