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THE STORY HAS PARACURU START BEFORE CABRAL discovered Brazil. According to historian Rodolfo Spínola books " Vicente Pinzon e a Descoberta do Brasil" and " Naufragos, Traficantes e Deportados" written by journalist Eduardo Bueno: 29 de Janeiro de 1500, Spanish navigator Vicente Yáñez Pinzón was the protagonist of the first battle Brazilian land between Europeans and indigenous paracuruenses Tremembés the outskirts of Rio Curu. Twenty natives died in combat and eight Spanish.
Its origins date back to the late sixteenth century, already in 1888 was the village Alto Alegre do Parazinho; elected city in 1951. Its name in Tupi language means Lizard Sea. 296.60 km2 area of the Municipality. Population about 30,000. Economy: tourism, agro-industry, livestock, shrimp, chicken and eggs, flowers (ornamental pineapple and Sansevero cylinders), agriculture: cultivation of passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, coconut, sugar cane for alcohol; subsistence fisheries. Paracuru home base support for offshore oil wells.
The city is on the sea in a beautiful bay downwind, and it offers accommodation facilities, small Hotels and Pousadas, bars and restaurants. In the rural area find ancient manioc flour mills and cane sugar still working, and cattle ranches. Paradisiacal beaches, different from each other; The ideal temperature of the sea; The climate is dry and ventilated; Nature is wild and exuberant; And water sports:are the treasures of this city. The night of Paracuru is a party where people meet and have fun with the Forrò (dance for all), shows and events that enliven the city all year. PARACURU BEACHES: Barra do Rio Curù: PROTECTED NATURAL AREA; Guagiru and Carnaubinha (Hawaizinho): WILD BEACHES; Pedra do Meio and Coqueirinho: BEAUTIFUL BEACHES; Praia da Bica: NATURAL FALLS; Munguba: CENTRAL BEACH WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE ; Igreja Velha (Ronco do Mar): INTERNATIONAL SPOT of SURF, Boca do Poço: DOCK BOATS (JANGADAS); Almas and Canto: PROTECTED AREA OF THE GREAT SAND DUNES ; Pedra Rachada NATURAL SEA POOLS; Pau Enfincado (Quebra Mar) INTERNATIONAL SPOT OF KITESURF; Baixo Grande Buraco, Vapor, Pedra Redonda, Anjos, Pedra Grande Piriquara: WIND FARM.
Birdwatching and nature photographs
Paracuru has the most rich and diverse ecosystem of Costa do Sol Poente. With 20 km of coastline lined by beautiful beaches from the mouth of the Rio San Gonçalo, through dunes, cliffs, inlets from the sea calm, with rock pools and coral, to the mangroves in the mouth of the Rio Curu, the whole is surrounded by coconut palms and emerald green sea. The Dunes of Paracuru environmental areas are protected: Rise in magnificent scenery grand dunes interspersed with lagoons of crystal water. Mangrove: the estuary of the Rio Curu is an area of environmental protection: habitat for marine species and birds that live and reproduce in the Ecological Sanctuary, where you'll find the waters of the river with the sea in a landscape of rare beauty. LAGOONS: many freshwater lagoons scattered throughout the region, are a paradox in a largely arid region! Well worth a visit to the lagoons of Joao Rola, Jirau and Sao Pedro. Restingas: An area of incomparable beauty, between the dunes and the sea with hundreds of migratory birds, hawks and vultures, and small mammals as hares, foxes and raccoons living in these green areas with cattle grazing.
Culture and art: works carved in wood, straw, leather, ceramics, and precious artifacts Renda de Bilro (Bobbin-lacet) Filet-Lacet (threaded-lacet) and colorful hammocks. The dance company, the band, storytellers and folk artists give luster to this land, with exhibitions and events in town squares. Events: known as the gayest city in the West Coast! Carnival and New Year, holidays of June and in November the anniversary of the city with the traditional race Jangadas (traditional boats) which are part of the tourist calendar. Traditional cuisine: of meat, chicken, fish, shrimps and lobsters.
restaurants and kiosks on the beach (barracas) offer specialties such as Peixada (fish soup); Moqueca de Arraia (grilled stingray), shrimp and lobster in sauce or grilled, Carne do Sol (dried meat cooked); Galinha Cabidela ( chicken in sauce), Bolinha de Peixe and Bolinha de Bacalhau (delicious fish balls and dried cod), Caranguejo (crab), Baiao de Dois (rice and beans); Queijo na Brasa (grilled cheese); Frango Assado (grilled chicken) and Peixe Frito (fried fish). all washed down with the ubiquitous Caipirinha and Cerveja (beer)
Kite and windsurfing
the city is internationally known for its perfect waves and strong wind and constant windward beaches. A Sanctuary for kitesurfing and windsurfing from August to January. In July, the league Sandboard, in November the ParacuruKitePower. in January's Surf Championship and the International Surfing WQS
How to get here
Distance 84 km from the international airport of Fortaleza, it is easy to get to Paracuru with Rodovia BR222/CE341 or for estruturante Rodovia CE 085, also known as Rota do Sol Poente, Paracuru is linked to capital bus all day.
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