Recife, capital city of the State of Pernambuco, is the 9th city by population, with over 1.500.000 inhabitants.
The city of Recife is formed by three islands: Recife, Santo Antônio and Boa Vista. Between the islands are the rivers Beberibe and Capibaribe.
Recife is also called «The Venice of Brazil» thanks to the channels and bridges located over the rivers.
The History of Recife and Pernambuco is unique. The contact between native Indians, black slaves and Portuguese settlers was very strong in Pernambuco, and left visible traces in the culture of the region; also visible is the legacy of the Dutch, who occupied the area for more than 20 years. This mixture of influences made the culture of Pernambuco one of the richest in Brazil.
Recife has an important historic patrimony, represented by ancient buildings, mainly in the XVII to XIX centuries, such as big houses, wonderful baroque architecture churches, such as Capela Dourada (Dourada Chapel), and the fortresses which protected the city. The museum exhibits its luxurious culture and not only the local history. The Carnival on the city takes many people to the streets and keeps its popular roots on the frevo and maracatu blocks, which are regional folkloric manifestations.
There are urban beaches and a blue sea which forms wonderful scenery. The Boa Viagem beach in Recife is one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil. Visitors are enchanted by the sandy beaches with warm green waters and also by the complete infrastructure of hotels, restaurants and services, surrounded it.
Sightseeing close to Recife:
Olinda is an ancient Portuguese colonial settlement and a Unesco cultural heritage place, with old monuments and churches, and narrow cobbled streets of colorful colonial style houses. Besides, Olinda is also an excellent beach destination.
Porto de Galinhas is a highly preserved and unspoiled brazilian beach and resort, located about 53 kms south of Recife. This brazilian resort, was born from a small fishing village, and now with a very friendly ambiance and a high number of shops, restaurants and bars, is undoubtedly one of the best in Brazil. Its natural swimming pools at low tide are as famous as its dunes.
Porto de Galinhas