Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Porto de Galinhas, one of northeast best beaches!


(Foto: Danilo Luiz/Divulgação) via globo.com


Porto de Galinhas is a beach located in the municipality of Ipojuca, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The region has pools of clear and warm waters formed between corals, besides estuaries, mangroves, white sand and coconut trees. The whole region is very frequented by tourists and surfers of various nationalities, being elected by the magazine Viagem e Turismo, Editora Abril, as the "Best Beach in Brazil" for 10 consecutive times.

According to history the town was called Porto Rico (Rich Port) due to its abundance of redwood (called Paul Brasil), until 1850 when it became a place where people traded slaves to work in the plantations of sugar cane. To evade the control of the illegal transaction, slaves were transported together with guineafowl and passwords were created by traffickers (Portuguese: "Tem galinha nova no porto"—"There are new chickens in the port"), hence the origin of the name. (wikipedia)

But there are also beaches with strong waves, perfect for surfing - Maracaípe beach is a main points. Water sports, by the way, have been gaining more and more fans in the region, transforming the beach of Muro Alto into a meeting point for lovers of water skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing.






Although the narrow streets and life run slowly in Porto de Galinhas, the village boils in the summer, when it receives tourists from all over Brazil, as well as foreigners from the four corners of the planet.

All are attracted by the natural aquariums, however, they are surprised by the wealth of attractions and leisure options in the region, such as buggy, raft or horseback rides, almost always framed by coconut palms, white sands and a sea of shades of green , sometimes blue.

In downtown village, walking is the best way to check out the handicrafts produced by the natives. They are ceramic chickens - the official souvenir -, embroideries, nets, blankets ... The cuisine also occupies a prominent place, with restaurants offering seafood dishes as well as regional cuisine, such "carne do sol" and "galinha cabidela" (type stewed chicken).



Carne do Sol

Galinha de Cabidela

Fotos créditos: wikipedia, guiadoturismobrasil, fotoexplorerwiki e google.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Caruaru - The Capital City Of Forró Music

It is a Brazilian municipality in the state of PernambucoCaruaru is located in the microzone of Agreste and because of its cultural importance, it is nicknamed Capital do Agreste (Portuguese for the "capital city of the Agreste region"), Princesinha do Agreste ("Little Princess of Agreste"), and Capital do Forró ("the capital city of forró"). Caruaru has a history intertwined with the most famous of northeastern music genres - the forró. Forró is the umbrella term that covers a variety of different subgenres like 'baião, quadrilha, xaxado or xote, all having in common the same basic instruments: accordion, triangle, guitar and percussion. Luiz Gonzaga (1912 - 1989) is perhaps the best-known composer of the genre and to this day there is a museum dedicated to him in Caruaru, the Museu do Forró Luiz Gonzaga, where visitors can learn more about his life and works.

The city is located 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the state capital of Recife, which has an international airport. However Caruaru has its own airport. Also it is renowned for its extensive Festival de São João ("Saint John's Festival"), which takes up the whole month of June, sometimes extending into July.

Economy

The main economic activities in Caruaru are industry (especially textiles), tourismcommerce, and handicraft, and the primary sector, especially the raising of goatschickens, and cattle, and the production of milk. Agricultural activity in the Caruaru area also includes beanscassava, and corn. Caruaru also hosts one of the biggest open-air traditional handicrafts markets of Brazil, the Feira de Caruaru. (search: wikipedia)

Pictures: Google and wikipedia