Aracaju is located in the state of Sergipe, in the Brazilian Northeastern region. It goes without saying that the beaches there reserve some peace and quiet, fun and joyful times in a beautiful scenario of dunes, coconut trees and lukewarm waters.
But Aracaju is not only about beaches. The city is one of the best capitals for quality of life in the country. Modern, young, tranquil, full of bicycle paths and very well planned, the destination has roads projected to end at the Sergipe River, which crosses the city and flows into the sea.
Aracaju has become an excellent tourist destination for the quality of its attractions and overall tranquility. The best part is that everything is accompanied by the intense local flavors of the Brazilian Northeast.
The Atalaia Coast, the city’s main post card, is 6 km long with a great complex of entertainment, hotels and restaurants. That is where the Oceanarium is located, with its 18 tanks displaying a number of species of the Brazilian marine fauna, administrated by the Projeto Tamar, a benchmark project of sea turtle preservation in Brazil.
Use the riverbank to take a stroll around the historical capital, starting at the Bridge of the Emperor, the place Emperor Don Pedro II used to enter the city when visiting the province. At the Historical Center you will find churches, monuments, museums, shopping centers, craftworks and regional foods.
To indulge in the local cuisine flavors and the cultural beauties of Sergipe, you must visit the Popular Market of Aracaju – actually composed of three markets – a space that combines everything in a single place. Try the tropical fruits and the dishes made of shellfish, such as crabs, a symbol of the local cuisine. There you will also get to know the cultural diversity of the place by craftwork, literature, utensils, clothing and embroidery displayed in each stand.
You do not want to miss the canranguejada, a broth-like dish made from crabs; juice made with mangaba, a local fruit; and a dish made with aratu, a small crab typical of the local mangroves, prepared on dried banana leaves.
Festa junina de Sergipe
In Brazil, June is marked by the festivities that celebrate some of the country’s main patron Saints of the month, such as Saint Anthony, Saint Peter, Saint John and Saint Paul. For those after a traditional Festa Junina, Portuguese for June Party, the Forro Caju is a good choice, and it takes place on the second fortnight of June in the square located in the center of the markets.
The event has a scenic setting, delicious typical foods, and lively quadrilhas, a group dance inspired by the European quadrilles that reenacts a mock wedding and which is very common in the Festas Juninas. You can also dance a lot to forro, the popular genre of the Northeastern region, and eat a variety of dishes made out of corn, like pamonha and canjica.
Another famous Festa Junina is the Arraia do Povo, in which many northeastern artists perform and there are even dancing classes for those who want to learn how to dance forro.
It is possible to extend the trip and visit other Northeastern cities close to Sergipe. In Bahia, you can visit Salvador (385 km) and Cairu (530 km), one of the most important villages from the Brazilian colonization period. To this day, it still offers a diversity of beautiful landscapes and a cuisine typical to the southern part of the state.
Aracaju’s Airport receives national direct flights from many Brazilian capitals and international connecting flights.
The international airport closest to Aracaju is located in Salvador, which receives flights from Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Madrid, Miami and Lisbon.
In Salvador you can catch a bus to Aracaju, circa 356 km away.
The city is completely covered by many bus lines. Check out which ones.
One of the best ways of moving around Aracaju is by bike. It is possible to rent bikes in many spots in the city using the app Caju Bike, available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.
The most comfortable way of moving around town is by taxi, Calculate the fare and check the companies that provide this service.
The area code for Aracaju is 79.
Standard Voltage: 110 V
Touristic information: +55 (79) 3179-1947
Tourism Service Center (Airport): +55 (79) 3243-7607
Tourism Service Center (Orla de Atalaia): +55 (79) 3243-6800
The weather is hot and humid, and the rainy season ranges from March to August.
Wear sunscreen to prevent from insolation and insect repellent to protect yourself against mosquitoes and gnats.