Recife is a Portuguese word meaning ‘listen’. The city of Recife takes up the fifth spot as Brazil’s largest metropolitan area and also the capital of the state of Pernambuco and its largest city.

Recife’s location is strategically placed at the point where rivers Capibaribe and the Beberibe converge before flowing into Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean harbors Recife’s main port. The city was named after the reef stones at the shores of the city’s coastal line.

Apart from Recife, only Natal has direct flights to the Fernando de Noronha Islands, a World Heritage Site.

Recife has a tropical climate. It is positioned amidst tropical forests characterized by high rainfall and the weather is typically warm because of its close distance to the equator. Although it is relative humid the entire year, trade winds relieve the temperature causing the city to be mostly breezy and extreme temperatures are unheard of. Many rivers, lakes, beaches, dams, islands, waterways, and bridges crisscross the city, including, Jiquiá, Jordão, Pina, and Beberibe rivers among others. There’s also Lakes Araçá and beaches like Brasília Teimosa, Pina, and Viagem.

Attractions

Recife has many holidays and festivities spread throughout the year. Orife’s and Olinda’s carnival start in December with countless parades and balls, followed by the New Year celebrations in Old Recife and at the Viagem Beach.
There are various rhythms from the many cultures, and Carnival is one of them. This giant street party formally begins with a party in Recife Downtown and is popularly known as the Galo da Madrugada. As can be expected, it attracts many Brazilians and people from the rest of the world.

If you’re visiting, don’t worry about accommodation even if you’re visiting during Carnival The city has plenty of hotels ranging from 3 to 5-Star facilities with more than enough bed capacity. Other than dancing your sorrows away at the Carnival, there are plenty of other things for you to do in Recife, and these include:

  • Old Recife, also known as Recife Antigo buildings;
  • Historical monuments, public markets, and Churches some of which were constructed by the colonial rulers;
  • Beautiful beaches like Boa Viagem;
  • Francisco Brennand’s atelier of ceramic art;
  • Historic town centers like Olinda which was declared by UNESCO to be a world heritage site;
  • Ricardo Brennand Institute (Cultural) which has museum, library, and many interesting things;cultural institute with museum, pinacotec and library;
  • Theatres, historic cinemas, and art galleries.
  • Shop at Casa da Cultura where you will buy yourself souvenirs at the historic prison building turned shopping center. Your other shopping needs will be met at Tacaruna Shopping Center, Plaza Shopping Casa Forte, and Shopping Center Recife.

If after sightseeing you need to get a good meal, here are lots of brilliant restaurants serving traditional Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. Leite in downtown Recife seems to be a particular favorite among visitors and locals alike. Beware though, finding parking can be a nightmare, but if previous reviews are to be believed, it’s all worth the hassle..