The Stunning Main Port of Recife
A city of rivers and bridges, Recife has been hailed as the "Venice of Brazil." With its emerald-green tropical waters, sun-drenched beaches and coral reef, the city has long been a popular escape for Brazil's Carnival travelers. The capital of Pernambuco State, Recife is also Brazil's fifth-largest city with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's a charming mixture of modern metropolis, colonial settlement and tropical beach resort.
At Boa Viagam, the city's most popular beach, large, private pools form in the reef at low tide - much to the delight of swimmers and sunbathers.
Points of Interest
- Casa de Cultura
The cells of a one-time prison now house 150 craft shops, bookstores and coffee shops and an outdoor patio area now acts as the setting for concerts, folkloric performances and venues for regional cuisine.
- Golden Chapel
This stunning Baroque church with gold leaf everywhere, including the altar, boasts some of the most beautiful tile work in Recife, a spectacular ceiling painting and a handsome exterior.
- Oficina Ceramic Ricardo Brennand
A fantasy arising from the fertile imagination of Brazil's famous sculptor Ricardo Brennand, this complex of fountains, gardens and 2,000 sculptures is a must for any connoisseur of contemporary art.
- Boa Viagem
The most famous beach in Recife boasts a long offshore reef which keeps the water calm for swimming, even at night, and a wide array of glamorous hotels, restaurants and night clubs.
- Convento de Sao Francisco
One of the oldest buildings in Recife, the 16th century Convent of Saint Francis is decorated with gorgeous blue, yellow and red Portuguese tiles.
- Rua do Amparo
This historic street is one of the most scenic and architecturally significant thoroughfares in Olinda, the colonial capital of Brazil and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.