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Top Choice Park in Fernando de Noronha

Parque Nacional Marinho de Fernando de Noronha

Covering around 70% of the main island and all the surrounding sea, Parque Nacional Marinho de Fernando de Noronha contains most of the archipelago's must-see sights including its three best beaches and all of the s…
Top Choice Beach in Fernando de Noronha

Baía do Sancho

The most stunning stretch of sand on an island of magnificent beaches, Baía do Sancho is a protected cove of brilliant turquoise waters backed by forest-clad cliffs. The difficult access – visitors must either desce…
Top Choice Museum in Recife

Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

Francisco Brennand, born in 1927 into an Irish immigrant family and now considered Brazil’s greatest ceramicist, revitalized his family’s abandoned tile factory to create his own line of decorative ceramic tiles. Th…
Top Choice Natural Pool in Porto de Galinhas

Piscinas Naturais

A major factor in Porto Galinhas' popularity is the collection of amazing tidal pools full of tropical fish that appear in the coral reefs around 100m in front of the town during low tide. It's possible to wade out …
Top Choice Beach in Tamandaré

Praia dos Carneiros

Eight kilometers north of Tamandaré, fashionable and ultrarelaxed Praia dos Carneiros is one of Northeast Brazil's loveliest strands. It has wonderful calm, clear, shallow waters, fine sand shaded by coconut palms, …
Top Choice Arts Center in Recife

Paço do Frevo

This strikingly red museum is a small and modern house of worship for frevo, the quintessential dance of the Recife Carnaval that is easily identified by its use of colorful small umbrellas. There is a great energy …
Top Choice Brazilian in Fernando de Noronha

Mesa da Ana

Husband-and-wife team Ana (a Cordon Bleu grad) and Rock (pronounced 'hockey;' Noronha's resident artist eccentric) serve only eight to 10 people per night at this rustic island gem. The four-course fish-heavy meals …
Top Choice Bar in Olinda

Bodega de Véio

Also a small and very eclectic general store, this wonderful little bar serves ice-cold bottled beer, shots of cachaça (potent sugarcane liquor) and great charcuterie plates (R$10 per 100g), while doing its best to …
Top Choice Buffet in Recife

Chica Pitanga

As near as por kilos restaurants can get to a gourmet experience, Chica Pitanga offers a changing array of diverse dishes every day. The dozen or so salad options might, for example, include tabbouleh or mango salad…
Top Choice Brazilian in Olinda

Oficina do Sabor

With a specialty in baked pumpkin stuffed with assorted fillings – the shrimp, lobster and passion-fruit sauce variety is fantastic – this is one of the Northeast’s best restaurants, and worth every centavo. It's al…