The city of Recife was originally founded by a colony of fishermen and, its name comes from an enormous coral reef that protects its coast, thus creating one of the most beautiful natural pools.
The scenery of rare beauty wraps visitors up in an atmosphere of culture, and history inviting them to enjoy unforgettable moments in Recife. The city offers countless attractions, seven days a week, for those looking for a leisure destination.
The Pernambuco state capital preserves much of its colonial period. The mixture of the legacy left by the Portuguese and Dutch occupations together with the revitalization works of the city make the whole set of tourist spots very attractive for tourists.
What to enjoy in Recife?
With a hot and humid tropical climate and high temperatures all year round, the city of Recife is an invitation for a refreshing dive in its beaches.
Porto de Galinhas is the main and busiest beach along the coast of Pernambuco, visited all year round by tourists due to its natural beauty and excellent hotel infrastructure.
The Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, belonging to the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, is formed by twenty-one islands, in an extension of 26 km², the most prominent known as “Fernando de Noronha”.
The capital of the Brazilian State of Pernambuco also became famous for its historical and cultural heritage. Besides the monuments, theaters and museums, the Carnival is an important attraction.
Make time for at least one day to walk around the Recife Antigo (Old Recife) and visit places that are in the same area, such as Marco Zero – where the official counting of distances begins -, the new Handicraft Market, Rua do Bom Jesus and its colorful buildings, the Embassy of the Giant Dolls, the Jewish Cultural Centre and the Malakoff Tower.
Leaving the old part of Recife, it is essential to visit Boa Viagem Beach, very famous in the capital; the Oficina Brennand, full of Francisco Brennand’s works, painter and sculptor from Recife; and the Instituto Ricardo Brennand, a venue with interesting exhibitions for people of all ages.
In the historical center of Olinda, the tour begins at the Carmo Church, dated 1580, and then goes up the São Francisco Street until you reach the São Francisco Convent, with many painted tiles. If you keep walking up the hill, it will be easy to see the so-called Alto da Sé, where there are good small shops, the Panoramic Elevator and the Sé – the Cathedral of Olinda, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the city.
Source: Tourism in Recife, Best Destinations