15 Things To Do in Recife:Brazil

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Source:Luci Correia

Recife is a metropolitan area in Brazil with 3,743,854 inhabitants. It is also the largest metropolitan are of the North and North East regions in Brazil. Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco with a total land area of 218 kilometers squared in the municipality and 2,768 kilometers squared in the metro areas.

1. Shop at RioMar Recife

RioMar Recife is a large shopping centre where you can buy almost everything you need such as souvenirs, gifts or anything that involves shopping. There are also cinemas and lots of restaurants in this shopping mall.


  • Name:RioMar Recife
  • Address: Avenida Republica do Libano, 251, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51110-160, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Seminario de Olinda
  • Price:Varies
  • Phone: +55 81 3878 0000
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Website: http://riomarrecife.com.br/#_=_

2. Enjoy the view at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand is a place where exhibitions of clay that is turned into art are present. There are also gardens in the area. They both have indoor and outdoor exhibits for you to enjoy too.


  • Name:Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
  • Address: Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damiao, s/n – Varzea | Acesso pela Av. Caxangá, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 5 minutes away from Instituto Ricardo Brennand
  • Price: $5-$10 USD
  • Phone:(81) 3271-2466
  • Opening hours:Sun 10:00 – 16:00
  • Website: http://www.brennand.com.br/#_=_

3. Experience Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Instituto Ricardo Brennand is yet another historical architecture with lots of exhibitions for you to discover and visit. It is just near Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand so might as well visit the two while you are in there.


  • Name:Instituto Ricardo Brennand
  • Address:Alameda Antonio Brennand | Várzea, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50741-904, Brazil
  • Acess: 5 minutes away from Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
  • Price:$5-$10USD
  • Phone:+55(81)2121-0352
  • Opening hours:Tue – Sun 13:00 – 17:00
  • Website: http://www.institutoricardobrennand.org.br/index2.html#_=_

4. Visit Recife Antigo at night

Walk around Recife Antigo at night and you will be able to see the streets light up with different music around the area. It is really interesting to visit this place at night rather than in the morning. There are also a lot of sculptures in here too.


5. Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Church and Monastery of Sao Bento are not just an ordinary church it is very ancient and well-preserved. The interior is really amazing that it will make you feel like you are in a palace or something. It is surely worth a visit.


  • Name:Church and Monastery of Sao Bento
  • Address: Rua de Sao Bento, s/n – Olinda, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Centro Historico
  • Price:Free
  • Phone:(81) 3429-3288
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 6:00am-8:00pm
  • Website: http://www.olinda.pe.gov.br/guia-turistico/igrejas#_=_

6. Madre Deus Church

Madre Deus Church is another famous and enormous church in Recife. Tourist often comes and visit the church because of its extraordinary architecture and amazing history. It is one of the most significant pieces of Rococo Architecture in Recife.


  • Name:Madre Deus Church
  • Address:Rua da Alfandega, s/n – Recife, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Recife Antigo
  • Price: Free
  • Phone:(81) 3224-5587
  • Opening hours: Open all the time

7. Have a swim at Coroa do Aviao Beach

Get away from the busy city and just enjoy your day sunbathing or swimming around Coroa do Aviao Beach. It is a great and fun way to enjoy Recife without having to face the crowd too much. Make your stay a relaxing one by visiting this beach. There are also restaurants around just in case you will want to grab something to eat.

8. Mirabilandia Parque de Diversoes

Make your visit an adventurous and fun one at Recife by going to Mirabilandia Parque de Diversoes. It is an amusement park with lots of fantastic rides perfect for all ages. The structures are also fascinating as well as the design of the exterior places.


  • Name: Mirabilandia Parque de Diversoes
  • Address:Avenida Agamenon Magalhaes s/n (Entrada pela Av. Andrade Bezerra), Recife, State of Pernambuco 53110710, Brazil
  • Acess: 15 minutes away from Classic Hall
  • Price: Varies
  • Phone: 8133662000
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Website: http://www.mirabilandia.com.br/#_=_

9. Walk around Quatro Cantos

Quatro Cantos is a street in Recife wherein you will be able to see a lot of old structures and just by walking around the streets you will already feel the history of Recife. You will also find a lot of stalls that sells crafts and local products. You can even find a lot of cafes and restaurants for you to have a quick bite.

10. Stroll around Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park is a park that can be viewed from Recife Antigo waterfront. This park is unique because in order for you to reach the park you will need to cross the waters which makes it much interesting, though.


  • Name:Sculpture Park
  • Address: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 20 minutes away from Parque Nacional do Catimbau
  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Open all the time

11. Do some shopping

There are a lot of places for you to go shopping and it is definitely a must especially if you are on a vacation because it is a necessity to be able to buy something that will remind you of that place and here in Recife, there are a lot of places to do that such as shopping malls, markets or even at the stalls in the streets.

12. Know some history at Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in America. This museum is really large as it has four floors which mean that you will be able to learn a lot about Recife and the entire of Brazil’s history. It is a really fun way of knowing the place, though.


  • Name:Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue
  • Address:: Rua Bom Jesus, 197 | Recife Antigo, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Museu Cais do Sertao
  • Price: $10USD
  • Phone: (81) 3224-2128
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Website: http://www.kahalzurisrael.com/#_=_

13. Fall in love with the gold at Capela Dourada

Capela Dourada is not just an ordinary church. It is an extraordinary church that is full of Gold. Well, they are not really Gold but the color is Gold mostly. The place is truly magnificent and is worth a visit. Don’t forget to take your camera with you during your visit.


  • Name:Capela Dourada
  • Address:Rua do Imperador D. Pedro II, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Teatro de Santa Isabel
  • Price: $5USD
  • Phone:+55(81) 3224-0530
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00am-6:00pm

14. CAIXA Cultural Recife

CAIXA Cultural Recife is another ancient architecture that has been well-preserved by the locals of Recife. There is a very great view inside and there is a glass floor in one of the floors too. The exterior is really cool at night as well.


15. Book a private tour

Get away from the hassle of organising everything by booking a private tour. You will also get to choose which landmarks you are going to visit while travel agency will be the one to organise everything for you including the transportation, accommodation, meals and all of the other things. The only thing that is left for you to do is just enjoy the entire trip.

Have a good trip and travel!