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Recife

4.3
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Walking Areas
Brazilian Venice
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach. Nowadays, the buzzing coastal city hums with energy day and night, as locals and visitors enjoy the sun, sand, and clear waters, then gear up to party the evening away. This festive atmosphere reaches fever pitch every February, when the city's renowned Carnaval rolls in. With a well-preserved colonial old town in the midst of towering skyscrapers and crowded streets, there's something for everyone to enjoy on a Recife holiday. Use our Brazil trip itinerary app to arrange your visit to Recife and any other destinations in Brazil that take your fancy.
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Popular things to do in Recife

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Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Specialty Museum
Ricardo Brennand Institute
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Specialty Museum
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Boa Viagem Beach ©
Beach
Boa Viagem Beach
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Recife Antigo ©
Historic Walking Area
Recife Antigo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Recife

Hidden gems in Recife

Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ©
Religious Site
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Capela Dourada ©
Church
Capela Dourada
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Museu Cais do Sertao ©
Specialty Museum
Museu Cais do Sertao
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Pernambuco House of Culture
Architectural Building
Pernambuco House of Culture
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Recife

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Museu da Cidade do Recife - Forte das Cinco Pontas ©
History Museum
Museu da Cidade do Recife - Forte das Cinco Pontas
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Paco do Frevo ©
Specialty Museum
Paco do Frevo
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
O Galo da Madrugada
Specialty Museum
O Galo da Madrugada
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Palacio Joaquim Nabuco Museum
History Museum
Palacio Joaquim Nabuco Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Recife

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RioMar Recife Mall ©
Shopping Mall
RioMar Recife Mall
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Shopping Recife ©
Shopping Mall
Shopping Recife
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Campo da Serra ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Campo da Serra
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Centro de Artesanato de Pernambuco Unidade Recife ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Centro de Artesanato de Pernambuco Unidade Recife
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Recife

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Madre Deus Church ©
Church
Madre Deus Church
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem ©
Church
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Memorial Frei Damiao de Bozano
Mission
Memorial Frei Damiao de Bozano
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

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