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April 15, 2024

Maceió, November 2023: Francês, Gunga & Pajuçara

I visited Maceió the last time in 1994. I was curious to see how it changed since then. The flight, operated by the A321LR, has one stop in Natal both ways.

The night we arrived we went to a bar in Pajuçara called "Coconut" for some food and beer.

Praia do Francês

The following day we would be doing a tour to explore Praia do Francês and Praia do Gunga, none of which was a new place for me. I remember visiting them in the early 90s.

Because it was a holiday in the state of Alagoas, the beach was somehow overcrowded... we didn't spend much time in Praia do Francês.

Praia do Gunga

To have access to Praia do Gunga everyone must pay a fee. And I believe because of that, the scenario was totally the opposite to that one we found in Francês. We chose to stay here to sunbathe a little. Praia do Gunga has a much more isolated and wild vibe.

Budega do Zito

The venue for our dinner was "Budega do Zito", close to the Maceió city center. The place has a cool vibe but the food and service was nothing special and it was somewhat overpriced.


In the last day of my layover I decided to stay at Praia de Pajuçara where our hotel is located and from where I have my most vivid memories from my childhood days.

The iconic Enseada Hotel

I was shocked to learn that the hotel (Verde Mar) where I stayed so many times with my parents was demolished and a whole new massive project was being built in its place.

Jangadas (rafts) are still a strong business in here. They take tourists to the "Piscinas Naturais": natural pools of coral reefs, very close to the beach. You can even have lunch in them and enjoy wonderful seafood.

Ponta Verde

Ponta Verde is another beach contiguous with Pajuçara. Christmas decorations were already in place as this was the month of November. I find it so strange to see Christmas trees in regions where temperatures are always hot or where it is summer season.

And one final view over Pajuçara...

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