Recife, one of the largest cities in northern Brazil, offers explorers a diverse array of neighborhoods to discover. From palm-fringed beaches like Boa Viagem to the colorful streets, markets, and colonial architecture of Old Town, this destination makes for the ultimate traveler’s playground.
The capital of northern Brazil’s Pernambuco has gained a reputation for its geographic features and architecture. With plenty of rivers, bridges, peninsulas, and islets to explore, you will never have a boring moment roaming its streets. Some of the tallest buildings in the country line the horizon as you approach Recife’s shores, giving it the look and feel of a modern, cosmopolitan city.
But Recife’s past holds its own allure as you soon find with a jaunt down to historic Old Town. Colorful streets and architecture amid the local Mercado do Sao Jose bring the city’s vibrancy to life. The structures of Praca da Republica, Catedral de Sao Pedro dos Clerigos, and Teatro Santa Isabel call out with their stories if you are willing to listen.
Brazilian cuisine lures you in with a dynamic fusion of Dutch, Spanish, Moor, African, and Indian cultures. Rich flavors like roasted goat and queijo coalho, a fried cheese dish often served as an appetizer with garlic, tantalize the taste buds as you feast. Make sure to sample Recife’s signature dessert, cartola. The sweet and salty combination of caramelized bananas with a layer of mild cheese is to die for.