Fantasies of the sea
A LITTLE FROM THE BRAZILIAN NORTHEAST
With nearly 3 thousand kilometers, the Northeast coast is recognized worldwide for its diversity and beauty. The perfect combination of sun, high temperatures and beautiful beaches makes the region an appropriate destination at any time of the year.
In addition to its natural beauty, which is outstanding, the region has a light culinary, with many fresh fish and seafood. Also, it does not disappoint in the famous Brazilian drinks like the caipirinha - a mixture of cachaça (Brazilian distilled), fruits and sugar; a must have.
This destination is for those who want to relax on beaches and natural pools during the day and, if you wish, opt for parties at night of the most varied Brazilian rhythms such as forró and samba, in addition to the offer of incredible restaurants.
See below a little more about some of the most famous beaches of this wonderful region of Brazil:
The most photogenic shore of the Northeast is located in Maceió. Many of the visitors only see the urban beaches when leaving the hotel and returning at the end of the afternoon. However, to the north and to the south there are even more beautiful beaches, and more appealing to take a bath.
Three beautiful beaches - Pajuçara, Ponta Verde and Jatiúca - occupy 6 km of wooded shore, with cycle path, calzadão, barracas and colorful sea, protected by natural pools. In that region are located almost all the hotels of the city. Those looking for quieter beaches should continue to the north: Pratagi and Ipioca are extensive and little crowded. Paripueira and Costa Brava are famous for the natural pools and their boats.
The tide table is essential to program the main local attraction, the Jangada Tour to the natural pools of Pajuçara, whose schedule is defined by the height of the waters - it only comes out at low tide, which can occur in the first hours of the morning or at the end of the day. Sooner or later, take the opportunity to drive along the promenade and go to Ponta Verde. The rest of the day can be dedicated to an immersion through the filé rental shops, typical of Alagoas.
Maragogi is a city in the state of Alagoas with about 30 thousand inhabitants, located between Maceió and Recife. The place, whose name comes from a river in the region, is bathed by the Costa de los Corales, a Brazilian environmental protection area, and became the second most visited place in the state.
The success of Maragogi is mainly due to its waters. Although the thousands of coconut trees, the quietness and the cuisine with many fish and seafood are enough reasons to captivate people from different parts of the world, it is due to the crystalline waters that the place leaves to ecstatic tourists.
When the low tide and the Northeast Noon are present, prepare yourself: it is the best time to take advantage of the sea. It is in the period of low tide that the natural pools can be better observed and, with the strong sun, the waters are even more transparent. In the pools, also called galés, fish and corals give life to a colorful and charming underwater world. You only have to enter the sea to easily observe several small fish.
PORTO DE GALINHAS
Located in the municipality of Ipojuca, 70 kilometers from Recife, Porto de Galinhas is framed by natural pools with warm and transparent waters full of colorful fish and jangadas gliding from one side to another at low tide.
But it also has beaches with strong waves, perfect for surfing - Maracaípe beach is a main point. Water sports, moreover, have been gaining more and more followers in the region, transforming the beach of Muro Alto into a meeting point for lovers of water skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing.
Despite the narrow streets and the slow run of life in Porto de Galinhas, the village boils in the summer, when it receives tourists from all parts of Brazil, as well as foreigners from the four corners of the planet.
All come attracted by natural aquariums, however, are surprised with the wealth of attractions and leisure options in the region, such as bugue tours, jangada tours or horseback riding, almost always framed by coconut trees, white sands and a sea of green and blue nuances.
The friendly capital of Paraíba, presents a happy combination of beaches, historical attractions and shopping. During the night, the huge promenade between the beaches of Cabo Branco, Tambaú and Manaíra boils of people practicing sports, walking or drinking in one of the tents with live music. The most conserved points of the shore are far from the Center, to the north and to the south, it is worth taking the car or taking a walk to get to know them. Pearl of the Brazilian Baroque, the San Francisco Cultural Center enchants those who like sacred art. For less spiritual pleasures, the delicious local cuisine is highly represented in the diverse variety of restaurants on offer.
Finally, Natal, the beautiful capital of the State of Rio Grande do Norte. A good way to get to the city is by the Newton Navarro Bridge. From the top of the 55 m over the Potengi River appear some of the main attractions of the capital: the sea in different shades of blue, the golden dunes of the neighboring Genipabu and the Fortress of the Three Wise Men. Although the Coastal Route - bordered by the sand and vegetation of Parque das Dunas - concentrates the best hotels, it is for Ponta Negra that most tourists visit.
With the Morro do Careca as a postcard and better conditions for bathing, the beach gathers lodgings closer to bars and restaurants. Christmas still works as a starting point for walks along the Potiguar coastline, without which a visit to the city is not complete. Plan to see the coral reefs of Maracajaú, to the north, and the beaches of Pipa, to the south.
For those who have only one day in Natal, the bugue ride to Genipabu is the best program. Dunes, lagoons and fun ways to slide through the sand fill practically all day. Close the night in the hectic Ponta Negra, where bars and ballads play forró, rock or sertanejo, depending on the day of the week- just get there and decide which one makes more your style.