Santa Cruz Cabrália is the cradle of the history and culture of colonial Brazil. Many historians claim that the Portuguese arrived in Brazil at this particular point on the coast. People come here on holidays and enjoy a variety of activities: charming beaches, sites rich in history, numerous restaurants and markets. One of the main attractions is the famous Coroa Vermelha beach, a beautiful and peaceful beach where the Portuguese are said to have landed. The historic centre is on a higher level, according to Portuguese tradition: up there, the church of Nossa Senhora Conceição, a heritage building, overlooks the bay! Facing the sea, one quickly grasps the enthusiasm of those who have discovered this paradise!
The history of the district began in 1705 when Italian friars settled in an indigenous village called Mayrahú; in 1761 it was upgraded to village status and only in 1938 that it finally became a city named Maraú. The small village of Barra Grande in the Maraú district was created by fishermen in search of sustenance facing the sea, always maintaining a simple style and in total harmony with nature.