Recife, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

Recife, Brazil: Abolition MuseumRecife, Brazil: Performer at Abril Pro RockRecife, Brazil: Crowds during the CarnavalRecife, Brazil: Convento Franciscano de Santo Antônio Recife, Brazil: Crowds at the Festival de São JoãoRecife, Brazil: Ricardo Brennand InstituteRecife, Brazil: São Pedro dos ClérigosRecife, Brazil: City and coastline

Recife, known as Veneza Brasileira or Brazilian Venice, is found in northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic coast. It is the capital of Pernambuco and was originally founded by Dutch colonizers. It has a tropical climate with a dry season from September to March. Just like Rio de Janeiro, it has four zones: Center, South Zone, West Zone and North Zone. 

Getting There

The Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport in Recife has direct flights from major Brazilian cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Salvador and Belo Horizonte. There are also flights from Miami, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Paris, and other European and South American cities. From the airport, travellers can take the subway or bus to the city center. 

There is a long-distance bus terminal in the suburbs with direct trips from other capital cities like Fortaleza, Natal and João Pessoa.

Cruise ships also stop at the port. These come from all over South America and Europe.

Art and Culture

The city has many historical churches built during important periods in its history. The oldest is the baroque Convento Franciscano de Santo Antônio with its Golden Chapel. The São Pedro dos Clérigos in the Center is a replica of the Santa Maria Maggiore Sanctuary in Rome.

There are also many museums in the city. The Abolition Museum in the North Zone chronicles the abolition of slavery in Brazil in the 19th century. The Ricardo Brennand Institute in the West Zone has a good collection of Dutch colonial artifacts. 


 As with most Brazilian cities, the Carnaval is the biggest holiday in Recife with parades and live music all over the city. The Festival de São João celebrated in June features traditional northeastern Brazilian culture and music, while Abril Pro Rock in April celebrates contemporary rock music.