Three hundred days of guaranteed sunshine, natural wonders, beaches and lagoons dotted with dunes and coconut trees, mangroves, canals that cross the plain drawing gorgeous cutouts. Irineu, Almirante, Bora Bora, Fogo, Um Coqueiro Só, Santa Rita, Santa Marta, Cabras and Andorinhas: nine islands to house fishermen and lace makers in an archipelago of rare beauty. Rafts, filet lace, popular traditions, writers and poets. Maceió, plural and unique.
PROFILE OF THE CITY
It was on the wetlands and the strips of land into the sea formed by the deposits of the Mundaú and the Paraíba do Meio Rivers that Maceio grew.
Today, totally urbanized, with constant improvement in infrastructure and the most hospitable reception, Maceió is an active tourist location that attracts people from all over the world. In a Tropical Zone and bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the city has hot and humid climate, with temperatures averaging around 27 degrees Celsius. The hotel network offers many options, ranging from hostels to large hotels, whereas restaurants, bars and kiosks ensure good food for all. Its folklore, rich in festivals and amusements, as the Carvalhada, the Coco Alagoano, the Chegança, the Quilombo, the Festa de Reis, the Guerreiro, the Pastoril and the Zabumba, is another point of attraction, as well as its craft, where colored filet lace, ceramics, the braided ouricuri and woodwork allow the visitor to interact with the “nordestinidade” of the city people and soak in a unique and diverse world.
Going to the North after about 45 km on the road, you arrive in Barra de Santo Antônio. Founded in the seventeenth century, the city keeps the native environment relatively untouched, despite the numerous visitors who go there on weekends, vacations and on public holidays.
Its coast is lined with beaches, some practically deserted and difficult to access, such as Praia do Morro, where you only arrive by boat or by a narrow dirt road without any signals. But cliffs – high walls of rocks formed by sea erosion – blue sea, natural pools at low tide and tranquility are the rewards for the trip.
The most frequented points of Barra de Santo Antônio, however, are Carro Quebrado and Croa.
The beach Praia de Carro Quebrado, located in an area of environmental protection, has an extensive coconut plantation and multicolored cliffs as its background. The sand is white and the sea is clear and blue. Under rainy weather, access may be difficult, because the road is unpaved.
At Ilha de Croa, again cliffs and the blue sea, as well as at Praia da Cebola and Ponta da Gamela.
Closer to the center of Barra de Santo Antônio, Tabuba beach varies the scenery between barrier reefs and green and calm sea.