Fernando de Noronha seen by Jean-Paul Delfino
Truly speaking the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, situated off Natal, is not the sort of destination meant for just anybody without distinction. Out here, no touristic industry, prepared to sell unusual sights to as many tourists as possible. Neither will you find architectural nor historical riches meant to lure the clients, such as can be seen in other touristic destinations. No. Blessed by nature, preserved by strict environmental regulations, Fernando de Noronha stands alone with its sheer beauty and its unique splendour.
With less than three thousand inhabitants, this national park has very naturally acquired its reputation by entering the prestigious UNESCO world heritage list where are recorded the most remarkable sites on our planet. One after the other, the Amerindians, the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese owned the archipelago that was to become, by a historical hazard, from 1938 to 1988, a place of imprisonment, a land for the convicts. Yet, for nearly thirty years now, the Vincent de la Rongne archipelago, so named in 1614 by a Capuchin friar, Claude d’Abbeville, and later called by the French Île Delphine, has so to speak come back to its primeval state.
Except for a few relics of the past (mainly fortifications such as Santana, Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Atalaia), the real charm stems from the beaches and the extremely well preserved underwater sea-beds, so transparent that one can dive as far as fifty metres deep without the need of a torch. With its sea-turtles, its dolphins, its coral reefs and its infinite variety of fishes, the Fernando do Noronha archipelago remains a delightful site where nature and environmental preservation reign together in harmony.
Written by : © Jean-Paul Delfino (This text is subject to copyrights protection in accordance with existing laws)
Our description of Fernando de Noronha is on this web page : https://terra-nordeste.com/en/destination/fernando-de-noronha-pipa-en/
Other texts by Jean-Paul Delfino are available here: Travel Diaries - Jean-Paul Delfino
Jean-Paul Delfino is a French writer and screenwriter so passionate about Brazil that he has taken on the writing of a major novel fresco entitled "Suite brésilienne" which covers three centuries of great Brazilian history.
Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Delfino