São Miguel dos Milagres has the most unspoilt coastline in the region

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São Miguel dos Milagres
São Miguel dos Milagres

With just over 20 km, the stretch of the Alagoas coast formed by Barra do Camaragibe, São Miguel dos Milagres and Porto de Pedras is the perfect destination to escape mass tourism.

Most of the inns are close to the sand – with their stylish decor and cosy service, they are ideal for couples. As there are few eating options, many inns have their own restaurants.

The long beaches, shaded by coconut palms, are protected by reefs that form natural pools. Leaving from Maceió, you can make a route passing by some beautiful beaches before arriving in São Miguel dos Milagres.

A legend surrounds the name of the small town of São Miguel dos Milagres, 108 kilometres from the capital Maceió: they say that a fisherman found an image of Saint Michael the Archangel in the sea, which cured him of a serious illness.

Whether true or not, the fact is that the old parish of Nossa Senhora, which originated as a centre of resistance to the Dutch invasions, was elevated to a town in the early 19th century with the name of the patron saint.

Today, São Miguel dos Milagres balances its quiet pace with the presence of tourists in search of its beaches of crystal clear and calm waters, where rafts glide – a picture of unshakable tranquillity.

15 kilometres from the centre of São Miguel dos Milagres is the beach of Porto de Pedras, near which there are others worth visiting, such as Tatuamunha, Patacho and Lages.

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Because it does not receive excursions from Maceió (despite its proximity to the capital), São Miguel dos Milagres has the most preserved coastline in the region.

Rota Turística do litoral norte de Alagoas ou Costa dos Corais
Tourist Route of the North Coast of Alagoas or Coral Coast

It is a fishing village with only one main street and surrounded by villages. In each one you can discover a different beach of special beauty.

The sea is light green, warm and without waves, with the characteristic reefs of the Coral Coast. When the tide is low, you can walk for kilometres into the sea and dive into the natural pools.

The lack of more developed urban centres has encouraged the formation of a gastronomic circuit within the inns themselves, which are well structured and charming.

São Miguel dos Milagres has one of the five-star attractions of GUIA FOUR RODAS BRAZIL 2013, the stunning Patacho Beach, which has hundreds of coconut trees framing an extensive strip of sand next to the sea of greenish tones.

In addition to a series of very nice beaches in the surroundings, it is possible to take a raft ride to the natural pools and snorkel in the crystal clear waters next to the reefs of the Toque and São Miguel beaches.

Another interesting attraction is to visit the Marine Manatee Sanctuary, next to the Tatuamunha River, and meet one of the most endangered Brazilian mammals, docile as dolphins.

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Also about praia do Toque, praia do Patacho, Associação do Peixe-Boi, praia da Lage, praia do Morro, praia do Carro Quebrado, e Praia de São Miguel dos Milagres.

Beaches of São Miguel dos Milagres

The beaches found in São Miguel are true miracles of nature.

The reefs that serve as shelter for colourful fish, coconut trees that bring good shadows, clear sandy strips and good for walking, warm natural pools for relaxing baths, and a clear green sea are the main attractions of the beaches of the village that is part of the Ecological Route.

1. Porto da Rua Beach

This is also one of the most popular beaches in São Miguel dos Milagres and its surroundings among tourists. It is quite close to the city centre and therefore receives a larger flow of visitors throughout the year.

The structure here is the most complete of all, offering restaurants, tents, hotels and inns for all styles and pockets.

Despite all the movement, Porto da Rua Beach still has crystal clear waters and a strip of sand that is always white and clean.

Here you will find many agencies offering tours throughout the region. It is where you will probably find the best tour options. It is worth searching this part of the beach first.

2. Praia do Toque

The waters here are also crystal clear and always calm. There are natural pools in Praia do Toque and you can calmly observe the species of small fish that swim along this side of the coast.

Praia do Toque is one of the most popular for those travelling with family, precisely because of the number of natural pools in the area.

3. Morro Beach

Praia do Morro is the beach most frequented by surfers. The seas here are rougher, a little different from all the beaches of São Miguel dos Milagres and surroundings.

The incidence of rocks here is also high. For bathers, especially those accompanied by children, care must be taken against accidents, as the stones are only visible at low tide.

The highlight of Praia do Morro is also the cliffs that surround the region. The scenery becomes even more attractive, especially for lovers of adventure tourism, who can explore more.

4. Praia do Patacho and Praia da Laje

The beaches of Patacho and Laje are practically a single coast. They are perhaps the most deserted in the surroundings of São Miguel dos Milagres.

The scenery has beautiful coconut trees, a wider strip of clean and always white sand. The waters of both beaches are calm, warm and shallow.

At low tide it is possible to see the natural pools that form between the reefs, allowing the observation of the little fish.

There is also no complete structure for tourists here. The beaches of Patacho and Laje are more suitable for those who like deserted and completely rustic places.

5. Barra do Camaragibe

Here the green sea meets the Camaragibe River, the warm waters make bathing favourable. Near the mouth, a vast area of mangroves can be contemplated. It is located at the southern end of São Miguel dos Milagres next to the village of Barra de Camaragibe.

6. Marceneiro Beach

Beach with long sandy strips that allow good walks with your feet in the sand. It also has sumptuous coconut trees and colourful coral reefs. Unlike the others, access is via a tarmac road. It is located in the village Barra de Camaragibe.

7. Riacho Beach

Praia do Riacho em São Miguel dos Milagres
Praia do Riacho em São Miguel dos Milagres

Riacho beach stands out for its refreshing natural pools. Surrounded by coconut trees, the beach is located in the village of Riacho.

8. São Miguel dos Milagres Beach

Praia de São Miguel dos Milagres
Praia de São Miguel dos Milagres

One of the busiest, it is home to coconut trees, a wide strip of sand, warm waters and reefs that are permeated by fish. The natural pool formed at low tide is one of the most pleasant in the region.

History of São Miguel dos Milagres

History, Place Names and Administrative Formation of São Miguel dos Milagres/AL

São Miguel dos Milagres is one of the oldest settlements in Alagoas.

Colonisation began during the Dutch invasion, when residents of Porto Calvo fled in search of a shelter where they could also observe the movement of the invaders who used the Manguaba River to reach the interior.

They found a hill in the region from where they could see an extensive area of land all the way to the sea. The Mata Redonda plantation was formed there, where there was a great battle, which resulted in the expulsion of the Dutch.

The settlement became known as Freguesia Nossa Senhora Mãe do Povo, the patron saint.

Some time later, a fisherman found on the beach a piece of wood covered with moss and algae and began to use it for household chores.

On cleaning the piece, the fisherman discovered that it was the statue of St Michael the Archangel, and was cured of a major health problem. The news spread and the place became known as São Miguel dos Milagres.

For some time, the village led the sugar trade and became the largest coconut producer, when it still belonged to Porto de Pedras. In 1864, it was elevated to a village. In 1914, Augusto de Barros Falcão, José Braga, Aderbal da Costa Raposo and João Moraes sought emancipation, which was only obtained in 1960, through Law 2,239.

Known for its beaches with calm and crystalline waters, the city of São Miguel dos Milagres has, on the beach of Porto da Rua – nearby village – its greatest attraction.

Among the events are: the Seafood Festival (abundant in the municipality), and the patron saint festivities (21 January) and Emancipation (7 June).

How to get there and when to go to São Miguel dos Milagres

Leaving Maceió on the AL-101, the first 50 km to Barra de Santo Antônio is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country, often running parallel to the beach and the coconut grove.

After crossing São Luís do Quitunde, leave the main road and turn right towards Passo de Camaragibe and Barra de Camaragibe, where the road meets the blue-green sea again.São Miguel dos Milagres is just 11 km away.

If you’re not motorised, you can ask your pousada to arrange a transfer, as several establishments offer the service for a fee.

The high season in São Miguel dos Milagres is in summer, when it rains less and the heat reaches peaks of 30 degrees or more. During this period, hotel and restaurant rates are higher and it is necessary to make a reservation in advance.

From May to July the temperature remains high, but it rains a lot. September and October are months that can offer some good deals and the weather can be firmer.

Tourism and Travel Guide to São Miguel dos Milagres in Alagoas

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