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How to Spend 1 Day in Recife

How to Spend 1 Day in Recife

One day in the Pernambuco capital is enough time to admire colonial architecture, browse the markets, and hit the beach before sampling the city’s legendary nightlife. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Recife.

Morning: Sightseeing and shopping

Start your day with a walking tour of Recife’s historic center, stopping by notable landmarks such as the 19th-century Santa Isabel Theater, Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, and Santo Antônio Convent. Nearby, catch a glimpse of local life at the Mercado Sao Jose.

Just before lunch, head to the Casa da Cultura, a former 19th-century prison that’s now home to a huge market and cultural center. After browsing the stalls for traditional Brazilian handicrafts and souvenirs, learn more about Recife’s famous carnival celebrations at the Frevo Museum. Then, tuck into some local cuisine—finishing the meal with a piece of bolo de rolo (rolled guava cake), a regional specialty.

Afternoon: Cultural gems and caipirinhas

Two of Recife’s most important cultural sites are located just outside the city—visit as part of a tour to avoid the hassle of public transit. The castle-like Ricardo Brennand Institute has an impressive collection of art and artifacts, including medieval armor and a large number of Frans Post paintings. Close by, the Francisco Brennand Ceramic Workshop is devoted to the work of Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand.

Once you’re back in the city, make a beeline for Boa Viagem, Recife’s main beach, and spend the rest of the afternoon sipping caipirinhas on the sand or cooling off in the Atlantic.

Night: Sunset to sunrise

With its canals and historic bridges, Recife is often called the “Venice of Brazil,” and some of the best views of the city are from the water. Set sail along the Capibaribe River on a catamaran cruise, and watch the sunset as you pass landmarks such as the Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park and Marco Zero Square.

After dark, the bars and nightclubs along the beachfront at Boa Viagem fill up with a mix of locals and travelers. Recife’s nightlife is renowned, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself drinking and dancing until the sun comes up.

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Recife Boat Tour

Recife Boat Tour

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Tour Recife onboard a boat on the Capabaribe River during this 3-hour excursion. With a knowledgeable local guide and captain at the helm, visit the 3 central islands of Recife; Boa Vista, Recife Antigo and Santo Antonio. Get views of sights like Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park, the Marco Zero Square, the Customs Palace, the Gymnasium Pernambucano and the Teatro Santa Isabel. Pass under Recife's 5 bridges before ending the cruise at Marco Zero Square.
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  • 2 hours
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Arrival Transfer from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas - Muro Alto or Serrambi

Arrival Transfer from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas - Muro Alto or Serrambi

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Take the stress and uncertainty out of getting to your hotel and take the easy way! Enjoy the best transfer from the International Airport of Recife to all hotels on the Harbor of Porto de Galinhas, Muro Alto and Serrambi in a double air-conditioned vehicle which has tv, dvd, wifi via Expressway ( toll road ) quicker and safer. This service will offer you safety, ponctuality and comfort. You should enjoy your vacation so get off to a great start with us.
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  • 40 minutes
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Half-Day Museum Tour in Recife

Half-Day Museum Tour in Recife

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Explore the Ricardo Brennand Institute during this 5-hour tour in Recife. Follow an audio guide through the world-class art collection, including one of the world's largest weapons collections and a significant number of Frans Prost paintings. Continue to the Oficina Francisco Brennand to see a collection of a native Brazilian contemporary sculptor, with an additional visit to the Park of Sculptures to see more of the artist's work. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from select Recife hotels are included.
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  • 5 hours
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City Tour of Recife Including the Park of Sculptures

City Tour of Recife Including the Park of Sculptures

Explore the ‘Venice of Brazil’ on a small-group city tour of Recife. Visit landmarks such as the Park of Statues, Casa da Cultura, Marco Zero Square, and more. Learn about the history of this coastal city from your guide as you walk through the old town. Enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs before returning to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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