Alagoas is the second-smallest Brazilian state and one of the biggest sugar cane and coconut producers.

Its solid agricultural tradition dates back to the days of the Empire when it was still part of the Captaincy of Pernambuco. In the 17th century, it became a significant producer of mandioc flour, tobacco, cattle, and fish.

The famous São Francisco River, also known as the Velho Chico, plays an essential economic role in the state.

Most of the Alagoana population is made up of mixed-race descendants of native Indians, enslaved Black people, and Portuguese settlers. These days, many foreigners from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and England are moving to Alagoas to enjoy its coastal beauty.

Powerfully propelled by tourism, the state’s most popular destinations are its gorgeous beaches, warm, turquoise water, coconut trees and colourful rafts. Among the most well-known beaches are those of Maceió, Maragogi, Japaratinga, Barra de São Miguel and Piaçabuçu. Other popular destinations are the historical cities of Marechal Deodoro and Penedo.

Typical Alagoana cuisine is based on seafood, with one of its most famous delicacies, the sururu, a mollusc served with coconut milk.

Cultural highlights include the Bom Jesus dos Navegantes festival, from 8 to 15 January. During this festival, ferries set sail between Alagoas and neighbouring state Sergipe and return to Penedo. To celebrate their arrival, fireworks are set off, and traditional music groups perform for spectators.

Alagoas may be a small state, but its great beauty visits are more than worthwhile.


Frequently asked questions about Alagoas

Some of the most frequently asked questions about this wonderful destination

The capital of Alagoas is Maceió.
Alagoas has an area of 27,830.661 km².
Alagoas population is 3,127,683 inhabitants (2022).
A person born in Alagoas is called an "alagoano" (male) or "alagoana" (female).
The dialing code for Alagoas is 82.
Alagoas borders Sergipe, Pernambuco, and Bahia.

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