Capital of Pernambuco is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Brazil and is host to one of the main ports in the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the Northeast’s most exciting cities, has a vibrant cultural, entertainment and restaurant scene, an intriguing historic center (Old Recife), an impressive coastal setting and the fabulous Carnival. It’s a sprawling, urban place of glassy high-rises, crowded commercial areas, traffic thundering and suburbs extensive; if you like your gutsy cities, gritty and proud, Recife is for you. It takes its name from the offshore reefs (reefs) in calm the waters of its ports and shoreline.
The charming and far more tranquil historic town of Olinda lies on Recife’s northern edge, just 6km from the city center, and many visitors opt to stay in Olinda and Recife visit during the day, or into Recife venture for its animated nightlife.