Mercure Apartments Recife Metropolis

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Rua Estado de Israel 203, Ilha do Leite, Recife, Pernambuco, 50070-42, Brazil
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Visiting Recife and Tamandare

by drcpas

We will be visiting Recife/Olinda for three days in December then we will be renting a car and spending a week in Tamandare. We want to explore and sightsee to Porto de Galinhas and other beach towns south of Recife. I am wondering how the road conditions are to Tamandare. It looks like a short 50 miles but I am wondering also should we take the main highway 101BR then PE 073 or 101BR to PE060? How is PE 060? Any help will be very appreciated.

Re: Visiting Recife and Tamandare

by bahiana77

Hi Gail.
I myself haven't been by car further than Porto de Galinhas, but there may be two people (BrazilBum and Boris) on this thread who, if you contact them through private message, may know the area and road conditions well enough to help. The former has been travelling/living in the area for decades. I can say that the main roads out of Recife in that direction seem in pretty good condition. How_crowded_would_Porto_De_Galinas_be_in_Nov_early_Dec-Porto_de_Galinhas_State_of_Pernambuco.html
Note: If you haven't driven in Brazil before and don't speak fluent Portuguese, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into by driving yourself around. It most emphatically means you aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto, and little about driving in the US/Canada/most of Europe applies.

Re: Visiting Recife and Tamandare

by cassiovieggore

As far as I read PE 060 workers are making in pairs PE060. So,the most reasonable for a stranger who don't speak portuguese is use PE073.
As far as I know yet Porto de Galinhas is better than Tamandare, so you will enjoy better in Porto de Galinhas than in Tamandaré. Near Porto de Galinhas you will find many beachs (Muro Alto, Maracaipe, admiting surf and sea pool sports).
The only charm from Tamandaré are: Praia dos Carneiros (mangrove and fisher village) and Mamocabinha/Boca da Barra beach.
All these notes are from a brazilian who lives is Minas Gerais state, 2000Km far from Recife. Please don't repose confidence in my hints. I myself would not be confident on it... Besides Brazil is at rain season...

Re: Visiting Recife and Tamandare

by bahiana77

Last thought is excellent advice by poster (based on track record). Thanks so much for valuable contributions.

Re: Visiting Recife and Tamandare

by drcpas

Thanks to both of you for your information. I went to the TripAdvisor website and did find BrazilBum and Boris there helping someone with a Porto de Galinhas trip question. BrazilBum felt it could be worth it to shuttle to Tamandare and then rent a car from there but if that wasn't possible then the PE060 route is THE route to take. Its not looking like Tamandare has rental cars so probably the toughest part for us will be finding our way out of Recife on BR101 to the turnoff for PE060...although he thought that the signage for the turnoff is much better now. He also warned of electronic speed controls at the turnoff. So he was, indeed, the right person to talk to. Thanks again,
Gail -- Seattle, Washington

Travel Tips for Recife

get yourself situated in a...

by pjallittle

get yourself situated in a nice hotel on the beach. Most are new, modern and peaceful, not crowded like the beaches in Rio de Janeiro. The principal tourist area is Boa Viagem. Besides the tranquility of the beach and surrounding area, visiting the Old Town area of the city was a real treat.

Recife is a very old city which has a shared history with nearby Olinda, formerly the capital of Brazil. Because it is a natural port, it soon outgrew Olinda, this all dates well back to the first half of the 17'th century.

At one time, the Dutch dominated the area, in fact, the Dutch West India Company set up shop there to control the sugar industry. The very history of the Dutch West India Co., is an important lesson in World history and how it impacted large regions of the entire World economy, not to speak of conflict.

Ultimately the Dutch were literally thrown out of Brazil by the Portuguese, finally surrendering in 1654 to the armed band of Brazilian sugar planters.

The eventual dominance of Recife, historically speaking, came about in 1710 when the merchants of Recife were able to wrest control of the area away from Olinda by force, immigration and politics.

This was supposed to be about fond memories. They are paraphrased from Lonely Planet BRAZIL


by swesn

The Ricardo Brennand Institute is a complex of buildings, including a castle museum, a picture gallery, a library and a huge garden, dedicated to the preservation of art and culture, with special emphasis to the Dutch occupation in Brazil.

The museum contains the most important arms collection in Brazil, showcasing pocketknives, daggers, spears, lances and swords and other weapons of war and hunting from various centuries and countries.

The castle is set amid beautiful gardens with lovely lakes, sculptures and pieces of artwork.

While more likely to attract school trips and locals, stop by here to spend an afternoon if you have some time, it is recommended to get out of the city centre and enjoy the greenery for a change.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 1pm to 5pm

Culture House

by solopes

An old detention house, closed in 1973, was transformed under Brennand's supervision, in a shopping mall. The architecture was preserved, and the cells were occupied by dozens or small shops, selling local crafts. Even where interior walls were removed, to allow a little bigger shops, the look was maintained, only two lifts give a dispensable sign of modernity and comfort, in contrast with the strong grills in the center of the building. Good to see but not to buy, since prices are slightly higher than elsewhere.

Venice of Brazil

by bambino36

The portuguese built Recife as a port city along tropical, white-sand beaches lined with palm trees.
Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco.
The city it's called the "Venice of Brazil" because it's divided with numerous waterways and connected by many bridges.
Recife in portuguese means coral reef which can be found lining the coast and were the origin of the city's name.
Nearby is the city of Olinda, now designated world heritage city, which was founded in 1537 by the Portuguese.


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