Maceió is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state of Alagoas with a population of over 922,458 inhabitants. Located on the northeastern coast of Brazil, between Mundaú Lake and the Atlantic Ocean just south of Recife, Maceió is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

MaceioThe name "maceió" is the Indian term for the natural spontaneously courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceiós flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes. There are a lot of maceiós and lakes in this region; and because of this, the city was given the name Maceió.

The tropical climate in Maceió is warm to hot with relative humidity all year round (average: 26°C). These conditions are relieved by a lack of extreme temperatures and soothing winds blowing from the ocean. Summer extends from December through March, when temperatures are very hot. May through September is mildly warm but rainy.

The city’s history began with an old sugar mill and plantation complex around the 19th century. It was known for exporting sugar, then tobacco, coconut, leather, and some spices. Because of its economic prosperity, it became a village on December 5, 1815, and later the capital of the Alagoas Province on December 9, 1839. About 200 year ago, the Port of Jaraguá was developed, next to the margins of the Mundaú lagoon, to improve the commercial and economic development of Maceió, and this small village was soon changed into a city.

Today, the fabrication of ethanol and sugar from sugarcane growth is still a major industry in the region. However, over the last 30 years, the tourist industry has transformed the coastal areas of the city into vibrant points of entertainment for Brazilians and foreign tourists alike.

Maceió stands out for its 12-km of warm white sand beaches, the color of sea varying from emerald green to blue. Coconut trees, palm trees and marshes full of mangroves sprinkle this coast popular for its many natural pools. There are colorful reefs a few meters off the coast, that turn into swimming pools at low tide, perfect for snorkeling and diving. They can be accessed by boats or rafts sailing from the beach. Mundaú Lake is also another option for sailing and bathing in transparent water.

  Surfing, body boarding, wind-surfing, jet skis and kite surfing are also popular here. The best place to go surfing is at Frances beach. The beaches in town are often busy and have party-like atmosphere, while the remote beaches, just a little ways away, are quite relaxing and peaceful.

Maceió does have a magnificent coastal ambiance but it also has a remarkable culture, reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and customs. Here, you can buy handmade hammocks, swimwear, jewelry and other items from the crafts people that make them. Intricate lacework is done here, so you can pick up great lace items for a reasonable price. The outdoor markets at Pajuçara Beach and Pontal da Barra are popular for local folk art.

The region offers its own unique cuisine, with a large seafood tradition as well as typical Brazilian dishes. Local dishes tend to be based on rice, beans, seafood, meat and salad. Most beach-side restaurants and bars offer a variety of different food, and many typical Maceió’s specialties. Tapioca, a pancake made of tapioca flour that can be filled with anything from ham and cheese to chocolate, is also on the menu. Seafood is prepared from local recipes, such as tapioca, acaraje, carne-de-sol, cuscuz de tapioca. A kind of mollusk, the sururu, is key ingredient of many typical dishes.

  There is also a fun nightlife with lots of clubs and bars where you can enjoy a night out of drinking, music and dancing. The area of Jatiuca has a good bar scene, and the Pajuçara section has some popular nightclubs.

The city offers all modern conveniences, including, parks for playing football, volleyball, and basketball; shopping; banks; cinemas at Maceió Shopping, Pátio Maceió and Farol Malls; concerts; plays at at the Deodoro Theatre and Gustavo Leite Theatre; and gambling houses with slot machines and bingo only.

There are also lots of sights to see around town, including colonial architecture; the birthplace of Brazil's first president, historic slave site/settlement; Museum of the Historical and Geographical Institute of Alagoas, Pierre Chalita Museum, Théo Brandão Museum for folk art, Museum of Image and Music, Museum of sport, Museum of natural history UFAL. Historical buildings include the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pleasures, the Municipal Market, and the Floriano Peixoto Palace.

Maceio's culture is vibrant and unique. On the area's amazing beaches, you can enjoy authentic Brazilian music, and learn a few dance steps along the way. It is an ideal tropical environment to relax and enjoy life.


School Facilities


Fast Forward Centre: Located in an up-market, residential suburb, the center is made up of 2 buildings, where the 6 spacious classrooms and offices are distributed. There is a lounge for students to relax and even kitchen facilities. The reception area is connected to the lounge with phones, lending library, and free wireless internet access. A recreation room is provided with access to TV/DVD player, computers with free internet access and
wireless, and a snack area.

There are stands near school where snacks and drinks can be purchased, as well as, many self-service restaurants nearby where lunch can be eaten.





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