Recife City Guide

Travel Guide

An Introduction To Recife


So you are planning to visit Recife, there is a wide variety of things to see and do no matter who you are travelling with. We don't plan to suggest which sights and attractions you visit while in Recife but rather just provide guidance and offer advice on what is there. Comparable with other cities, there are great and not so great places to visit and if this visit is your first to Recife or if you are a seasoned visitor, there is always something new to see or do. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and Recife has a number of really interesting experiences that you will remember for a long time.

Top 10 Attractions

During your time in Recife there are quite a few places of interest that should make up part of your trip. The highly regarded Pernambuco area of Brazil has attractions that you may know and others which aren't that familiar to people from outside the area of Recife we have assembled a List of Ten to be of help to you:

1. Instituto Ricardo Brennand
2. Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
3. Arquivo Judaico de Pernambuco
4. Embaixada dos Bonecos Gigantes
5. Casa dos Bonecos Gigantes
6. Cidade do Recife Museum
7. Cinco Pontas Fort
8. Homem do Nordeste Museum
9. Museu da Abolicao
10. Pernambuco House of Culture

This collection are just to get you going if you have a good local book or guide you can seek out a bit more and if there is enough time in Recife. You will discover other enjoyable locations and attractions about the Recife vicinity of Brazil.

Getting Around

Recife is not a difficult city to navigate, once you have an eye for the place and understand the layout with the help of some local landmarks it should become pretty simple. You can cover a lot of the city on foot but make sure you stick to places you know after dark. If you wish to cover larger distances across Recife there are a number of modes of transportation. Recife has a Metro system that started operations in 1985. There are 29 stations spread over 3 lines that cover wide areas of the city. There is a good, reliable bus network where tickets can be purchases to cover multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use Recife Taxis, where you can seek local knowledge from your driver. What ever method you use to explore Recife ensure you see as much of it as you can.

Recife Metro Map

Recife Metro Map


If you wish to stay in Recife for a period longer than one day you will be looking for a place to sleep. Recife offers a broad range of facilities to sleep these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to more modest hotels, B&Bs and hostels. If you are travelling on business ensure the hotel you decide to select has facilities to suit you and is OK for your needs as the roads in Recife may result in problems at certain times. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top chain and independent hotels. Recife also offers an excellent array of lower star hotel options that provide basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you are visiting on a small budget there is a number of hostels and guest houses in the city which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whatever accommodation type you select in Recife ensure you take time to seek out deals that are available on countless travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn't playing a game.

Recommended Hotels

1. Hotel Atlante Plaza
2. Courtyard Recife Boa Viagem
3. Golden Tulip Recife Palace
4. Mar Hotel Recife
5. Ibis Recife

Places To Eat

There are many different places to eat in Recife, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are quite a lot of dining venues that offer Brazilian meals and don't break the bank. If you are on the look out for a fine dining restaurant there are a wide number of these, but you will need to make a reservation and ensure that your follow the dress code if there is one. If you just want quick food there are the familiar names such as Burger King, McDonalds etc, but if you are seeking something real you should ask a local and see where they suggest. A key aspect of visiting a new city to try new things, this includes it's food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Recife. whether that is a café, a fine restaurant or food from a street vendor. You should check local newspapers for offers and remember to try something new.

Recommended Places To Eat

1. Leite
2. Siwichi Cebicheria Peruana
3. Nez Bistro Casa Forte
4. Camarada Camarao
5. Casa dos Frios

Facts And Statistics

If you are getting to grips with a new city like Recife it is good practice to have some inside knowledge. Here are a number of facts that could be of help to you.

Continent: South America
Country: Brazil
Region: Pernambuco
International Dialing Code: +55
Recife Coordinates: 8°06'S / 34°53'W
Altitude: 10 m (33 ft)
Currency: Real (BRL)
Language: Portuguese
Recife Time Zone: BRT(UTC-3h)
City Population: 1,555,039
Metro Population: 3,743,854
Temperature High In 30.2 °C (86.4 °F)
Temperature Low In 20.6 °C (69.1 °F)

Keeping Safe

Just like other cities Recife has it's pros and cons, it is important to keep your wits about you and you will be fine and undertake a great trip to this fantastic Brazilian area. Take a good guide book and know where you are going, try not to make it obvious you are a visitor to the city by flaunting expensive devices around and try not to carry more cash than you need on your person. Stick to areas you know after dark and if you do get lost, stay calm and visit a shop to consult your guide book or map. You might be enjoying yourself, but still be alert. Stay street wise and you will have a great trip to Recife. On the whole Brazil is a very safe country with warm and friendly residents. Some basic groundwork pays dividends and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.

08 July 2015