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Recife and Olinda Brazil


Visit Recife


Visiting the twin towns of Recife and Olinda is an opportunity to experience the rich culture of Pernambuco state. Elegant colonial architecture, vibrant music and an absorbing arts scene make this one of Brazil's most interesting and diverse regions.

Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a charming hub of cobbled streets and beautiful churches. It's only a few kilometres from Recife, the state capital, although the two cities have pretty much merged, so that Olinda is nowadays in effect a suburb of Recife. Most travellers prefer to base themselves in Olinda, however, which has a good choice of luxury pousada accommodation - a great way to soak up the city's colonial charm.

Recife is Brazil's music capital. Forró, ciranda, maracatú and other folk sounds are the bedrock of this musical heritage, often heard in and around the colonial centre, Recife Antigo. Since the mangue beat movement of the 1980s and 1990s pop, rock, electronica and rap have been added to the mix. The city's passion for music is especially evident during Carnaval - Recife's and Olinda's are among the best in Brazil, with spectacular street parades featuring frevo drummers, costumed dance troupes and colourful floats.


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Brazil: Olinda and Porto de Galinhas & Rio

12-day tailor-made holiday from £3,950 pp incl. flights

Head off the beaten track to explore the historic city of Olinda and the golden beaches of Porto de Galinhas on this tailor-made tour of Brazil. You'll even enjoy a stay in Rio, home to the iconic Cristo Redentor statue and the iconic sands of Copacabana.

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Brazil’s Coral Coast self-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,015 pp incl. flights

It's time to hit the road on this Brazil self-drive holiday, crossing four states – Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia – in the country's stunning northeast region.

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