Top 10 Things To Do In Maceio, Brazil

Things to do in Maceio
Mia (Margarita)
Mia (Margarita) 

Located on the east coast of Brazil is Maceió, the capital of Alagoas. Maceió is a term that refers to springs and the place was called as such due to its widespread presence in the city. Its tropical climate makes it very attractive to tourists who want to experience the Brazilian coastal lifestyle.

1. Museu Theo Brandao de Antropologia e Folclore

Posted by Museu Théo Brandão on Monday, 23 May 2016

Established on August 20, 1975, the Théo Brandão Museum was in one of the houses in the Tamandaré Campus in Pontal de Barra. It was named after folklorist Théo Brandão who donated his art collection to the Federal University of Alagoas. It was later on moved to its current location in the Palacete dos Machados along the Avenida da Paz. Aside from the installations, they have an auditorium, a craft shop and a cafe.

Museu Theo Brandao de Antropologia e Folclore

Address: Av. Da Paz, 1490, Centro, Maceió - Alagoas

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: Museu Theo Brandao de Antropologia e Folclore (in Portugese)

2. Palacio Floriano Peixoto Museum

Missão Palmares - Alagoas - 20/02/2013
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Another museum in Maceió center is the Palacio Floriano Peixoto Museum, which used to serve as the old Government Palace. Its elegant furniture, silverware, and overall design go as far back as the 19th century.

Palacio Floriano Peixoto Museum

Address: 57020-050 Centro, Maceió - State of Alagoas, Brazil

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. Museu da Imagem e do Som de Alagoas (Museum of Image and Sound of Alagoas)

Praca Dois Leoes
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The Museum of Image and Sound of Alagoas was designed by Bráulio Leite Júnior, a theater artist back in September 3, 1981. Its collection is composed of photographs, vinyl discs, VHS tapes, K7 tapes, Super 8 movies, video cassettes, negatives and slides and much more.

Museu da Imagem e do Som de Alagoas

Address: R. Sá e Albuquerque, 275 - Jaraguá, 57022-180 Maceió - AL, Brazil

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4. Catedral Metropolitana de Maceio (Metropolitan Cathedral of Maceió)

Altar da Catedral Metropolitana de Maceió totalmente restaurado
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Being one of the biggest structures in the city, the Maceió Metropolitan Cathedral is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Its grand spiral staircase and its twin bell towers add to the splendor of its pristine white façade. On the other hand, its interior is decorated with stained-glass windows and frescoes of various saints. The cathedral also overlooks the Dom Pedro II Plaza, where you can take a stroll in the garden and buy a few snacks during your visit.

Catedral Metropolitana de Maceio

Address: Praça Dom Pedro II, s / n - Centro, 57020-670 Maceió - AL, Brazil

5. Lagoa Do Roteiro (Roteiro Lake)

Uma vista dessas é pra deixar a gente mais apaixonado pela Lagoa do Roteiro 💘

Posted by Maceió Alagoas on Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Lake of Roteiro, compared to the nearby Gunga Beach provides a more serene and unspoiled paradise for guests. It could be accessible by land through a dirt road from Vila da Palatéia and by water by taking a boat at Gunga Beach. Make sure to drop by the sandbar while you’re at it.

6. Praia de Ponta Verde (Ponta Verde Beach)

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But of course, your trip to Brazil wouldn’t be complete without visiting its amazing beaches. Ponta Verde, which literally translates to “green tip,” is one of the premier beaches in Maceió. During low tide, the reefs in the sea form natural pools which tourists bathe in. There are several hotels, bars, and restaurants to choose from along the coast, making your stay even more comfortable and exciting.

Ponta Verde Beach

Website: Ponta Verde Beach (in Portugese)

7. Praia do Gunga (Gunga Beach)

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Gunga Beach is filled with thousands of coconut trees and is positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and Roteiro Lake, creating its very unique combination of green and turquoise waters. To get to the beach, guests may drive through a private land or take a boat from Barra de São Miguel. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, locals also offer boats and kayak rentals.

Gunga Beach

Address: Al-101, 62819-000 Maceio, State of Alagoas, Brazil

Website: Gunga Beach (in Portugese)

8. Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres (Beach of São Miguel dos Milagres)

Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres
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In an untouched area north of Maceió lies the São Miguel dos Milagres beach. The warm waters are shallow, which allows for an easy view of the reefs and cool, ankle-deep walks by the shore. You could also opt to explore the villages by bike, get to know its people and the crafts they come up with.

Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres

Address: Litoral Norte, 57940-000 Maceio, State of Alagoas, Brazil

Website: Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres (in Portugese)

9. Praia do Carro Quebrado (Beach of Carro Quebrado)

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From São Miguel dos Milagres, go south to Praia do Carro Quebrado for the ultimate city escape. Having no establishments along the shore, it is very quiet and private, especially on weekdays. It is quite difficult to get to, as its English translation “Broken Car” suggests because people would have to drive on buggies through sand. Its emerald waters will definitely be worth it though.

Praia do Carro Quebrado

Address: Barra de Santo Antonio, Maceio, State of Alagoas, Brazil

10. The Craft Fair of Pajucara

After seeing all the sites, surely you’d miss Maceió and would want to remember something it by (apart from the breathtaking pictures you’ll be taking). Head on to The Craft Fair of Pajucara where you can choose from a wide range of ornaments, tools and other handicrafts made by the locals. Learn more about the culture and traditions of Maceió through these wonderful artworks and even share them with friends or family back home.

The Craft Fair of Pajucara

Address: Av. Doutor Antonio Gouveia, 1447, Maceio, State of Alagoas, Brazil

Website: The Craft Fair of Pajucara (in Portugese)

Maceió, the paradise of waters

Indeed it is, and much more. Visit the other sites Maceió has to offer for a totally unique Brazilian holiday.

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