Things to do
From canoeing and kayaking to diving and snorkelling, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the invitingly warm waters of Alagoas. For a more land-based adventure, head south to Praia do Gunga and you can take off across the sand on a beach buggy or quad bike into the canyon-like landscape of ochre coloured cliffs. Or join a trail that will take you across the boardwalks, deep into the wild jungle.
The Alagoas coastline is where the rough literally meets the smooth. The beautiful expanse of beach along Barra de São Miguel owes its calm, blue waters to the surrounding two kilometres of coral reef. Families will love snorkelling and paddling in the natural pools that form at low tide. These are so shallow, it’s simply a matter of gazing down at the tropical fish swimming over rippled sand. While five minutes away in Barramar, surfers can’t get enough of the strong waves crashing onto almost deserted white sands.
Seafood in all its forms is always the dish of the day in Alagoas. Tuck into the sumptuous stew, sururu, traditionally made from locally caught mussels cooked in coconut milk. And if you’re not feasting on just-caught lobsters, shrimps, crabs and grilled swordfish, beachside restaurants will tempt you in with the irresistible aroma of Churrascarias – grilled meat skewers, slow-roasted over barbecue coals.