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Pernambuco travel guide

Pernambuco is a true tropical paradise located in northeastern Brazil offering great variety with fascinating history, a rich cultural heritage and plenty of thrilling musical rhythms. The stunning coastline of Pernambuco with its 187 km boasts beautiful white sand beaches and enchanting coastal towns. State capital Recife is one of the biggest cities in the country with approx. 1,5 million inhabitants. Neighboring city Olinda is a UNESCO cultural heritage site and is one of the most famous historical cities in Brazil. Other true pearls include famous beach town Porto de Galinhas and the spectacular archipelago Fernando de Noronha.

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Pernambuco tourism information

Recife is one of the country’s biggest cities with approx.1,5 million inhabitants. The town is sometimes referred to as “the Brazilian Venice” due to the multitude of bridges that cross the many canals in the town. The state capital offers a modern infrastructure with plenty of good hotels, restaurants, entertainment options and cultural attractions. The carnival in Recife is very famous and each year attracts a high number of tourists who come here to enjoy the great party. Please see the Recife travel guide for more information.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Olinda is a beautiful and small town offering well-preserved baroque churches and historical buildings. The town’s charming and narrow streets, lined with colorful houses, are full of activity in the many small shops and galleries found in the center. Each year, Olinda holds one of the most famous carnivals in Brazil where the rhythms of frevo and maracatu fill the streets for almost 2 weeks.

Porto de Galinhas is one of the most famous beach destinations in Brazil. Blessed with stunning beaches and beautiful offshore reefs, Porto de Galinhas is especially famous for its natural pools that form here. The town offers a great tourism infrastructure with luxury beach resorts, smaller pousadas, delicious restaurants and bars as well as a charming nightlife. The Maracaípe beach offers some of the best surfing in Pernambuco while the famous Muro Alto beach is the privileged location of many luxury resorts in Porto de Galinhas.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean 545 km north of Recife, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha with its 21 islands is a truly stunning tropical heaven. The area is an ecological sanctuary for dolphins, turtles and many other species of marine animals. There are in total 26 absolutely mind-blowing beaches to discover and due to having absolutely clear waters with great visibility, Fernando de Noronha is also a divers paradise. The maximum amount of daily visitors is limited as the island group is considered a marine national park and is included on the Unesco World Heritage list. Fernando de Noronha is not a low budget destination, but for anyone who wants to experience the very best of eco tourism in an unbeatable paradisiacal setting, the archipelago is as good as it gets.

In addition to the beaches mentioned previously, Pernambuco offers many other stunning beaches such as Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandaré, Coroa do aviāo, Boa Viagem, Gaibu and Cabo de Santo Agostino.

How to get here

The international airport in Recife, Guararapes International Airport, is only a few kilometers from the city and receives several domestic flights as well as an increasing number of flights from abroad. There is also an airport in Fernando de Noronha. You can learn more about traveling in Pernambuco by asking questions in the forum.

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