Maceio is the largest city and capital of the coastal state Alagoas, Brazil. Maceio is located between Mundau Lake and the Atlantic Ocean. The population of 922,458 was recorded in 2006. In the 19th century, the city began in an old sugar mill and plantation complex. It's development started with the arrival of ships taking wood from Jaragua bay.
Most people think of beaches when they think of Brazil. Although the country has beautiful beaches, Brazil is also known for growing and exporting goods. Maceio is one of the leading producers of sugar and brine for it's country. In the last 30 years, Maceio has become one of the best tourists spots around. The tourist industry has turned the coastal areas of the city into vibrant places of entertainment for the Brazilian and foreign tourists.
After the installation of their sugar mills, the city started to export sugar, then tobacco, coconut, leather and spices. Due to it's prosperity, Maceio became a village on December 5, 1815. Then became the capital of the Alagoas Province on December 9, 1839. Then it changed from a village to a city.
The climate is wet and dry, making it a typical tropical climate. The relative humidity is high through the entire year. There is relief from this humidity by having trade winds off the ocean and rarely having extreme temperatures. The hottest month in Maceio is January with 89 degrees and the coolest being July with around 80 degrees. Temperatures usually stay close to the same year through.
The official national language of Maceio is Portuguese, making it the primary language taught in schools. While English and Spanish are also taught. There are many high schools and universities in Alagoas.
Maceio has plenty to offer for entertainment and sightseeing. There are museums, music, theaters, dance, folk art and much more. You can hear live Brazilian music and see dancing throughout the city, thus making this a destination that will be hard to forget. Soccer is a favorite pastime in this city. There are many soccer clubs based in Maceio such as CRB and CSA.
Transportation in Maceio consists of Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport and several highways and roadways that connect many cities in Brazil. The Port of Jaragua is also used for exporting goods and water traffic. It is 1249 miles to Brasilia, 168 miles to Recife, 180 miles to Aracaju and 379 miles to Salvador.
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