Recife Travel Guide



Recife is one of the most passionate cities in Brazil when it comes to soccer, so it should be a perfect host city for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. This beachfront locale is often dubbed "the capital of the northeast" due to its economic prowess and expansive metropolitan area. However, since Recife means "reef" in Portuguese, you can bet that are impressive seaside activities and other travel nodes to embark on here for visitors as well.

Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco today, but it was once a stronghold for the Dutch West India Company during the 17th century, and the European influence can still be noted in the city to this day, lending to its nickname "the Venice of Brazil."

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Boa Viagem: It's always summer in Recife due to the warm temperatures year-round, so chances are you will want to check out the beaches, and Boa Viagem is your seaside destination. Not only does this district have the best beaches, there are also several fine-dining restaurants and hip nightclubs to relax in. One of the signature aspects of the beaches in Recife are the reefs, unsurprisingly. During low-tide, natural swimming pools on the shore form, which could make for some beautiful and unique photos.

Olinda: Much of Recife is a mix between industrial and colonial, but the historic hub of Olinda that lies just 7 kilometres north of the city centre is an exception. In fact, according to The Lonely Planet, many visitors opt to stay in this laid-back and charming neighbourhood by night and travel into the city by day.

Recife Antigo: This is an older oceanside district that was rehabilitated in the 1990s and is now one of the three islands that make up the centre of Recife. Colourful buildings and narrow streets show the Dutch influence of the city here, and the bustling shopping centre allows for some excellent day trips when you aren't watching a match.

San Antonio and Sao Jose: These neighbourhoods are dotted with beautiful Baroque churches and boutique-lined corridors that have been fully restored, giving you a special glimpse into the rich history of the town.

The Arena Pernambuco - a glittering new stadium built specifically for the beautiful game - in Recife is set to host five World Cup matches in 2014, so there is no doubt that there will be plenty of activity and fans buzzing through this Old World hub.

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