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While holidaying in Brazil, an excursion to Recife should definitely be on the cards. It is the capital and the largest city of the state of Pernambuco. Visitors to Recife will discover a rich cultural heritage and a trip to Recife’s Old Town is a joy for everyone who visits this picturesque city. It is a fascinating Recife attraction and it is home to the oldest synagogue in the Americas. Definitely have the camera on the ready.
Colloquially known as the Brazilian Venice due to its many rivers, islands and the fifty bridges, Recife is a treat for all visitors with so many historical sights and attractions waiting to be discovered. A trip to Boa Viagem Beach is a must. This is one of the world’s best urban beaches. It is noted for its pristine white sands and it is a big favourite with tourists to this charming city.
After your trip to Boa Viagem beach make your way to the Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony (Convento Franciscano de Santo Antonio). This Franciscan Convent is one of Recife’s biggest attractions and it is a major draw with visitors to this Brazilian city. Built in 1588, it is one of Brazil’s most beautiful baroque churches. The altar is covered with gold engravings, and the chapels ceiling is lined with stunning paintings as well as exquisite Portuguese-style tiled panels. It is on of this city’s major sights.
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Recife and Museums go hand in hand. You will find a staggering amount of must-see museums. The Abolition Museum is a very impressive museum to visit while holidaying in Recife. It chronicles the slavery period and the abolitionist movement in Brazil during the 19th Century. You will also have to visit the Casa Museu Gilberto Freyre. It is the home where Brazil’s greatest ever sociologist - Gilberto Freyre lived.
Don’t forget to visit the Recife City Museum. Located inside the 17th Century Cinco Pontas Fortress, it is a real treat for visitors of all ages where amazing artefacts will be discovered.
To end a fabulous day in Recife why don’t you visit the Parque Dois Irmaos. Enjoy a trip to Recife’s zoo and Botanical Garden Park where you will be able to explore the Atlantic Forest, Botanical Gardens and the zoo. The zoo has over 800 types of animals. It is a great day out for the entire family.
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