Alagoas has beaches, natural pools and tourist attractions

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Maceió em Alagoas
Maceió in Alagoas

Alagoas has a territory of 27,700 square kilometres, roughly the size of Haiti.

The Alagoas coastline is only 230 kilometres long, and yet the state’s strong point in terms of tourism are the beach towns.

Also, with crystal clear blue beaches, white sand, coconut palms, natural pools, the beaches had to attract attention.

A curiosity about Alagoas is that the state’s lands once belonged to its neighbour, Pernambuco.

The separation took place in 1817 as a punishment imposed by Dom João VI on the Pernambucans, who had carried out the Pernambucan Revolution, which was a separatist movement. With the punishment, the state of Alagoas was “born”.

The Alagoas beaches are always on the list of Brazilian places most sought after by travellers, according to travel organisation websites and reviews.

Alagoas looks like an inverted triangle, whose sides are bathed by fresh waters (those of the São Francisco river) and salty waters (those of the Atlantic).

It is not surprising, therefore, that some of the most popular destinations in the Northeast are located in this state that already carries in its name its nature, so to speak, aquatic.

In Maceió, the tourist’s eyes are enchanted by the sea that seems to be painted in watercolour shades of green.

Beaches such as Pajuçara – with pleasantly warm waters and boat trips to natural pools – are already worth a visit to the city.

In Ponta Verde, the clear sea, the clean sands and the majestic coconut trees are not enough, the visitor has at his disposal a large number of hotels, restaurants and stalls with live music, which makes this beach the centre of the capital’s waterfront.

See the tourist map of Alagoas.

tourist map of Alagoas
tourist map of Alagoas

Outside Maceió, other surprises await the traveller.

In today’s municipality of Marechal Deodoro, capital of the province until 1839, the Praia do Frances has stretches of calm waters, which invite the practice of sailing and jet-skiing, and others of strong waves, much sought after by surfers.

Far to the north, in Maragogi, the programme is a walk to the galés, large natural pools.

In the opposite direction, in Piaҫabuҫu, you can witness a real spectacle: it is there that the two waters that embrace Alagoas mix.

The State of Alagoas is divided into seven tourist regions – Grande Maceió, Cânions do São Francisco, Costa dos Corais, Região dos Quilombos, Caatinga, Agreste and Lagoas, Mares and Rios do Sul, bringing together a diversity of products and tourist routes, both on its 250 km of coastline and inland, with paradisiacal beaches, extensive coconut groves, corals, cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, trails and historical monuments – providing visitors with a complete experience in leisure, adventure, cultural and gastronomic tourism.



1. Natural pools of Pajuҫara

Raft trips to the natural pools of Pajuҫara and schooner trips to the islands of the lagoons of Mundaú and Manguaba.

2. Marechal Deodoro and Barra de São Miguel

The Praia do Frances in Marechal Deodoro and the Gunga in Barra de São Miguel.

3. Barra do Camaragibe

The Ecological Route, formed by fourteen beaches located between Barra do Camaragibe and Japaritinga.

4. Pontal da Barra

The works produced by the women lace makers of Pontal da Barra.

5. Penedo

The architectural ensemble of Penedo, with churches from the 18th century.

6. Maceió

Maceió, the capital of Alagoasa, reserves great urban beaches with clear and warm waters. Its waterfront is considered one of the most beautiful in Brazil, with a huge cycle path that runs along much of the 40 kilometres of coastline that border the city.

Maceió has the most beautiful waterfront and as an attraction take a raft ride to the natural pools of Pajuçara and enjoy the view of Ponta Verde.

7. Region of Lagoons and South Coast of Alagoas

Região das Lagoas e Litoral Sul de Alagoas has paradisiacal beaches, lagoons and rivers that meet the sea.

8. Maragogi

Between Maceió and Recife is Maragogi which is in the heart of the Costa dos Corais, the village draws attention for the beautiful set that brings together crystal clear sea, fine sands, coconut trees and reefs, not to mention the excellent accommodation infrastructure.

In addition to the paradisiacal elements, the landscape is also enhanced by the Galés, the huge natural pools six kilometres from the coast, full of fish and accessible by catamarans and speedboats that depart from the central beach;

9. Gunga Beach

Considered by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, the Praia do Gunga, on the south coast of Alagoas, in the municipality of Barra de São Miguel, enchants both for its undeniable beauty and for the attractions it offers to tourists.

Highlights include the incredible colourful cliffs of the region and the meeting of the waters of the sea and the Lagoa do Roteiro at low tide.

10. Dunas de Marapé and Jequiá da Praia

Dunas de Marapé is actually a tourist complex consisting of bar, restaurant and support structure for tourists in Jequiá da Praia, on the south coast of the state.

Raised between the river and the sea, the place is ideal for resting, relaxing, having fun and enjoying the beach and local delicacies sitting in the delicious and cosy straw gazebos;

Also among the attractions offered by the complex are boat trips and open truck to contemplate the local cliffs.

Foz do Rio São Francisco is located in Alagoas, in the extreme south of the state, in the municipality of Piaçabuçu, almost on the border with Sergipe and it is possible to navigate the waters of this legendary water corridor.

The tour is very interesting and the landscape is stunning. During the journey, it is possible to observe the day-to-day life of the riverside communities, the vegetation that stretches as far as the eye can see and visit the local dunes and beaches.

It is also possible to bathe in the calm waters of the São Francisco.

11. Canyon of the São Francisco River and Piranhas

São Francisco River Canyon, 65 kilometres long and 150 metres deep in some stretches, the São Francisco River canyons are in fifth place in the ranking of the largest navigable canyons in the world and impress by the perfection of the sandstone rocks, which seem to have been carved by hand.

Some formations have even earned names, such as Ponta do Papagaio, Pedra do Japonês and Morro dos Macacos;

The tour to the region usually includes a visit to the historic centre of the city of Piranhas, located on the banks of the São Francisco River in Alagoas.

The city is the only one in the northeastern semi-arid region listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).


– In the summer (December to February), if the idea is to catch the sun – generous all year round – at its peak and explore by car the Rota Ecológica, to the north of the capital.

– In January (the second weekend), to take part in the Bom Jesus dos Navegantes festival in Penedo.

– In April, to attend the Festival of Popular Traditions of Penedo.

– In June, to play the lively São João de Maceió.

Alagoas Tourism and Travel Guide

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