Recife, capital of Pernambuco State, is known as the "Brazilian Venice" due to its many canals, waterways and innumerable bridges that resemble the famous Venice of Italy. The city has an excellente culinary scene serving delicious international cuisine as well as succulent fish dishes typical of the region. Fresh coconut water is found on almost every corner. Close to the capital is Piedade Beach and travelling further away lie the unspoiled beaches of Tamandare, Sao Jose da Coroa Grande, Maria Farinha and Porto de Galinhas. The sun shines brighter in Recife than anywhere else in Brazil and its beaches are undoubtedly among the loveliest in the Northeast.
The capital city of the State of Pernambuco, Recife, is amongst the largest cities in Brazil with a population of over 1,500,000. The city’s Boa Viagem beach is one of the most famous urban sandy beaches with warm green waters. The city is well equipped to meet tourist demands with a large number of hotels, restaurants, and other related services. The entire coastline is dotted with beaches. The city is located at the confluence of the Beberibe River and the Capibaribe River, which flow into the Atlantic Ocean. The topography of the city with its rivers, islands, and bridges give one the feeling of being in Venice. Recife, Portuguese for reef, gets its name from the coral reefs that are all along the city’s shores.
The city is the most important commercial center in the Northern region of Brazil. Modern medical facilities enable the city to receive patients from other neighboring states. From a tourist viewpoint, Recife is a great place to experience a mixture of cultures of native Indian, black slaves, Dutch, and Portuguese that settled in the region. The city is also a good starting point to visit other beach cities such as Joao Pessoa, Natal, and Fortaleza. The 18th century baroque churches and public buildings of the 19th century are some of the architectural wonders in the city.
The Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport caters to a large number of domestic and international flights, and is situated close to the city. International flights operate to Buenos Aires, Milan, Lisbon, Miami, Paris, and others. Chartered flights come in from major European cities.
Recife is a twelve-hour drive from Fortaleza or Salvador. Highway BR-101 connects the city with the beaches along the state’s coast as well as Rio de Janeiro and other cities. Buses ply between major cities and Recife from the main bus terminal, Terminal Integrado de Passageiros (TIP).
Cruise ships anchor at Recife’s port with many of them arriving from South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Main Tourist Attractions
Portuguese is the main language, although many locals do speak English.•
The local time is -2 hrs GMT.•
The American Embassy in Recife is located at Rua Goncalves Maia 163.•
The Recife police can be contacted on 61-3273-0101/0335 in case of an emergency.•
Hospital Ana Neri at Avenida Joao de Barros, 651-Soledade in Recife, Brazil is one among many hospitals and clinics in the city.•
It is advisable to be cautious when swimming in the ocean waters. Feeding the fish is a favorite pastime of many tourists. However, you must leave the area immediately if you spot a shark.
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