The average temperature of Recife is from 23o to 28o
Centigrade. The temperature is stable most of the year.
Although Recife is as hot as Rio in the summer, it enjoys
a tropical breeze and less humidity, which makes it
a lot more agreeable during the months of January and
Lightweight casual clothing is appropriate all year
Both national and international flights operate out
of Guarapes airport, which is 12 km from the city centre.
Recife has a wide network of hotels catering for both
tourists and business travellers on every kind of budget.
Normal business hours are from 9am to 6pm. Some shops
stay open later. Banks open from 10am to 4pm.
Taxis are plentiful around the city. Fares double on
Contact the hotel reception for the nearest clinic or
hospital if needed.
to get there
international airport, Guararapes, is situated very
close to the hotel district. You can get to your hotel
in as little as 5 minutes.
trained guides will receive clients on the other side
of customs with a name board and, on the way to the
hotel, they will give all the necessary information
about arrangements for the client´s stay in Recife.
those who opt not to make use of this important service,
other transport is available:
are air-conditioned buses to the hotel district and
centre. However, we don´t really recommend them
as a taxi will cost not much more and ensures a much
smoother transfer. A regular taxi to the hotel district
costs about 5 US$ and a special airport taxi with air-
conditioning costs about twice as much.
is Brazil's fifth largest city, though it still preserves
its tranquility and relaxed life style.
From its past, Recife still has a notable array of colonial
buildings, an inheritance left by the Portuguese and
is called The "Venice of Brazil" thanks to
its canals and waterways which criss-cross the city
and the innumerable bridges over them.
is also a land of glorious beaches such as Boa Viagem,
Pina and Porto das Galinhas.
4 miles from Recife, with centuries-old churches and
mansions, is one of Brazil's loveliest colonial vestiges.
It was designated by UNESCO as a Historical, Natural
and Cultural Patrimony of Mankind.
also has an outstanding and vibrant folk culture, where
such dances as "frevo", "maracatu"
and "xaxado" are very popular, and Olinda
is the site of one of Brazil's largest annual street
Carnival has unique characteristics: The local beats
of "frevo" and "maracatu" rhythms
predominate, "frevo" groups sway to the music
with ardent passion, huge "papier-mache" figures
caricature folk heroes and well-known politicians, richly
hand-crafted banners flutter in the air.
Pernambuco's origins date back to the period of the
so-called "capitanias hereditarias", donated
by Portugal's King to Duarte Coelho, who arrived in
Pernambuco, then know as Nova Luzitania, in 1535, having
settled in Olinda. The villages of Igarassu and Olinda,
the first state capital, were founded in 1537. Pernambuco's
development, which began with sugarcane and cotton plantations,
attracted a large number of Europeans to the region.
Between 1630 and 1654 the region was taken by the Dutch,
who set Olinda on fire and elected Recife as the capital
of their Brazilian domain. Throughout this period, Count
Mauricio de Nassau ruled the Dutch Brazil. His administration
was underscored by economic, social and cultural changes.
The strong resistance on the part of Portuguese, Brazilian-Portuguese,
African and Indian people(already Christianized),ended
up by having the Dutch expelled from the region.
Pernambuco's historical background is pervaded by conflicts
and rebellions of different natures. In 1710, the region
witnessed the "Guerra dos Mascates" (the Peddlers'
War), which turned Portuguese tradesmen settled in Recife
against the mill owners of Olinda, who had great influence
over the "capitanias", considering that Olinda
was then the seat of the local public power. As of this
event, the region went through a period of decadence,
which lasted near a century.
1811 several secessionism-oriented rebellions broke
out in the region. In 1817, discontent with Portuguese
ruling led to the so-called "Revolucao Pernambucana"
(Pernambuco's Rebellion), which resulted in the establishment
of the Equator Confederation, a secessionist movement
of republican inspiration. Twenty years later, the "Rebeliao
Praieira" (Beach Rebellion) breaks out, bringing
back republican ideas. The movement was smothered four
years later, in 1848.
- Av. Boa Viagem, 670 (Pina), tel. 465-1847; cc: all,
R. dos Navegantes, 1213 (BoaViagem), tel. 326-8865;
cc: all,12h/15h, 19h/23h.
- Av. Eng., Domingos Ferreira, 4215 (Boa Viagem), tel.
465-3999; cc: all,11h/Oh3O. Rodizio.
(Recife Monte Hotel) - R. Petrolina/R. dos Navegantes,
363 (BoaViagem), tel. 465-1160; cc: all, 12h/24h.
- Av. Agamenon Magalhaes, 2132 (Derby), tel. 423-4122;
cc: all, 11h3O/1h. Rodizio.
- Av. Boa Viagem, 1400 (Boa Viagem), tel. 465-7588;
cc: Ae, D, Mc, 12h/24h.
(hotel) - Av. Cons. Aguiar, 3500 (Boa Viagem), tel.
465-6499; cc: all, 19h3O/24h. Closed Sun.
R. Sto. Elias, 350 (Espinheiro), tel. 241-1470, 19h/24h.
- Av. Eng. Domingos Ferreira, 2655 (Boa Viagem), tel.
325-4268; cc: all, 12h/ 16h, 19h/1h. Closed Mon.
- Av. Bernardo Vieira de Melo, 1204 (Piedade) (mun.
de Jaboatao dos Guararapes), tel. 468-4456; cc: all,
- R. Visc. de Jequitinhonha, 1352 (Setubal), tel. 341-4266;
cc: Ae, D, Mc, 12h/15h, 19h/24h.
- R. Xavier Marques, 134 (Aflitos), tel. 241-9589, 11h3O/l4h3O,
18h/23h. Closed sun.
- R. Manoel de Brito, 44 (Pina), tel. 326-8728, 18h3O/24h.
- (Mar Hotel) - R. Br. Souza Ledo, 45 1, 15, (Boa Viagem),
tel. 462-4444; cc: all, 19h/1h. Closed mon.
da Barra (Praia)
- Av. Bernardo Vieira de Melo, 9150 (Candeias) (Barra
de jangada) (Mun. de Jaboatao dos Guararapes), tel.
468-2624; cc: D, Mc, V, 12h/24h.
do Sol -
Av. Bernardo Vieira de Melo, 8036 (Candeias) (mun. de
Jaboatao dos Guararapes), tel. 468-2111; cc: Ae, D,
Mc, 12h/16h, 19h/24h.
- Av. Herculano Bandeira de Brito, 11 5 (Pina), tel.
465-1379; cc: all, 11h/1h.
- R. D. Jose Lopes, 165 (Boa Viagem), tel. 326-6309;
cc: Ae, at, 18h3O/24h; sun 11h3O/l6h and 18h/24h. Closed
mon. Traditional Portuguese cuisine.
Recanto Lusitano - R. Cel.
Antonio Vicente, 284 (Boa Viagem), tel. 462-2161, 12h/15h,
18h/24h; sun 11h/16h. Closed Mon. Traditional Portuguese
- R. 48, 478 (Espinheiro), tel. 222-1860; cc: V, M,
da Mira - Av. Dr. Enrico
Chaves, 916 (antigo Beco do Quiabo)(Casa Amarela), tel.
268-6241, 11h/16h, 19h/24h; sat/sun 11h/18h.
Buraco de Otilia
- R. da Aurora, 1231 (Sto.Amaro), tel. 231-1528; cc:
D, Mc,V, 11h/15h.
- Av. Maria Irene, 311 (Aeroporto), tel. 341-0644; cc:
- R. Jose Trajano, 82 / Av. Eng. Domingos Ferreira (Boa
Viagem), tel. 325-3259; cc: all, 11h/1h.
- R. Francisco Silveira, 24 (Afogados), 11h/22h.
- R. Visc. do Livramento, 314 (Derby), tel. 423-3776;
cc: all, 1Oh/24h; sun 1Oh/22h.
Estr. de Aldeia, km 4,5 (municipio de Camaragibe), 17
km, tel. 459-1328; cc: all, 19h/24h. Closed mon.
Pça. Joaquim Nabuco, 147 (Sto. Antonio), tel.
224-7977; cc: Ae, D, Mc, 11h/16h. Closed Sat.
R. Julio Pires, 68 (Boa Viagem), tel, 465-5722; cc:
all, 19h/2h, Fri 13h/2h. Closed sun.
- Av. Eng. Domingos Ferreira, 3980 (Boa Viagem), tel.
326-2448; cc: all, 11h3O/1h.
- R. Luis Inacio Pessoa de Melo, 81 (Parthenon Recife
Flat) (Setubal), tel. 462-1803; cc: all, 12h/15h, 19h/24h.
- Comunidade Luso-Brasiteira (Forte do Brum) (Recife
Antigo), tel. 224-1781; cc: Ae, D, Mc, 11h3O/l5h. Closed
- R. Gen. Joaquim Inacio, 515 Tel.423-8157; cc: Ae,
- R. Camboa do Carmo, 83 (Sto. Antonio), tel. 224-2699;
cc: Ae, D, Mc, 11 h/17h. Closed sun.
Av. Mq. de Olinda, 85 (Recife Antigo), tel. 224-0997;
cc: Ae, D, Mc, 11h3O/l5h3O. Closed sat/sun.
recently renovated Centre district, Recife Antigo, is
a popular night spot, where you can find many atmospheric
bars with live music.