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Diversity in Nature, Culture and Cuisine

Located in the northeastern part of Brazil, the state has beaches that are oftentimes voted the best in the country. Beyond this though, it also holds a rich history and culture which is felt present throughout the region. Experience paradise-like landscapes with sublime beaches, deep turquoise water, mind blowing northeastern cuisine, excellent nightlife, preserved Brazilian folklore and handicrafts. This is Pernambuco.

Contact us for more information on traveling to Pernambuco. We have excellent services and accommodations throughout the state. Get an idea of places to visit and things do to, below!

Recife

Some of Pernambuco's main attractions are in the state capital of Recife. Located at the meeting point of Beberibe and Capibaribe River, this beautiful and exciting city holds impressive scenery, intriguing food, fascinating historical roots, colonial buildings, entertainment and a never ending shoreline. Recife's calm waters and pearly white sand beaches share its space with proud skyscrapers, busy commercial areas and a vibrant metropolitan city centre. The city has the fourth largest metropolitan population in Brazil and and is the largest in the northeastern region of Brazil in terms of industrial and commercial trading.

Recife’s complex infrastructure, first-class restaurants, its economic, political and scientific importance, dynamic nightlife and fantastic culture makes the city a fluid mix of new and old.

Visit one of the many beaches, indulge in shopping, and visit Brazil’s second largest shopping centre “Shopping Recife.” Watch a football game at the city's newest arena, take a stroll throughout the old city, visit “Instituto Ricardo Brennand,” take a walking tour and explore the historical parts and attractions of the city, such as “Praça da República,” “Teatro Santa Isabel,” “Catedral de São Pedro dos Clerigos,” “Basilica de NS da Penha,” and stroll through the Mercado São José with its local handicraft. Whew! So much to do in Recife!

Olinda

Located just 6 km north of Recife, the charming and quaint town of Olinda serves as the region’s historical pearl. The city is the second oldest city in Brazil, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1982) for being one of the best-preserved colonial towns in the country.

The town is a refreshing counterpart to the metropolis of Recife, with it's colourful colonial buildings, artsy atmosphere, relaxed environment museums and galleries.

Go for a walk through the tranquil and exquisite town, and enjoy observing the colourful houses, churches and elegant streets. Both Recife and Olinda offer some of the most traditional and famous Carnival celebrations in Brazil.

The carnival is a 24-hour extravaganza on the streets of Olinda. It differs a lot from the ones of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with its distinct style and huge "dolls," the Bonecos de Olinda, only found there. The influences for Carnival comes from African and Indians tribes and have been preserved through modern time.

Olinda is truly unique with its wonderful restaurants, bars, handmade crafts, art studios, kilometres of beaches, and charmingly vibrant ex-colonial setting.

Porto de Galinhas

In the municipality of Ipojuca, 60 km south of Recife lies the beach Porto de Galinhas. The beach with its bright-water beaches and natural pools has been voted “Best Brazilian Beach” by “Voyage & Tourism Magazine” for the eighth time in a row!

The former fisherman’s village has become one of the most popular and coveted vacation spots for Brazilian travelers and if referred to as “THE beach” by experienced travellers.

Because of its location, near the Equatorial line, Porto de Galinhas offer its visitors with warm sea, sunny weather, pleasant breeze and is close enough to the lively Recife for day trips in either direction.

Fernando de Noronha

One of the most exclusive destinations in Brazil, Fernando de Noronha is a tropical archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, and is located in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, about 350 km off the mainland. The surrounding water is very clear (visibility even at 50 m) so it’s easy to spot any of the island's many “global” species like Manta Reyes, Dolphins, Sharks, Goliath Groupers and Sea Turtles.

The Fernando de Noronha Islands possess some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with a unique ecology. Because of the attractiveness and rich animal life, tourism has been developed in a sustainable manner. A preservation tax needs to be paid when visiting - the "Environmental Preservation Tax." The tax increases progressively with the length of the visit and exists to protect the unique ecosystem and nature.

Being a national park with limited water resources and a fragile ecosystem, only 460 visitors are allowed on the archipelago at any one time, which only adds to the exclusive feel that the island holds.

Cuisine

Being the foodies we are at Brazil Vibes, we couldn't forget to tell you about the cuisine in Pernambuco! Pernambucanos, those born in the sate, have strong cultural identity, and although the cuisine is like most other northeastern cities, a magical blending of Indigenous, African and European foods, they have been able to innovate on top of this. The recipes have been inherited from mother to daughter since the colonial times, and modified along the way, to create delicious fish stews, rice and bean mixtures and the state's famous bolo de rolo, a guava cake dessert.

One of Pernambuco’s signature desserts is also the Cartola,”Top Hat Banana,” fried bananas topped with a mixture of cinnamon-sugar and cheese. Other popular dishes are “Tapioca,” a type of tortilla made of a fine cassava flour. The most traditional Tapiocas in the country are found in Olinda, at Alto da Sé, which is the one being prepared in the image. “Pamonha,” a wrapped “dumpling” made of boiled corn husk and a paste from milk and sweet corn is also common in Pernambuco. And of course, there's “Queijo coalho," which is a Delicious Brazilian cheese, usually served warm with a type of honey, called "melado."

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