Places in Pernambuco
Picturesque Olinda, set around a tree-covered hill 6km north of Recife, is the artsy, colonial counterpart to the big city's hubbub. It’s an artist colony full of creative types and brimming with galleries, artisans’ workshops, museums, lovely colonial churches and music in the streets.
Beaches South of Recife
South of the big city, the sea is calm, the waters are clear and the beaches are lined with coconut palms. Porto de Galinhas, 70km from Recife, has mushroomed into one of the most popular beach resorts in the Northeast. Further south, the Tamandaré area is much less frenetic.
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Tips and articles
A night out in Rio
As the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro's beaches, the city's sun-kissed cariocas (locals) head home to wash off the sand and prepare for a night out on the town...
Retail in Rio: the carioca guide to shopping
In Rio de Janeiro there are the essential purchases: the classic mini statue of Christ the Redeemer, the cheapest Havaianas on the planet, and the beach sarongs known as kangas...
On the ground at Rio’s Carnaval: a local’s guide to the biggest party on earth
Every February the infectious sights and sounds of carnaval (carnival) return to Rio de Janeiro...
A perfect day in Rio de Janeiro
Few people are in a hurry in Rio de Janeiro – after all, it's a city widely known around Brazil for its carefree attitude and beach-centric lifestyle...