If you want to experience a combination of modern cities, nature and colonial charm Recife is the ideal place to go. Located at the northeast of Brazil Recife is the capital of Pernambuco, also known as the “Venice of Brazil” and one of the biggest coastal cities in Brazil. Divided by canals and united by numerous bridges, this city modernity (Zona Sul) and history co-exist with its high-rise buildings and beautiful avenues. Recife Antigo is a colonial center with buildings, churches, public markets and traditional alleys.
During the day you can enjoy a sunny day at the south beaches, or admire the beautiful coral reefs when snorkeling or scuba diving in the clear waters of Recife; or take some time for trips to nearby cities like Igarassu and Jaboatao dos Guararapes or to the north of Recife and visit the city of Paulista. Recife also offers an active nightlife at the city bars and discotheques. Some of the many wonders of Recife are special dates like New Years Eve which is celebrated in the beautiful beaches of Boa Viagem, and carnaval celebration in February that demonstrate their culture.
Recife has many activities and attractions to offer that have to do with culture, architecture and nature. The Botanical Park Dois Irmaos or the Botanical Garden of Recife are large forests rich in flora and fauna. If you want to walk on white sand beaches Boa Viagem, Praia do Pina and Praia de Piedade are the swimming areas protected by the reefs.
Colonial churches like Capela Dourada and Basilica and Convent of Nossa Senhora do Carmo are going to take you time traveling to the colonial era. Architecture takes a big part of the city of Recife. Forte de São João Batista do Brum, the Malakoff Tower are breathtaking buildings among others. Many cultural museums are part of the touristic places in Recife. Museu Cais do Sertao is a modern day museum while Museu do Estado Pernambuco is a museum of the 19th century.
If you would like to witness the culture of Brazil, Recife has the right places to go. From colorful plazas like Marco Zero Square and the Sculpture Park Francisco Brennand to exhibitions of giant handmade dolls called Olinda Giant Dolls.
When it comes to tasty foods, Recife has several restaurants near the touristic places. Close to Marco Zero Square, Seu Boteco Restaurant is an economic choice for a tasty meal. After a long at the beach at Boa Viagem Chica Pitanga Restaurant is a local that offers a variety of traditional plates from Recife. With their waiters dressed according to the region, Paraxaxá Restaurant has more than 120 plates for tourists and locals to choose. Mainly known by the local people, Sorveteria Bacana in Olinda sells a wide variety of ice creams in big and small portions.
If you want an experience full of nature, architecture, history, cultural and gastronomical Recife is the right place.