Recife Travel Guide

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Recife Highlights

  • Pro
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     You meet the real brazilian people 

  • Con
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     Robbers at the beach 

  • In a nutshell
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     A good place to start your brazilian journey 

Recife Things to Do

  • Recife Antigo

    A strong effort is being made in Recife's historical area, recuperating its most beautiful buildings. Before leaving Portugal, a friend told me that he didn't like Recife, because it was old, degraded, and dirty. But everything has a negative and a positive side: those old and degraded buildings they kept, are now the base of the good work that is...

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  • Boa Viagem

    We stayed at Boa Viagem, and took there most of our swims. The beach is long but not spectacular. The long reef along the coast protects from surf and sharks, but risks to make the bath very monotonous, specially in low tide, when it becomes almost a pool. People throws everything to the sand, but the local authorities make a good effort to clean...

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  • Beaches

    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...

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  • Olinda

    It is not Recife, but it so close and so connected, that it would be a "crime" if I skip this information. Olinda deserves its own page, and you just need to follow the link.

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  • Pottery Brennand

    Most of the best work of Brennand is exposed in the garden. Clearly obsessed by erotic shapes, there's a touch of Dali in some of the "crazy" compositions. The Taj Mahal is the central volume, and the fountains and walls frame it very well.

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  • Casa da Cultura

    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...

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Recife Hotels

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Recife Restaurants

  • Top Grill

    This was the best "Rodizio" we visited in Recife. The food is excellent, and the service very gentle. The prices are high, as expected, but not exaggerated. Rodizio

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  • Guided Meal

    This restaurant, where we went because it stays at walking distance from the hotel, was a good surprise: good food, the cheappest "Rodizio" we entered, with a funny detail: when sitting, they gave us a card with the description of all the fish and meat qualities they were going to grill, with drawings mapping the zone of the animal from where they...

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  • Barbecue

    Staying close to "Feirinha", in our way from the hotel, it was a good solution for our dinner in our Feirinha's day. A good "Rodizio" with the same device as Boi Preto: a small wheel on the table that you turn to green when you want to be served, and to red when you want them to make a brake or stop. And it works.The food was good, the price as...

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Recife Nightlife

  • "In"

    We thought it had live music, but the promoted artist was... a disk-jockey. Somewhat frustrating, but it allowed to verify that it is a selected place, where, when we left, the ratio women-men should be 3 to 1. Maybe later, they got the draw... Casual

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  • DISCOS

    H.Y.P.E. IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE DISCO IN RECIFE!METROPOLE IS THE BEST GAY BAR/DISCO IN RECIFE!BORRACHARIA BAR IS A VERY NICE DISCO! Normal fashion young clothes, t-shirts, pants and shoes...

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  • Recife Sundaynight Pagode

    If you don't know what to do on sunday night, you should try and find your way to the Pagode called Espaco Aberto. This is relly the best regular party i found in Recife. Beware, it is not a tourist bar and it doesn't provide its safety. On the other hand, I didn't find it to be very dangerous, as there are lots of bouncers and security. Not sure,...

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Recife Transportation

  • "Seu" Roberto

    A friend introduced me to a taxi driver that uses to work for him, and is a trusty person. "Seu" Roberto, more than an excellent professional was a friend, a guide, and a bodyguard. Always charging much less than the table in display at my hotel's lounge, he took us everywhere, suggesting sights, stops, restaurants, patiently waiting all the time...

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  • Recife has one of the nicest airports in...

    Recife has recently had a new airport made and it´s extremely nice.It´s a 3 floor airport with lot´s of good cafes and lot´s of good shopping options.There is also a very helpful tourist information on the ground floor right by the arrival hall.Should you ever have a layover in Recife airport then don´t worry.It´s a nice place to spend a few hours.

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  • Next Stop -- Dakar Senegal

    Leaving Recife and Brasil, we will cross the ocean and the equator on our way to Dakar Senegal. To cross the equator, you must first ask permission of King Neptune. he may demand that you be cleansed or initiated before allowing passage. You will join the "Royal and Ancient order of the Shellbacks" and then may roam the seas freely.

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Recife Shopping

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  • Popular Market

    A popular market of local crafts takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM to 19PM in Boa Viagem square. It's a good solution for those staying in the beach and not wanting to go to town to buy souvenirs, but I didn't check the prices.

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  • Shopping in Jail

    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. Together with "Feirinha", in Boa Viagem Beach, this is one of the best places to buy handicrafts, with the shops side-by-side in an open...

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  • Real Market

    More than 500 shops, with all kind of articles, from food and beverage to witchery will, for sure, have what you need. If you are not buying, a stroll along its corridors and stalls is something you shouldn't miss. Anything you need Not much, if you can be taken as a Brazilian...

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Recife Local Customs

  • Dirty in the Beach

    Brazilians are not very careful about the cleanliness of their beaches, but things may change. Too many people do each day cleaning of the garbage that locals throw to the sand, and they are trying to educate the new generations. In the Sunday I spent there, a passing boat repeated a message to keep the beach clean and hundreds of students covered...

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  • Fishing from the reef

    The open water is dangerous, and no swim is allowed past the reef, in Boa Viagem. In low tide, it's easy to walk on the reef, and some locals use to capture some fish from it. And, by what I saw, sometimes big catch!

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  • En el Centro de la ciudad, se...

    En el Centro de la ciudad, se haya La Casa de la Cultura (ver foto), que alberga todo tipo de artesanos y muestras de diferentes aspectos de la cultura brasileña, pero principalmente alberga tragicas historias de los origenes de este local, que en tiempos de la Colonia, sirvió como recinto carcelario, para un gran población penal

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Recife Warnings and Dangers

  • Shark Attack

    It seems that Recife is the only sector of the coast where shark attacks do really happen. Swimming past the reefs is forbidden and you'd better respect the signals posted in the beach, indicating the dangerous areas. A long strip of the beach stands beside the reef, and there, the bath is absolutely safe. But surf is something to forget in the...

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  • Crime rate

    In Recife the crime rate is very high. It's smart to watch your back in case of a robbery or such. Even though we didn't saw this i know for a fact that this is not rare in Recife, mostly because it is two groups of people here: The poor and the rich. A positive thing which makes you feel safer is the police in Recife. They are everywhere and...

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  • Recife-Sharks

    In Recife sharks is a big problem. When we visited Recife in November we heard from a local bar that 5 people had been attacked and killed by sharks so far that year. It's a problem first when the water comes over the "barriers" of rocks and into the water where the people are. This is happening in the afternoon-evening so it's just to be there...

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Recife Tourist Traps

  • Musical Announcements

    In my hotel, an official brochure announced as special musical events, a night with forró at Jardins Bar. We went there expecting live music, and, advised by Roberto, we went early to get table. We ended eating a good expensive dinner, and when forró time came, the lights faded, young people came holding each one's beer, and forró started. The...

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  • False (?) Advertising

    Recife Palace hotel announced all the rooms with sight to the beach. Well, maybe that's true. But a squeezed sight between two high buildings is... not exactly a lie... maybe... not serious. They would better abandon that reference.

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  • Hard to understand

    In the excellent museum of Brennand Institute, it was the love to Netherlands that led to display a piece clearly out of the context, or was it an attempt to integrate in the museum the (also out of context) temporary display, next door - the wax french dolls representing Fouquet's trial? And why could we photograph everything except the weapons...

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Recife What to Pack

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    Center of Recife

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage And Bags

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes to hot places... (not summer clothes for cold countries), but shorts, t-shirts, tennis...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Protector, condom

    Photo Equipment: Digital Camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun Protector

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Recife Off The Beaten Path

  • Brennand's Glass Factory

    My professional world is... glass. And, being in Brennand's property, I noticed a typical glass factory, that, obviously, I would like to visit, but it's closed to public, and I had no time to prepare a professional request for the visit. But I was sorry, because glass is a much more spectacular product than ceramics. And they know it, for sure!

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  • Sidetrip to Olinda

    You should make the effort to get to Olinda, it's a pretty laid back spot just 6km from Recife. It's full of galleries, museums and churches and perfect if you've had enough of Recife's gritty side. You can take a Pau Amarelo or Rio Doce bus from outside the Recife metro station.

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  • Ilha do amor.

    A little bit south of Recife there is a small island called Ilha do amor.It's an uninhabited island with a coconut plantation and a couple of empty beaches.It's a nice place to go if you like to have a beach for yourself.You are unlikely to meet other people than a couple of guys looking after the coconut plantation.The only transport to the island...

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  • North Eastern Brazil

    Recife pronounced He-seefay is on the Atlantic coast, south of Olinda and North of Salvador. This could well be your first stop if coming by boat to South America. The climate is quite muggy and I found it quite a chaotic introduction to Brazil. It has plenty of character though.

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  • High ways

    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...

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  • The positive things about Recife

    I found Recife as a very interesting city, and it is a city i will return to one day. It was fun staying at the beach, playing football with the kids who lived on the streets, and eating at the many good restaurants. At night, it was a special sight to see how many people who were either walking or jogging near the beach with street lights making...

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Art everywhere
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The best burger place in Recife.
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The Beach
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Football matches-hustle
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