Recife ranks 4th in Brazil when it comes to size, so it comes as no surprise it became a popular vacation destination. If you want to experience the city, check out the top 3 places to see and top 3 things to do in Recife first.
1. Historic Centre Town of Olinda
This UNESCO World Heritage Site goes back to the 16th century, when it was founded. The town include many architectural churches, along with traditional buildings and beautiful gardens. Several of the town's buildings have been renovated.
2. The Museum of Pernambuco State
This is a large museum, packed with furniture and paintings dating from different eras. If you like to read, you may be happy to learn the museum includes a library with more than 4,000 books.
3. The Malakoff Tower
The Malakoff Tower is considered the cultural center of Recife. Inside, you will find an exhibition hall and an amphitheater. Sometimes the tower hosts lectures and various workshops, so don't forget to check it out.
4. The Dois Irmãos Park
If you want to spend a morning surrounded by nature, head over to the Dois Irmãos Park. This Atlantic Forest Reserve is the home of 800 species of exotic animals.
5. Casa da Cultura
The former prison is now a mall and an important cultural spot of the city. Recife's best bookstores, restaurants and shops are located here, so remember to stop by.
6. Marco Zero
This is the spot where Recife was officially established in 1537. Marco Zero is surrounded by revamped old port warehouses, now turned into shopping centers and other touristic attractions. Visit this place if you want to get a better idea of the city's beginnings.