Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beautiful colonial Olinda - a gem in the northeast of Brazil

The most pictures here from google

It is a city in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. It's set around a tree-covered hill 6km north of Recife.

Olinda features a number of major tourist attractions, such as a historic downtown area (World Heritage Site), churches, and the Carnival of Olinda, a popular street party, very similar to traditional Portuguese carnivals, with the addition of African influenced dances. In Olinda, admission to Carnival is free. All the festivities are celebrated on the streets, and there are no bleachers or roping. 

There are hundreds of small musical groups (sometimes featuring a single performer) in many genres.
The main outlook of the city is the Alto da Sé where you can admire the historic buildings and the ocean. Located here is the Seminary, with its Brazilian Jesuit architecture whilst nearby are the Palace of the Governors, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Eufrasio Barbosa Market.

Besides its natural beauty, Olinda is also one of Brazil's main cultural centers. Declared in 1982 a Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO, Olinda relives the magnificence of the past every year during the Rio-style Carnival, on the rhythms of frevo, maracatu and others rhythms.
Frevo dancers


The main economic activities in Olinda are based in tourism, commerce, transportation industry and artcraft. The tourist sector has a boom every Carnival when thousands of people are in the old historic town center. (wikipedia).

With twisting streets of colorful old houses and gorgeous vistas over tree tops, church towers and red-tile roofs, this is one of the best-preserved and prettiest colonial towns in Brazil. 

Walking around the cobbled streets, stopping in front of each beautifully colored house, snapping pictures at every corner is very pleasant. Olinda is photographic heaven.

The impressive historical buildings pair well with the cultural diversity of the town which can be seen everywhere, whilst the fabulous lookouts onto the ocean, the handicraft markets and its rich cuisine will delight visitors.

For arts and crafts, Olinda is considered an open air museum bringing together an historic site with more than 80 artists’ studios of national and international reputation whilst throughout the Cidade Alta there are numerous stalls of local artisans selling carvings, sculptures and embroideries.

If you are visiting the north-east of Brazil on holiday then Olinda is a must see.

Photo by Flickr MCM Photography

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Porto de Galinhas, one of northeast best beaches!

(Foto: Danilo Luiz/Divulgação) via

Porto de Galinhas is a beach located in the municipality of Ipojuca, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The region has pools of clear and warm waters formed between corals, besides estuaries, mangroves, white sand and coconut trees. The whole region is very frequented by tourists and surfers of various nationalities, being elected by the magazine Viagem e Turismo, Editora Abril, as the "Best Beach in Brazil" for 10 consecutive times.

According to history the town was called Porto Rico (Rich Port) due to its abundance of redwood (called Paul Brasil), until 1850 when it became a place where people traded slaves to work in the plantations of sugar cane. To evade the control of the illegal transaction, slaves were transported together with guineafowl and passwords were created by traffickers (Portuguese: "Tem galinha nova no porto"—"There are new chickens in the port"), hence the origin of the name. (wikipedia)

But there are also beaches with strong waves, perfect for surfing - Maracaípe beach is a main points. Water sports, by the way, have been gaining more and more fans in the region, transforming the beach of Muro Alto into a meeting point for lovers of water skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing.

Although the narrow streets and life run slowly in Porto de Galinhas, the village boils in the summer, when it receives tourists from all over Brazil, as well as foreigners from the four corners of the planet.

All are attracted by the natural aquariums, however, they are surprised by the wealth of attractions and leisure options in the region, such as buggy, raft or horseback rides, almost always framed by coconut palms, white sands and a sea of shades of green , sometimes blue.

In downtown village, walking is the best way to check out the handicrafts produced by the natives. They are ceramic chickens - the official souvenir -, embroideries, nets, blankets ... The cuisine also occupies a prominent place, with restaurants offering seafood dishes as well as regional cuisine, such "carne do sol" and "galinha cabidela" (type stewed chicken).

Carne do Sol

Galinha de Cabidela

Fotos créditos: wikipedia, guiadoturismobrasil, fotoexplorerwiki e google.