Aracaju, the capital of Sergipe, is a tourist-friendly city in northeast Brazil located near the more popular Salvador. Founded in the 19th century, Aracaju is a modern and well laid out city with a pleasant year-round weather.
Attractions and Activities in Aracaju
Aracaju’s beaches are about relaxation and adventure galore, be it the pristine beaches on Santa Luzia Island or the urban Atalaia Beach. Atalaia is famous for its nighlife, bars, restaurants and other leisure spots. It boasts the Aquarium of Aracaju, with twenty aquariums exhibiting vivid marine life. The main attraction is a 40,000 gallon ocean tank depicting the marine environment, with the facility to observe the Atlantic Ocean in real time from a camera connected to the marine platform. The Pirambu Beach in the north is a desert beach featuring dunes and a biological reserve to protect sea turtles.
Northern Aracaju is home to the Industrial District’s boardwalk, a major recreational area with cycling paths, children’s play areas, bars, restaurants and artisan areas. The historic downtown is a commercial zone with old plazas, markets and museums. It houses historical monuments, forts, municipal buildings and astounding 19th century churches, such as the Catedral Metropolitana and the Sao Salvador. The city park in north Aracaju flaunts natural areas, including a zoo and aerial cable cars, spanning seven million square feet.
The rich history of Aracaju can be perceived in its museums. For example, the Historical and Geographical Museum of Sergipe houses the skeleton of a Giant Sloth said to be an inhabitant of the region over 8,000 years ago. The Anthropology Museum has exhibits conveying the story of Sergipe’s civilizations, and Artisan Museum displays a variety of Brazil’s artisanal pieces.
The Ponte di Imperador, a renovated 19th century wooden bridge on the bank of the Sergipe River, is a popular viewpoint.
Aracaju is well connected to major Brazilian cities via federal highways. The Santa Maria Airport connects with major Brazilian cities.
The city has an integrated public transportation system that allows travelers to use a single ticket to travel in a number of buses to explore the city. It also has a sound cycling path stretching to over 30 miles.
Accommodation in Aracaju
The coastal area offers fine resort accommodations with luxury amenities and beachside activities. Prodigy Beach Resort & Conventions Aracaju is a popular resort. Popular Aracaju hotels include Radisson A, Meps Executive Hotel, Celi Hotel A, Quality Hotel Aracaju and Ibis Aracaju.