Aracaju is a small paradise set on the Atlantic Ocean, enticing all of its visiting tourists with beautiful natural attractions and the best nighttime entertainment in the entire state of Sergipe. The Rio Sergipe (Sergipe River) borders the city, providing for the growth of the beautiful mangrove forests that sustain the region's ecosystem. The area also has miles of warm beaches filled with activities and entertainment. Come and see one of northeastern Brazil's most famous beaches, Praia de Atalaia!
In Aracaju, there's always something to do. Get to know the delicious regional food in one of the many local restaurants, attend a nighttime show featuring live bands in one of the local bars, or take an ecological tour of the rivers and natural reserves in the areas surrounding the city. You can also discover Aracaju's past, beginning with its fascinating historic downtown district.
Aracaju is situated on the eastern coast of the Brazilian state of Sergipe. Its name is derived from the indigenous words "ara" (macaw) and "acaju" (cashew), since this bird and tree both abound in the region the city was built on. Aracaju has a population of more than 500,000 inhabitants, making up nearly a third of the state's entire population. The city is famous throughout Brazil for its amazing beaches and hotel infrastructure. The rainy season takes place from March through August, and the climate is warm and stable, usually shifting between a comfortable 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit: perfect for an incredible vacation.
On the northern side of the city flows the Rio Sergipe, a river whose current originates in the center of the state. Aracaju extends south along the coast and west along the river. It offers a complete infrastructure, and you'll find something for every personality, from parks, squares and markets, to football stadiums, volleyball and basketball courts, nightlife, specialty restaurants, banks and a vast number of hotels. You won't be missing anything during your vacation!
During the sixteenth century, there were serious troubles among the newly established Portuguese colonies in Brazil. The rebellions of the indigenous people and the slaves left the colonists with little strength to confront the pirates from other European empires that spied on the coasts of the new continent. An urgent campaign began in order to maintain the presence of the Portuguese crown in these new lands.
After numerous bloody battles, Cristobal de Barros was able to establish the city of San Cristobal in 1590, next to the mouth of the Rio Sergipe. San Cristobal then became the capital of the state for more than 200 years. However, in the middle of the nineteenth century, it became clear that the city could no longer fulfill the state's needs. So, the construction of a new capital called Aracaju was planned in 1855.
The city was finally completed after ten long years of heavy work and unfavorable natural conditions. From that time, Aracaju began to grow slowly, taking advantage of its coasts as an exporter of valuable sugar cane. By 1886, Aracaju had a population of 1,484 inhabitants and an editorial press. It wasn't long before paved roads and sewer systems were put into place at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The planned cities of Brazil are famous worldwide, and Aracaju was one of the first to be completed. Its construction was difficult due to the fact that the area was covered in dense mangrove forests and marshes. Raising buildings was a gigantic feat of engineering, especially considering the technological capacity available at the time. All of the streets were aligned geographically, simulating the lines of a chess board.
The Beginning of Tourism
Aracaju had maintained a steady development since the beginning of the twentieth century, and by 1970 it had a complete infrastructure, along with friendly people and beautiful beaches. Rumors of its natural beauty spread by word-of-mouth, attracting a variety of visitors, many of whom decided to settle in this beautiful city. Due to the rapid growth of tourism in the area, it became necessary to create a governmental branch that would be in charge of tourism-related issues in Aracaju and in the state of Sergipe in general.
Over the past few decades, the tourism industry has been united and strengthened in Aracaju, offering its visitors paradise-like beaches and a large amount of ecological points of interest. World-class hotels recognized the importance of this destination, especially after the construction of Orla de Atalaia, a beautiful boardwalk along one of the state's most famous and beautiful beaches. Paths were created to provide for easy access to the beaches, along with a large quantity of restaurants, bars and hotels. Discover the amazing sights that await you in Aracaju!
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