AJU - Aracaju


Between rivers

By Ricardo Freire

Aracaju is one of these places that awakens in the visitor a sense that living there may be more interesting than visiting.

The city spreads out between two mighty rivers, Sergipe and Vaza-Barris. The Sergipe river borders the city in the north, and is where the city began. Due south is 13 de Julho, the most elegant neighborhood, whose main street borders a lush mangrove that was turned into a park. The islet of Coroa do Meio leads to the beach of Atalaia, which has been beautifully urbanized in the last few years – and which follows 20km of semi-wild stretches of sand to the Mosqueiro beach, in Vaza-Barris.

What is new is that the city is no longer contained by the rivers: two bridges recently connected the capital to the untouched beauties of the northern and southern coasts.


O que fazer em Aracaju

The beachfront at Atalaia is guaranteed fun. There are wooden boardwalks (which serve as shortcuts to the surf), bike paths, playgrounds, and even an Oceanarium.  At night you can choose between bars and restaurants on the boardwalk or at the bohemian zone of the Passarela do Caranguejo, on the other side of the street.

Two of Brazil’s oldest cities lie on the outskirts of the capital: São Cristóvão, 23 km south, and Laranjeiras, 30 km north.

Aracaju is a great base for tours. To the north, in Pirambú (34km) you will find the Tamar Project; Pacatuba (115km) is the front door to Sergipe's Pantanal. To the south, Praia do Saco (65km) and Mangue Seco (110km) are two cities that can be combined into one trip.