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Introducing Algodoal

The small fishing village of Algodoal on Ilha de Maiandeua, 180km northeast of Belém, attracts younger Belenenses and a few foreign travelers. It’s an attractive natural retreat with firm, windswept beaches and a sometimes turbulent sea.

The island’s name comes from an indigenous word meaning ‘uncountable riches beneath the sea.’ Legend has it that an enchanted city is submerged off the island’s northern tip; it emerges occasionally and is visible from Praia da Princesa, which was named for the city’s royal daughter.