Recife Travel Guide

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Recife Things to Do

  • Recife Antigo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The real town pulses around this market, more than one century old, in old Recife. All the nearby streets are filled with popular shops, and this is the area to meet the real Brazilian life. No need to alert that this is one of the areas where the usual precautions make more sense, as someone had the gentleness to alert me, seeing my cheap...

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  • Olinda

    It is not Recife, but it so close and so connected, that everybody visits it from Recife and 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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  • 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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  • Boa Viagem

    4 out of 5 stars

    We stayed at Boa Viagem, and we 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...

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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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  • Carnaval

    If you are in Recife on Carnival it worths to go to the carnival on the "Recife Antigo". This spot gathers all the IT companies of the city. During the Carnival the island become a place where you can enjoy all kind of music .. not only Samba, actually Samba is one of the things you might not hear. But you will have chance to hear "Frevo" and...

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Recife Hotels

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  • Recife Palace Hotel

    My first sensation was... some disappointment: It is a business hotel near the beach, and not a...

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  • Summerville Beach Resort

    PE-09, Praia de Muro Alto s/n, Recife, Pernambuco, 55590-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Atlante Plaza Hotel

    Avenida Boa Viagem, 5426, Boa Viagem, Recife, State of Pernambuco, 51030-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Recife Restaurants

  • Good diner by mistake

    It announces sushi and italian food, but I always prefer local food. Despite going there by mistake, searching for live "forró", I had a good dinner, but... the most expensive in the whole week. Tournedó with mushrooms

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  • Eating in the Beach

    If you are at the beach and want to stay, there's no reason to leave it to eat. Everywhere you see people cooking in the beach, preparing some dishes they will bring straight to your chair, in a small table. If you don't want a formal meal, then the choice grows, because there is a "swarm" of sellers of... everything, from soup to desert, passing...

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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 day in Feirinha. 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 us 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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  • The Anti-Mall

    A shopping mall is a concentrated series of shops, waiting for the customers to pass by. "Boa Viagem" beach is just the opposite : a series of moving shops, passing by the customers. One day, I decided to note everything they were selling. I quickly gave up, and decided to note what they were NOT selling in the beach. There's the exhaustive...

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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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  • 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...

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Recife Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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.n 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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  • 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

  • Brazilian Venice

    Any city with much water is immediately called "Venice". Without searching, I know Portuguese Venice (Aveiro), American Venice, (Los Angeles), Spanish Venice (Mogan) and now Recife. No comparison! Recife has several rivers and islands, lots of bridges, but... that's all. Two positive points: not many flies nor mosquitoes and the smell was better...

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  • Degraded Buildings

    A strong effort is being made in the historical area of Recife, 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. He is right! So, if you can't do as I usually do (to concentrate mainly in the good things and forget the ugly ones) then you are...

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  • Sudden Dusk

    One of my favorite pleasures in the beach is the afternoon swim, when the sun went down, people is leaving the beach, the water is warm, and calm takes control of the beach. In Recife I seldom had that pleasure: the beach is abandoned at 5, and at 6 it is dark night. Be careful: A walk in the beach in the mild afternoon, may mean a return in the...

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Recife What to Pack

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    Hard Sun

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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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Recife General

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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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