The capital of Northern Brazil’s Alagoas state, Maceio is known for its beautiful coastal ambiance. Its name, which has its origin from the Indians, is referring to the city’s spontaneous watercourse that is flowing out of the soil.
Maceio lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Mundaú Lake. Its city proper is inhabited by more than 900,000 people and its metropolitan region by over 1 million individuals, who are all enjoying the city’s tropical climate.
The city came to be in an old sugar mill around the 19th century. Development started though when ships which are taking woods from the bay of Jaraguá arrived.
The City and its Beaches
As part of the state of Alagoas, Maceio boasts of its wonderful beaches. Its seas go from emerald green to blue; its water always clear. Maceio’s white sandy beaches are surrounded with coconut plantation and palm trees as well. The city’s natural beauty is perfectly complemented with its urban coast, which has a number of hotels, bars, and restaurants. This scenery is one of the reasons why many tourists from all over the world are attracted to pay a visit to the city.
Aside from its cool and clear waters, the sea in Maceio also stands out for its natural pools and reefs. Mundaú Lake, for instance, offers a good option to sail and bathe in transparent water. At night, the beaches of Pajuçara and Jaraguá serve as great venues to enjoy the city and mingle with many locals.
Also among the city’s top beaches are Sete Coqueiros, Pajuçara, Jatiúca, and Ponta Verde, all of which provide beach tents and some good hotels and restaurants.
Having a number of beaches, tourists can enjoy a wide range of water activities in Maceio. A number of its beaches feature good waves for a great surfing experience; some are perfect to do sailing, rafting, and even fishing.
Other than the beautiful beaches, Maceio also showcases buildings that date centuries back. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Pleasures, in particular, dates back to 1840. The Municipal Market, Deodoro Theatre, Floriano Peixoto Palace, and the Historical Institute Museum are also among the city’s notable structures which have historical importance as well.
Because it is surrounded by water, expect Maceio to specialize in seafood, such as shrimps, fish, crabs, and lobsters. For the same reason, you can also be assured that the seafood served in the city are always fresh.
Maceio may be a small city, but tourists with a little know-how will learn that there’s more to it than being the capital of Alagoas.