Interview: Jair Galvao, Maceio’s Secretary for the Promotion of Tourism
By Leila Monteiro Lins
After defining the order of tours according to the tides, take the jangada that goes to the natural pools of Pajuçara, one of the most beautiful urban beaches of Maceió.
DISCOVER – What makes Maceió special in relation to the rest of the Brazilian coast?
Jair Galvao – Maceió is probably the only Brazilian capital city, surrounded by a massive coral reef that stretches along the coastline forming amazing natural pools. In addition to having warm waters that go from deep emerald green to sky blue, you will also find excellent dining options in Maceió with international and regional food – from seafood to the hearty and delectable Northeast cuisine. Our waterfront provides a variety of facilities with dedicated bike lanes and recreational paths that allow people to walk along the beach, public courts, free Wi-Fi and tons of great entertainment options.
DISCOVER – What does Maceió have to celebrate in its 200 years of history?
Jair Galvao – Every day Maceió reaffirms its tourist vocation. In addition to having one of the country’s most beautiful beachfronts, we want to show Brazil and the world our colourful culture and rhythms, our unique flavours, our creativity and our unique way of celebrating 200 years of history. Maceió is driven by the rhythm of the coconut, marked by the joy of quadrilhas or square dancing, the architecture of its museums, the colours of its art galleries and the refinement of filet lace. To fully immerse yourself in the intense culture of the city, you should go for a walk through the historic district of Jaraguá, visit museums such as the Theo Brandao Museum of Anthropology and Folklore, then stop by the Arts & Crafts Market in Pontal da Barra with contemporary and traditional arts & crafts and finally try some of the local and traditional food made in wood burning stoves in Riacho Doce.
In addition to that, 2016 is a great leap forward year in terms of competitiveness for Maceió. We will have a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Maceió as of March 2017 and we are in negotiations with the European market. A totally new hotel district is being built in the northern area of the city offering a more preserved and natural beach that is uniquely beautiful.