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Verified travelerJan 7, 2020
Great vibe, good beach and awesome weather.
Admire the fading grander of a historic old town and then explore sweeping beaches in the capital of Brazil’s Pernambuco state.
Recife, located on Brazil’s northeast coast, is a bustling port city famous for its beaches, colonial architecture and nightlife. It’s also the host of one of the most popular carnival celebrations outside of Rio de Janeiro. Often called the Venice of Brazil, Recife spreads across peninsulas and islands intersected by canals and rivers. It takes its name from the Portuguese word for reef, a reference to the reefs that shelter the city’s shoreline.
Start your visit in Old Recife (Recife Antigo), the Dutch-built historic center that sits on its own island. Marco Zero, in Praça Rio Branco, marks the spot where Portuguese settlers founded the city in 1537. Admire pastel-colored landmarks while strolling along Rua do Bom Jesus. One example is the Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, believed to be the oldest synagogue in the Americas. Mingle in the bars and restaurants set around Praça Artur Oscar.
Cross the bridge to Sant Antonio island, another Dutch-influenced district. Here, the Capela Dourada, Concatedral of St. Peter of Clerics and Palácio da Justiça are all worth visiting. Browse exhibitions on the city’s long history at City of Recife Museum, housed in the 17th-century Fort of Five Points. Attend a classical music concert at Teatro de Santa Isabel. Stop for a drink in one of the bars at Pátio de São Pedro.
Recife has many fine beaches to enjoy in the year-round sunshine. Pina Beach is closest to the city and merges with Boa Viagem Beach, a 4-mile (7-kilometer) long coastal neighborhood. The latter has hotels, nightlife, restaurants and water sports centers. Go shopping at Recife Shopping Center and Guararapes Shopping. Further south are Piedade Beach and Candeias Beach.
Rent a car or catch shuttle buses to visit beach towns outside of the city. Just a 90-minute drive south is the glorious Porto de Galinhas. Travel north and discover the colonial-era treasures of nearby Olinda.
Reach Recife by flying to Recife International Airport. Get around the city center on foot and use public buses to reach the urban beaches. Come between February and March when the city explodes into color during the Recife Carnival.
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If you're spending time in Boa Viagem, you might enjoy attractions like Boa Viagem Beach and Boa Viagem Square. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's pristine beaches before hopping on the metro at Airport Station to see more of the city.
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Pina is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Pina Beach and Shopping Rio Mar.
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Travelers like the theaters in Boa Vista, and Aurora Street is a top attraction you might want to visit.
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You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Olinda Historical Center. You might want to make time for a stop at Alto da Se Park or Mauricio de Nassau House.
You'll enjoy the museums and shopping in Santo Amaro. You might want to make time for a stop at Shopping Tacaruna or Aurora Street.
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If you're spending some time in Centro, Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools and Maracaipe Beach are top sights worth seeing.
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Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019
Set on Brazil’s glorious northeastern coastline, this beach is the place to idle about on the soft sand and swim in the transparent water.
Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Boa Viagem Beach, a popular beach in Recife. Experience the area's theater scene and museums.
Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Calhetas Beach, a popular beach in Cabo de Santo Agostinho. Discover the area's coral reefs and churches.
Ride big waves, swim in tidal pools and spot seahorses at this alluring beach in the southern region of Ipojuca.
If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Cupe Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Ipojuca. Wander the clear-water beaches or discover the area's coral reefs.
Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Merepe Beach during your travels in Ipojuca? Discover the area's coral reefs and countryside.
Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters of dazzling blue, dotted with colorful fish and other beautiful marine species, and lounge in the shade of vast coconut groves scattered across the beach.
Day 1: Transfer from Recife Airport to your Hotel Day 2: Recife to Marco Zero Square/Instituto Ricardo Brennand/Oficina Francisco Brennand In the morning after your breakfast you will take a boat tour in the rivers of Recife.
323/5000 Value of air-conditioned car with driver for up to 4 people. We have Doblo, Siena, SPIN and Sprinter. We took one, two, three up to four people for $ 120.00. Valid Rate 2019 (except Holiday). For events, groups or wedding request a quote. If
Kayak Lesson Let's find and start with a series of stretches and light runs for exercise preparation. head to the sea in the natural pools of the hen harbor. We will take a tour of the conservation area after 15 minutes of instructions and adaptation to use the kayak.
We met in the center of Porto de Galinhas. Let's take a bike ride through the coconut palms of Maracaipe, passing the ruins of the Slave Route (sectoral period route), which is a local paradise.
Your driver will be waiting for you at your hotel in Olinda with a sign which will have your name in it. Enjoy this transfer from your hotel in Olinda to the International Airport of Recife or all hotels on the Harbor of Boa Viagem, Pina and Piedade.
RonJan 16, 2019
Great cultural and crafts city. It has great food, music and friendly people. It's wise to not flash jewelry or valuables and try to travel in groups, especially after dark. If careful, any visitor should have a memorable experience.