Few countries in the world display as much variety of natural beauty as Brazil. From the Amazon to the Pantanal and the country's expansive coastline, Brazil has it all. One of these magical places is Maragogi, a city on the northeastern coast of the country.
Located 130 kilometers away from two state capitals - Maceio (Alagoas) and Recife (Pernambuco) - it's perfectly accessible for tourists flying to the region. Its clear waters filled with marine life and coconut trees along the coast form a natural treasure to be preserved.
Some six kilometers away from the coast, coral reefs create natural pools called "Gales" where you can swim, snorkel, or even try a bit of diving. Even though you're in the middle of the ocean, your feet will touch the ground and you can even feed the fish straight from your hand. Try going there during the full moon, when tides are lower and the experience is so much better.
The local gastronomy is an attraction of its own. Built in the 15th century as a fishing village, Maragogi remains very much connected to the ocean - meaning seafood is a local institution. Don't miss the local flavors, a result of centuries of exchanges between native populations, Europeans, and people of African descent.
The Alagoas soul
Maragogi is also a place filled with history. The ruins of Saint Anthony's Church date back to the 18th century and are not to be missed. They help tell the story of a people that is known for its resilience and pride in their history. The city was the setting for some great battles against the Dutch invasions of the 17th century. Such history helped shape a people that, albeit friendly, are also extremely savvy. That's why, despite being one of the country's tiniest states, Alagoas has given Brazil some of its greatest authors and three presidents.
Another place filled with history is Sao Bento de Maragogi, a village just outside the city center. There you'll find ruins of old religious temples, which form a jaw-dropping landscape when set against the ocean.
If you want to take a souvenir back home, don't miss the street markets, where craftsmen sell their art.
Contact with nature
In the nearby village of Porto das Pedras, you'll be able to see the beloved manatees, as this area is a sanctuary for these river mammals. Do you want some adventure? Try riding the dune buggy tours that take you around this beautiful area and give you an extra thrill.
Maragogi is one of the most striking destinations in Brazil. Mixing clear waters, rich marine life, gorgeous flora and peaceful beaches, this former fishing village has variety that will please all comers.