Not sure what to do in Porto de Galinhas? Check out 16 must-see tourist attractions and discover the main tourist attractions on the south coast of Pernambuco

The famous beach of Port of Chickens is part of the municipality of Ipojuca and enchants tourists with its exuberant natural beauty.

Located on the southern coast of the state, Porto de Galinhas is surrounded by paradisiacal beaches, which are surrounded by an immense barrier reef, which at low tide forms natural pools.

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In addition, the destination is close to other must-see attractions that are worth a trip back, such as Carneiros Beach and maragogi, in Alagoas. If you are planning to travel and want to discover things to do in Porto de Galinhas, check out this list with 16 must-see attractions.

16 attractions to discover in Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas natural pools

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Certainly one of the most famous postcards in Brazil, the natural pools are the main Porto de Galinhas tourist attraction. Located a few meters from the sand strip, the pools are formed by corals that emerge during low tide. 

To get there, visitors need to take an exciting 10-minute raft ride. 

Vila beach

Porto de Galinhas tourist attractions.

Porto de Galinhas tourist attractions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Praia da Vila is the busiest and most structured beach in the destination. This is where the famous rafts leave for the natural pools and where the vast majority of restaurants and bars in Porto de Galinhas are concentrated.


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Much sought after by surfers, Maracaípe Beach has perfect waves for practitioners of the sport and occasionally hosts important surfing championships.

Surrounded by a wonderful coconut grove, the beach is a few kilometers long and has areas where the sea is calmer.

Pontal de Maracaípe

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Point where the waters of the river and the sea meet, Pontal de Maracaípe is one of the quietest places close to Porto de Galinhas. 

The region also offers a raft ride, with a stop to observe the marine calluses and the scenery formed by the mangroves.

Hippocampus Project 

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Outside the beaches and nature circuit, Porto de Galinhas also has educational tours that are very interesting! THE Hippocampus Project is an environmental center that researches and protects the seahorse species that live in the region.

The Hippocampus Project is located in the center of the village of Porto de Galinhas, at Rua da Esperança, 700. The office is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 12.50 pm and from 2.30 pm to 4.50 pm.

Porto de Galinhas Center

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The center has great options of restaurants, bars and some shops. It's a nice walk to go at night, after enjoying the beach.

The place is all decorated with the famous chickens of the city and concentrates the nightlife of the destination.

Cupe Beach

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Praia do Cupe has its strip of sand surrounded by coconut trees, luxury hotels and resorts.

Despite having a violent sea and attracting many surfers, there is an area with scattered corals where the sea is calmer and small natural pools appear in the area known as Pontal do Cupe.

Serrambi Beach 

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Praia de Serrambi has clear, warm and calm waters. During low tide, the pools form in front of the shore, making it possible to reach them by swimming. To get there, you need to take the road from Porto de Galinhas to Serrambi and, when you get to the center, enter the Ponta de Serrambi condominium.

Atelier Gilberto Carcará

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The most famous sculptor in the city has as his trademark several chickens carved from a coconut tree trunk. Carcará, from Olinda, found in his work a way to represent the destination using raw material from the region.

Carcará's work can be seen all over Porto de Galinhas, but right in front of the handicraft fair (next to the tourist information center) you can see some of his chickens that pay homage to great personalities.

Carneiros Beach

Porto de Galinhas tourist attractions.

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The beach is the most famous in the neighboring municipality, Tamandaré. With a desert climate and little structure of hotels and restaurants, the beach has paradisiacal scenarios and was famous for its small and charming church built by the sea.

The place can be known in a classic tour offered at the tourist agencies of Porto de Galinhas. In it, visitors take a fun boat ride with several stops at other attractions in the municipality.


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Porto de Galinhas is considered one of the best places to practice baptism diving. The reason is its extremely transparent waters that allow a clear view of the corals and animals that live in it.

Several diving schools and tourist agencies offer the tour. Diving takes an average of 30 minutes and can be done at different points on Porto de Galinhas Beach.

Muro Alto beach

Porto de Galinhas tourist attractions.

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Perfect for children, Muro Alto Beach is named for having a huge coral bank that forms a gigantic natural pool during low tide. This is one of the most popular beaches in Porto de Galinhas and the place is surrounded by numerous inns and charming hotels.

Calhetas beach

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Praia de Galheta once served as a refuge for adventurers and hippies who sought peace in their small fishing village. 

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Pernambuco, the incredible Praia de Calheta is located in the municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho. In addition to enjoying the small strip of sand and its rustic restaurants, tourists can try the zip line installed on top of a hill, which heads towards the sea.

Buggy's ride

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The buggy tour is one of the most popular in Porto de Galinhas. In it, visitors travel 16 km of beaches in Porto de Galinhas, getting to know the best of the south coast of Pernambuco. Beaches like Muro Alto, Cupe and Maracaípe are on the route.

Return to Maragogi

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The most famous destination in the state of Alagoas is just 100 km from Porto de Galinhas, and can be a great option for a day trip in 1 or 2 days. The journey takes an average of two hours and guarantees tourists the chance to visit one of the most famous beaches in Brazil.

Return to Recife vs Olinda

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Only 60 km away from Ipojuca, the capital of Pernambuco and its neighbor, Olinda, are a great option for day trips from Ipojuca. Travel agencies offer a panoramic tour to get to know some of the main attractions of the cities, but it is also possible to transfer them in travel buses, public buses, taxis and shared travel apps such as Uber.

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» Best time to visit Porto de Galinhas
» Tours to do in Porto de Galinhas
» Itinerary through Maragogi, Tamandaré and Porto de Galinhas on the same trip
» Calhetas Beach, another option for those who are in Porto de Galinhas

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