Alagoas with its beautiful beaches and natural pools is one of the most popular destinations in the Northeast such as Maceió, Marechal Deodoro, Barra de São Miguel, Barra de Santo Antonio, Maragogi, Penedo, Piranhas and Piaçabuçu.

On one side of the fan, sea and spectacular beaches.

On the other, the São Francisco River.

Cutting through the territory, rivers such as São Miguel, Tatuamunha, Coruripe.

Tourism in Alagoas

Alagoas discovered in the late 1970s that its natural charms could bring wealth. Based in the capital, Maceió, Brazilian and foreign tourists flock to the seafront at Pajuçara, Ponta Verde and Jatiúca and, taking advantage of the short distances, head out for daily day trips. To the north, Paripuera marks the beginning of the Coral Coast, with its reefs and natural pools.

From there on, it’s a thrilling sequence of postcard images: Barra de Santo Antônio, the wild Carro Quebrado, Barra do Camaragibe, the manatees that live among the waters of the Tatuamunha River and the natural pools of São Miguel dos Milagres, the beach of the moment.

To the south, Marechal Deodoro, the former capital of the state, on the banks of the Manguaba Lagoon, shows its 18th-century architecture.

Nearby are the famous Praia do Francês, Barra de São Miguel and Gunga, always crowded at weekends and in high season, as well as Coruripe, whose fine sandy beaches were home to the feared Caetés Indians at the beginning of colonisation.

When travelling inland, in territory that once belonged to the Captaincy of Pernambuco, commanded by Duarte Coelho in the 16th century, tourists will find cities like Penedo, the oldest, on the banks of the São Francisco. With a history marked by centuries of land disputes and sugar cane plantations, Alagoas saw the rise of powerful mill owners, who still control political and economic sectors in the region.

The black Africans enslaved to work in the sugar mills of Alagoas left behind the quilombola community at the top of Serra da Barriga, in the municipality of União dos Palmares.

The Quilombo dos Palmares Memorial Park in Alagoas, which houses reconstructed buildings from the time, is now located in the refuge where they resisted for almost 100 years.

In Piranhas, in the high sertão, there are traces of another important historical moment, in the 1920s and 1930s, when the people of Alagoas were terrorised by the cangaço led by Lampião.

A stroll along the São Francisco River, a visit to the Sertão Museum and a trip to the village of Entremontes, listed by the Historical Heritage and with a community of embroiderers who sustain the economy of the place with their delicate manual labour, will yield good stories.

Tourism and Travel Guide

Tourism and Travel Guide of Alagoas and Maceió

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