April 2, 2023

Culture, beaches, and spirited soccer in Recife

If you’re visiting Brazil during Carnival, Recife puts on a celebration that rivals those in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.
Thanks to its long stretches of beautiful beach and the waterways that cross the city, Recife is nicknamed the “Venice of Brazil.”

Now, the city is gearing up to host the 2014 World Cup in its brand-new Pernambuco Arena, and attracting attention as a top vacation destination in Brazil. Not only are visitors treated Recife’s year-round beach weather, but they might even spot some soccer stars as they prepare for the event.

Things to Do in Recife
One of the best ways to see the city is by taking a boat trip on the Capibaribe River. Along the way, visitors will enjoy views of the city’s architecture, as well as catch the traditional music that seems to always resonate around the city. A walk through the historical city center offers visitors a glimpse of impressive 17th- and 18th-century baroque churches, old mansions, and the beautiful white sand beach of Boa Viagem.

For shopping, be sure to stop in at the Casa de Cultura shopping mall – once an old prison – and to browse the exquisitely-crafted tiles at the Brennand Ceramics Workshops.

Soccer fans who want to get into the World Cup spirit can catch a Santa Cruz or Nautico match in a local stadium. Visitors are sure to be caught up in the fervor of the Brazilian football spirit, presenting a real taste of local life.

Cultural Highlights of Recife
The UNESCO designated colonial town of Olinda makes a great place to escape the bustle of central Recife. Stroll the cobblestone streets strewn with white churches, pastel buildings and lazy squares to immerse yourself in the bohemian atmosphere.

Recife is also home to a number of interesting museums – the Museu do Homem do Nordeste is particularly noteworthy, enveloping visitors in the history and culture of the Brazilian Northeast.

Eating Out
Combine delicious Brazilian dining with beautiful harbor views at Bistro & Boteco, or enjoy an array of creative shrimp dishes at Camarada. Stylish, contemporary cuisine is on order at Mingus, where the varied menu offers everything from wild boar to stuffed quail.

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