Introduction

The small fishing village of Algodoal on Ilha de Maiandeua exchanges cars and paved roads for 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. If you catch it when it's quiet, it's one of northern Brazil's best hideaways. It's located 180km northeast of Belém.