Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, is distinguished by its many rivers, bridges, islets and peninsulas. Recife Antigo, on its own island by the harbor, is the historic old town center dating to the 16th century. To its south, popular Boa Viagem Beach is sheltered by reefs and lined by tall apartment blocks, modern hotels and restaurants.
The first slave port in the Americas, Recife was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, known for its large scale production of sugar cane. It was the former capital Mauritsstad of the 17th century colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, established by the Dutch West India Company.
Recife and Olinda City Tour
Boa Viagem Beach
We will start with a panoramic walk in Recife along the coast of Boa Viagem, one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil.
Catamaran water tour
Then, we will stop at Espaço Catamaran, where you can take a beautiful catamaran ride through our Brazilian Venice. During the water tour, visitors will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the city of waters, starting with the Pina basin, passing off the Wall of Porto, mouth of the Capibaribe River, Port Basin, Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park, ending at the point zero of our city, Praça do Marco Zero.
Rua do Bom Jesus
From Marco Zero, we will continue walking on Rua do Bom Jesus (formerly Rua dos Judeus), where the Synagogue Kahal Zur Israel and the Embassy of the Giant Dolls of Olinda are located, in addition to the Open Air Museum.
Then, a panoramic tour of Recife, including the three islands (Recife, Santo Antônio and Boa Vista), the Maurício de Nassau Bridge and the Praça da República (where the Government Palace, the Santa Isabel Theater and the Palácio da Justice).
In Olinda, on a walking tour, we will visit the Alto da Sé, with the Sé and Misericórdia Churches, from where the most beautiful view of the cities of Recife and Olinda, which is considered a Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, is revealed.
Porto de Galinhas
Porto de Galinhas
With crystalline waters, sparkling blue, where you can see small colorful fish and many other marine species, and immense coconut palms, Porto de Galinhas Beach gives the ideal concept of life and stunning natural beauty, where you can enjoy the most desired tranquility, inherent in the authentic fishermen’s colonies. In the 19th century, it was a port for the illegal landing of slaves and today it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Optional raft trips through natural pools (subject to low tide) and buggy trips to the beaches of Pontal de Maracaípe and Muro Alto.