The Recife history shows a love and hate case with its neighbor Olinda city, the first Pernambuco capital. Recife was used as a harbor since 1548 by Olinda citizens, because it had better anchorage. Nevertheless it remained a dependent small village when, in 1630, the Dutch invaded Brazil and conquered Pernambuco. The conquerers preferred to settle at the harbor and, to punish the Olinda citizens resistance, they set fire on the city, whose population was forced to move to Recife.
A good option to visit Recife is to take a boat tour along Capibaribe river.
"Catamaran Tours" offers a few options of tours. "Rio Capibaribe e suas pontes" (Capibaribe River and its bridges), "Recife e seus bairros" (Recife and its neighborhoods), "Ilha de Santo Aleixo" (Santo Aleixo Island), "Praia dos Carneiros" (Carneiros Beach) and "Ilha de Itamaracá" (Itamaracá Island). I took the one along Capibaribe River and found it very amusing. The price is R$30,00 (US$20).
Check www.catamarantours.com.br for more info.
Pottery Brennand - The exhibition
A large area of the factory is covered by all kind of shapes coming from Brennand's imagination. It's such a wide display, that you barely notice most of the pieces. And, a strange thing, they don't seem very interested about... selling. I only saw a small shop, with some banal pieces at medium price. Another missing point is a circuit to visit the working factory. We may see the workers here and there, but a ban at the door tells us not to enter. Well, art is beautiful, but work is not unworthy.
I have to say that Recife was not the great location I was hoping it would be. It was a convenient place to stay for getting to Olinda and Porto do Galinas a bit south - but Recife itself wasn't much to speak about.
The "old city" of Recife was small and simply uninviting -- perhaps I missed something.
The market was interesting, however. As per usual, loads of stuff for sale - most of it geared to the tourist.
BOA VIAGEM BEACH
Early Morning people come to bathe or suntan. Thousands and thousands of colorful umbrellas décorate the beach.
People are so friendly and start a conversation right away, offering you some snacks and some beer.
The sun is hot and the water very warm. But I found that the water was not that clean, and a little smelly on low tides, because the coral reef keep the water from flowing back and it keeps the seaweed caught in little pools and the heat being so intense make the water almost not swimmable.
Beach vendors are by the hundred: You can buy almost anything from them. You have to taste the delicacy of their snacks cooked on their weelbarrows bbq. Eating Caldinhos (soups) grill cheese is a delight for the mouth and drinking Goiaba, abacaxi, aqua de coco , graviola....and CAIPIRINHA are DRINKS FROM THE GODS.
Till late at night you can enjoy grilled snack and drink as much as you want.