Official language: Portuguese
Time zone: UTC -3
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Mirante da Treze de Julho is the lookout tower providing a nice view over the estuary of the Sergipe river which divides the city. It’s situated next to the Beira Mar promenade. Remember, it’s closed on Sundays and Mondays!
Each year, around June and July, Festas Juninas (known as Forró Caju) takes place in Aracaju. During the procession, you can see thousands of dancers from the best dance schools.
In Aracaju, there are mangrove forests. During the high tide, it looks as if the tree crowns grew from the sea. The scenery is breathtaking.
Sandy beaches with a large number of restaurants, bars, and pubs are perfect for those who love parties. You can also find here unique nature, excellent cuisine, and hearty people.
Atalaia Velha is the most popular beach in Aracaju. There are many playgrounds next to the promenade, so it’s recommended especially for families with children. If you prefer active leisure, visit the huge Parque dos Cajueiros Park to enjoy the sports fields and a swimming pool complex. Next to Avenida Santos Dumont, there is Projeto Tamar, where you may discover the life of sea animals, including sea turtles. It’s best to pay a visit at their feeding time, at 4.30 p.m.
Aracaju was once an important port city. Fishing traditions are still maintained, so if you wake up early enough and head to Sergipe waterfront in the Industrial district, you may see the picturesque view of fishermen sailing in colorful boats. The city is also known for a wealth of architectural gems. One of the buildings located in the heart of the old town is the 19th-century Ponte de Imperador bridge. It offers an incredible outlook over the Sergipe river. In this part of the city, you’ll find numerous charming streets, squares, and restaurants where you can enjoy your time.
When your stomach starts growling, go to Santos Dumont street. It’s lined with restaurants serving traditional Brazilian dishes, such as feijoada completa (stew with black beans and various kinds of meat and giblets given with rice), churrasco (grilled meat), tapioca pancakes (panquecas com tapioca), and finest beef steaks. If you’re into live music, the best choice will be Cariri pub with its long tradition. Restaurants Ponto da Picanha and Pitu com Pirao da Eliane also guarantee you excellent culinary experience. If you prefer street food, look for spots with pastel – fried in oil thin crust pies with various types of fillings.