Welcome to Pernambuco
Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, is one of Brazil’s biggest cities; it's a very urban place with a rich cultural and entertainment scene and a fascinating history. By contrast its much smaller and calmer neighbor, Olinda, is a charming, historic town, full of picturesque churches, colonial colors and talented artisans.
North and south of these centers stretches a short but glorious coast with dozens of palm-fringed sandy beaches, great surfing waves and crystal-clear reef pools. Porto de Galinhas, south of Recife, has developed into one of Brazil’s more popular coastal resorts; nearby Tamandaré is a mellower spot for a more relaxed beach stay.
But Pernambuco’s most glittering gem sits more than 500km out into the Atlantic. The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a tropical-island getaway to dream about, a fervently protected aquatic Eden with near-empty, postcard-perfect beaches, surrounded by warm, brilliantly clear waters with world-class diving. It is probably Brazil’s most awed destination.