MIL OSI Translation. Region: Portuguese / Latin America –
Source: Republic of Brazil 2
CONGRATULATIONS, MACEIÓ One of the main tourist destinations in the country combines culture and history with exuberant natural beauty
By Vanessa Castro
The capital of Alagoas turns 205 this Saturday (05.12). More than two centuries have enchanted residents and tourists for the vast natural beauty and cultural attractions present in the region. The 40 km of coast of Maceio are decorated with coconut trees and bathed in a turquoise blue sea, responsible for giving the city the nickname “Brazilian Caribbean”. But Maceió is very different from the Central American region, mainly due to the rich regional cuisine, culture and the respective Brazilian people. It is from Pajuçara beach that tours leave for the most famous and photogenic place in Maceió: the famous swimming pools natural, which are two kilometers from the coast. With the translucent water, it is possible to do dives among the corals and experience the marine life up close. Pajuçara is one of the most popular beaches on the city’s urban fringe as well as Ponta Verde, Jatiúca and Cruz das Almas. To the north of the capital, tourists can enjoy the most remote beaches like Ipioca, Pratagy, Sereia, Riacho Doce, Guaxuma and Jacarecica. In the south, the most frequented beaches are Gunga and Frances. Options abound!
The turquoise blue sea and mild temperature attracts thousands of tourists to Maceió. Credit: Phillipe MedeirosIn addition to the wide supply of coastline, Maceió is also known as “Paraíso das Águas” because it contains in its territory 17 of the countless lagoons scattered throughout Alagoas, hence the name of the state. The most famous of these, Lagoa Mundaú is considered one of the largest ecosystems in Alagoas and is 23 km long, housing species of marine life, such as mollusks, fish and crustaceans. There are tours to discover the vegetation, isolated beaches and islands where fishermen and lacemakers live. It was in this native Alagoas scenario that the writer Clarice Lispector lived for a period of her childhood and found inspiration to set the beginning of the life of one of her characters in the work “A Hora da Estrela”. The city is also famous for being the birthplace of important names in national history such as Deodoro da Fonseca, first president of Brazil, and Floriano Peixoto, first vice president and second president of the country. The two leaders had their names immortalized in two important monuments in the city: the Marechal Floreano Peixoto Palace and the Deodoro Theater.
The Teatro Deodoro, Alagoas cultural heritage, turned 110 in November. Credit: Marco Ankosqui / MTur In the historical and cultural itinerary, it is also possible to visit the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres; the Graciliano Ramos Public Library; the viewpoint of the Church of São Gonçalo; the Theo Brandão Museum; the Pierre Chalita Foundation, a renowned artist from Alagoas; Praça dos Martírios, which houses several cultural attractions; and several handicraft fairs, an important local economic asset that generates jobs and income for thousands of workers. IMATERIAL HERITAGE – Despite being one of the smallest states in Brazil, Alagoas has a rich intangible heritage derived from its ethnic strands. According to the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), the folklore of the region brings together more than 30 events such as Pastoral, Guerreiro, Taieira, Baianas, Reisados, Marujada, Nativity scene, Cavalhada, Carnival bands, Cambindas, Negras da Costa, Samba do Matuto, Caboclinhos, Torés de Índio and Xangô, Danças de São Gonçalo, Coco Alagoano and Rodas for Adult.
The Warrior is a revelry from Alagoas, multicolored and marked by songs danced by various characters. This is a great opportunity to join our team.
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