Maceio is the capital of the state of Alagoas in the north-east of Brazil, a city famous for its postcard beaches, the unmissable sea and warm weather all year round. It is one of the most beautiful and sought-after tourist destinations in Brazil, a small paradise for those looking for a holiday based on tranquillity, fun and sun.
Thanks to a particular shape of the seabed, real natural pools form, which make the water crystal clear, full of small fish: an ideal place for bathing, strolling in the water, having fun with your children or just relaxing and enjoying this wonder. The coast of Maceio boasts forty kilometres of beaches. The sea is transparent, of an intense green, the sand is white, fine, shiny. There are large green spots with palm trees and sugarcane crops. What makes it all the more wonderful is the presence, in front of the beaches, of a long coral reef, second in the world for in length.
Discover with us the ten beaches you absolutely can't miss and all the opportunities that there can also be for water sports enthusiasts or for those who prefer a relaxing day:
- Praia do Gunga
- Praia de Barra de Sao Miguel
- Praia de Paripueira
- Praia do Frances
- Praia de Pajucara
- Praia de Ipioca
- Praia do Toque
- Dunas de Marapé
- Praia de Ponta Verde
- Praia da Barra de Camaragibe
Praia do Gunga
Crystal clear water, warm sand illuminated by the sun and framed by coconut palms: This is the visiting card of Praia do Gunga, which was admitted to the Olympus of the 10 most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. A natural aquarium which can add the colourful cliffs to its beauty too. Then when the lagoon (Lagoa do Roteiro) meets the sea, the show is guaranteed: in addition to magical colours ranging from green and blue, and a lush vegetation, warm natural pools have formed. You can also climb into typical boatscalled "jangadas" and contemplate the reef from here. But it's not over: on the beach you have the opportunity to sit at the tables of the kiosks to enjoy coconut water or natural fruit juices and the delicious dishes of lobsters, shrimp, octopus, fish and oysters. The beach is located about 40 kilometres from Maceio. With small boats or schooners you can get to Mirante Alto de Santana where you will have a magnificent view and a spectacular perspective of one of the largest coconut plantations in all of Latin America. You will be struck by the incredible landscape of water, beaches, vegetation that lights up the area with the characteristic colours of these tropical areas.
Until the 19th century, this region was inhabited by an indigenous tribe, the Caeti. Here they settled and found a unique wealth and a strategic location, being able to take advantage of the sea, the Sao Miguel River and the Lagoa do Roteiro. All these conditions allowed them to have very rich farmland and have a chance to support themselves also with fishing. One of the most notable historical episodes occurred in the early 16th century, when the tribe of local native people, who were famous cannibals, devoured Bishop Dom Pedro Fernandez Sardinha, who had come from Portugal to convert the entire region to Christianity.
Praia de Barra de Sao Miguel
This is the central beach of the village of Barra de Sao Miguel, near Maceio, and is frequented mainly by locals and also by several fishermen. Near the beach there are stately holiday homes and top-notch infrastructures. The area is becoming popular, in particular, with surfers hunting for high waves. At low tide, however, natural pools are formed, ideal for a relaxing and rejuvenating bathe. The beach is renowned for scuba diving. Don't miss it in the Croa Island area. It is the most popular attraction in the Barra. There are beautiful beaches with natural pools, rustic bars where seafood dishes are served. On the left side of the Rio Santo Antonio river, you can access it by ferry. Another gem in the area is Carro Quebrado beach. Wild, white sand is surrounded by dense areas of coconut palms, and characterised by strong waves, much appreciated by surfers. In the south, cliffs of different colours are a very special and evocative attraction that attracts many tourists.
Barra de Sao Miguel is a municipality located in a quiet area, where there are other beaches: Atalaia, Niquim, Praia Bonita, Praia do Meio, Port de Vaca, Barra-Mar and Saquarema: a succession of wonders that enchant tourists for the sights they can offer. The town is also known for its strong sporting tradition: tournaments and championships in different sports are organised: from fishing, to motorbike competitions or jeeps, not forgetting surfing or mountain biking. Among the highlights there are also several exhibitions or events that liven up the town: the Carnival, the Music Festival and also some religious festivals that involve the whole city, on the occasion of the patron saint of the city Nossa Senhora de Santana, which is celebrated in July.
Praia de Paripueira
The beach in Pajucara is one of the most popular with tourists, attracted by the 25 natural pools that can be reached by the characteristic jangadas, traditional fishing boats. One way to relax and swim amidst numerous colourful fish. The scenario is heavenly, also because it is possible to walk for many metres in shallow waters, with the brighest colours. This beach belongs to the famous Dos Corais Coast, known for having one of the largest concentrations of coral reefs all over the South Atlantic. Paripueira beach is also home to the marine park for the preservation of the manatee, an endangered species. Sunbathing, outdoor or water sports, playing with children and relaxing in the calm waters are definitely a must for tourists and for locals. The area is full of kiosks, restaurants and inns that can enhance and make you discover the typical local dishes.
Praia do Frances
A very popular strip of beauty that knows how to surprise you. An ideal setting for a stroll and relaxation: this is Praia do Frances, located on the south coast of Alagoas, about 30 kilometres from Maceio. Clear water, fine sand, coconut palms and the coral reef: a series of treasures that can be discovered thanks to small boats. A unique opportunity for being able to go snorkelling with fins and snorkel in real natural pools, full of marine life.
The beach is protected by a kind of rocky natural barrier that makes the sea extremely calm and suitable for bathing. Where the barrier ends the waves begin, which together with the constant wind attract many surfers. Fishing and diving are also popular. There is no shortage of clubs or amenities at this beach. Beach bars dot the whole northern part, while Avenida Dos Corais and Rua da Algas run parallel to the beach and offer an uninterrupted row of shops and restaurants.
Legend has it that the beach served as a port for French pirate ships. Praia do Frances is located in the municipality of Marechal Deodoro, the former capital of the state of Alagoas, which brings together a colonial set of churches, townhouses and colourful houses, dating back to the seventeenth century. Since 2006, thanks to its history and architectural beauties, the town is considered as national historical heritage asset.
Praia de Pajucara
One of the most popular beaches in the Maceio Sea, the one in Pajucara has the dinghy rides to the natural pools that are formed at low tide between sandbanks and cliffs, 2 km from the coast, as its main attraction. The crossing takes an average of 15 minutes and the pools are so shallow that you will see different species of fish with your naked eye. The area is known for its beautiful craft market, where you will find all kinds of quaint souvenirs. Visiting this corner of local folklore, you can find truly original ideas for gifts that are affordable for all pockets.
The beach offers kiosks and restaurants for catering. Maceio is a city where cooking fish is a tradition. Of the gastronomic specialities from Pajuaara, the highlight is sururu de capote, a dish with shellfish cooked in coconut milk, tomato, parsley, chilli, coriander and other spices. For the more sporty types, there is also the possibility of pedalling on a cycling path or jogging. Another urban beach of considerable interest is Cruz das Almas, a beach with kiosks, restaurants and hotels. The area, in the past an indigenous cemetery, is full of mysticism, strengthened by the crashing waves. During the day it is a paradise for surfers; on full moon nights, it is the ideal scenario for lovers who celebrate, even without being aware of it, the legend of the pair of Indians, who were sacrificed because they came from rival tribes.
In Pontal da Barra, on the shore of the Munda lagoon, skilled lace-makers create lace and wonderful fabrics in filé, bilro, labyrinth and renascenca (types of local embroidery). Small shops throughout the neighbourhood sell placemats, blouses, shawls and curtains. Some of these products are sold in kiosks at the craft fair on the beach in Pajucara.
Praia de Ipioca
Ipioca Beach is located just 20 kilometres from Maceio and is characterised by thecrystal clear water, which fades from green to blue, white sand and an expanse of coconut palms. This beach is also famous for its natural pools that can be reached 3 kilometres from the coast by dinghies and traditional boats. For a memorable view from above, you can choose the Alto de Ipioca vantage point, perhaps while sitting comfortably in one of the many restaurants. Ipioca is a typical fishing village with boats and rafts, as well as a century-old church in the centre. At the top of the village there is a gazebo that allows a fantastic view of the beach This is where Marshal Floriano Peixoto, the second President of the Republic, was born. On the road leading to Ipioca beach, the offer of mangoes, pineapples, plums, langoustines and fresh fish is a must for tourists and beyond.
Praia do Toque
Located in the locality of Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Praia do Toque is really a special environment at low tide, priceless for a relaxing swim or for diving to discover the coral and appreciate marine wildlife. The crystal clear water and coral formations just a few metres from the beach create a unique spectacle. A short distance away, colourful boats used to transport tourists to the natural pools. often stop These are located right next to the reef that you see offshore. There may also be some surprises on the path.
Between the shore and the reef itself there are, in fact, several traces of corals that are interesting for the colourful species of fish inhabiting the waters. One of the main attractions of this place are the "sirens", or as they call them locally, the "peixes boi": commonly referred to as Manatees. This very rare species actually lives in an area 7 kilometres from Sao Miguel, in a protected area. Some specimens are left free and sometimes appear along the coast. Sao Miguel dos Milagres is 100 km from Maceio, on the Corais Coast (between the city and Recife) and is made up of very picturesque villages.
It is one of the oldest cities in the state of Alagoas and it emerged over a century. The town is a perfect destination for those who wish to escape from the urban noise and enjoy days of tranquillity in inns or quaint hotels, immersed in a scenario where nature is the protagonist. In Sao Miguel dos Milagres, next to the wild beaches, there are places that mix rusticity and sophistication, forming special hiding places.
Dunas de Marapé
65 kilometres from Maceio is Dunas de Marapé, an oasis of nature that owes its beauty to the encounter between sea and river. It is a succession of colours which vary from green to blue and a mixture of dunes, crags and lush nature. There are those who choose boats to go deeper into this wonder, those who prefer horses for crossing fine sand paths, and those who simply like walking and get lost in the distance.
On the top of the cliffs there are those who say that the sand is coloured. The mangrove forest that surrounds the entire border is an important natural nursery for numerous species of fish; crustaceans and shellfish. For lovers of nature and unspoiled landscapes, a short distance away you can reach the trail called Caetés and the Pau de Arara circuit: they are a great alternative for those looking for direct contact with nature, the striking landscapes, the diversity in the vegetation.
Visitors will also enjoy a peaceful and peaceful environment: great, in particular, for those who want to have fun with family and friends. Along the way, you can admire the bucolic scene that prevails in this part of Alagoas, overlooking the lagoon on one side, fishermen's houses on the other. You will see their working tools in particular for the fishing of carapeba, a particular fish in the area.
Ponta Verde in Maceio is a tip of land emerging from the sea, covered by green coconut palms and is the perfect place for those who like to go snorkelling or diving. The area is full of kiosks with live music, restaurants, hotels and sandwich bars. Considered one of the best urban beaches, here the water is clean and very quiet. All along the shore there is a beautiful walkway full of kiosks where you can try seafood dishes.
There is also a lighthouse, which has become a symbol of the town and is amongst the most photographed points by tourists. At 11 metres high, it dazzles with its simple and iconic beauty. There is a curiosity about the ancient name of this beach. In the past it was called Praia das Acanhadas (Beach of the Embarrassed) as according to legend it was sought after by shy young people who wanted to bathe without being seen, being able to exploit even the huge trees to hide. Today, Ponta Verde is one of the busiest and bestmodern neighbourhoods in Maceio, featuring the best restaurants and hotels on the Alagoas coast, as well as the most luxurious buildings. Formerly, the beach could boast the most famous of the city’s symbols, the "Gogo da Ema", a coconut palm whose trunk resembled the neck of a nandù (emu in Portuguese), an ostrich-like bird.
There are also two other city beaches, starting with Sobral: the name of this beach has also given its name to the neighbouring area. The surrounding area, made up of small farms and coconut palms, was owned by Sr. Manoel Sobral Pinto, the knight commander of Sobria, who gave his name to the resort. The second is called Pontal da Barra. A beach that, in the past, was adorned with moving dunes and palm trees that grew spontaneously. You can admire one of nature's most beautiful phenomena: the encounter of the Mundau Lagoon with the sea.
Praia da Barra de Camaragibe
Known for its crystal clear waters, fine sand and coral reefs, Barra de Camaragibe beach is the scene of the most beautiful natural pools in the region: here you can enjoy magical moments, along with fish in a variety of colours. The beach is very quiet, it has a charming coastline that gives you unforgettable views. The mild and sunny weather all year round makes it an even more attractive destination: and this is why the beach is frequented by both young people and large families. The wide, clear and soft strip of sand is perfect for long walks, the calm and bright sea is ideal for a nice swim, especially at low tide. The presence of sumptuous coconut trees gives a touch of sophistication and provides corners to rest in and have a moment of peace. The stretch of coastline that goes from Barra do Camaragibe to Porto de Pedras, along the so-called Rota Ecologica (Ecological Road), is a real paradise. From here you can also visit the Tatuamunha beach, where you can see the manatees circulating throughout the region. The beaches in the area are famous for dinghy trips to the natural pools: When the tide is low, the pools form 1 km from the coast.
Parti per Maceio con Costa Crociere
Visit Maceio beaches with Costa Cruises
Maceio is a modern city on a truly gorgeous stretch of coastline. In recent years it has been rediscovered by Brazilians as a holiday destination and has witnessed a genuine boom in domestic tourism. The city offers a small but varied panorama of bars, clubs and restaurants, has activated an efficient bike-sharing system and is covered by pleasant and quiet streets that on Sundays are closed to traffic to make way for street parties. It is the access point to stretches of coastline that extends to the south and north, a fresco of extraordinary beauty.
Equally lovely are the city's beaches, where waters with intense emerald reflections lap soft sandy sands fringed with palm trees and enlivened by jangadas, the traditional triangular sailboats with bright colours. Built from wood typical of the region, the boats don't have any metal parts or nails: the planks they are made from are held together by ropes and the slightly curved shaft supports a simple triangular sail. Although not entirely certain, according to most historians the origins of these boats should be sought in India and Mozambique. All that remains is to dive into so much splendour and choose a relaxing holiday, with slow rhythms and in contact with nature.