Introduction

The small fishing village of Algodoal on Ilha de Maiandeua, 180km northeast of Belém, has no cars or paved roads, and boasts expansive views over firm windswept beaches and a sometimes turbulent sea. A popular getaway for young Belenenses, Algodoal is jam-packed during a few frenetic months in the summer and over certain holidays, and quiet and virtually abandoned during down periods.