The city of Olinda-PE is recognized for its history, natural beauty, cultural heritage, whether through the colonial architecture of its churches and mansions or for its cultural manifestations. The year 1932 marks the beginning of the use of giant puppets in the Carnival of Olinda, through the calunga, by the Clube de Alegoria […]
Pernambuco has a history in its monuments, a culture of extraordinary wealth and a magnificent landscape, such as Olida and Fernando de Noronha.
From the coast to the Sertão, Pernambuco is all about beauty. It is the right destination for those looking for the best of the natural resources of the Northeast, with an extensive and appreciated coastline with warm and crystalline waters. The inviting scenarios of idyllic beaches such as Tamandaré and Porto de Galinhas are just some of the countless attractions that stand out, also, in the magnitude and historical importance of their cultural traditions, such as the carnival and June festivities.
The coastline with about 187 km of extension, between beaches and cliffs, urban areas and practically untouched places, represents the main tourist attraction of the State. Not to mention the beautiful Fernando de Noronha archipelago, frequented by Brazilians and foreigners at all times of the year.
Pernambuco has one of the oldest churches in Brazil, located in the municipality of Igarassu, in the Metropolitan Region of Recife. The church dedicated to São Cosme e Damião, dating from 1535, is part of a Historic Center with 396 m² listed by IPHAN. One of the oldest and best preserved architectural, civil and religious complexes in the State.
Even in the Metropolitan Region of Recife, the attractions are countless. Recife Antigo, the most traditional neighborhood in the capital of Pernambuco, a cultural and entertainment hub, is a must-see for tourists. There are bars, restaurants, nightclubs, a craft fair, in addition to the city's ground zero and the first synagogue in the Americas, the Kahal Zur Israel, built in 1637 by Jews who came from Amsterdam to live in Recife. The state capital also stands out for its pioneering work in cinematography and for being the cradle of creative and entrepreneurial talents, and every year the city of Recife becomes the stage for national cinema. The best Brazilian films of the season are screened at CINE PE, and filmmakers who have made a name for themselves in national cinema are present, as well as young directors, producers, actors and actresses, a showcase of the seventh art that has already entered the national calendar.
The Historic Site of Olinda is an attraction on its own for those hungry for culture. One of the most important architectural ensembles in the country, Olinda received the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity, granted by Unesco, and the first Brazilian capital of culture. The old houses and the charming slopes contribute to the charm of the city, which is also the stage for one of the most popular festivals in Brazil: Carnival.
Agreste Pernambuco is a paradise for extreme sports. Bonito, with eight waterfalls that vary from 2 to 30 meters in height, provides adventurers with trails, treks, trekkings and rappels that are breathtaking. Formed by the waters of the Verdinho River and the Águas Vermelhas stream, the Bonito waterfalls make up one of the most beautiful landscapes in the state.
One of the attractions in Pernambuco's rural area is also the climate. The city of Gravatá, 80 km from Recife, is at an altitude of 447 meters. In the months of June and July, the low temperatures, the activities that characterize the country life and the local gastronomy attract thousands of visitors. In higher altitude cities, on the so-called Planalto da Borborema, the cold inspired cultural events such as the Winter Festival of Garanhuns. The municipality, 230 km from Recife, has hosted one of the largest music festivals in the state for over twenty years.
The interior of the state also has a place with a different climate. At an altitude of 1.004 meters is the city of Triunfo, the highest in Pernambuco, where the Student Party takes place every year, with dance theater groups, and the Film Festival, at the Cine Teatro Guarany, a building listed by the historical heritage.
Pernambuco also has the Feira de Caruaru, the largest open fair in the world, considered intangible heritage of Brazil by IPHAN; the Teatro de Nova Jerusalem, the largest open-air theater in the world where, every year, the show of the Passion of Christ is staged; the Serra do Catimbau National Park, between the Agreste and the Sertão of Pernambuco, formed by a complex of mountain ranges, valleys and sedimentary rocks, spread over 90 thousand hectares, which impresses for its grandeur and primitivism; the Serra Negra, in Bezerros, located at an altitude of 960 meters with a temperature of up to 9º C, surrounded by an ecological reserve, which makes its beauty a picture-postcard setting; the São Francisco Valley, with its dozens of wineries, an ideal place for lovers of good wine.
Pernambuco is always with open arms to receive tourists. In addition to its natural wealth, it has a modern and capable hotel network. Not to mention the unique hospitality of the people of Pernambuco.
History of the Seminary of Olinda and Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça in Olinda PE
The architectural ensemble formed by the Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça and the former Seminary is located at the highest point of the Historic Site of Olinda, surrounded by lush vegetation composed of fruit trees and palm trees. From there you have one of the most privileged views of the city, with […]
History and Architecture of the Monastery of São Bento in Olinda PE
The Monastery of São Bento is located on top of a hill, in the Historic Site of Olinda, surrounded by an exuberant natural landscape. The proximity to the sea and the strategic position in relation to Portuguese urban design allow the visitor a picturesque perspective (o: landscape worthy of […]
History and Architecture of the Cathedral of Olinda
The Sé de Olinda Cathedral, also known as the Church of São Salvador do Mundo, is located in the Historic Site of Olinda, occupying a prominent position in the city's landscape. In addition to being the first religious building built by the Portuguese upon their arrival in the Captaincy of Pernambuco, it emerges from […]
History, Construction and Architecture of the Franciscan Convent of Olinda
Although they had been present in Brazil since the first Portuguese expeditions, the Franciscans would only settle here permanently several decades later. In this regard, the Franciscan Convent of Olinda is considered the oldest establishment of the disciples of San Francisco in Brazilian lands, the cradle of the order in Brazil. O […]
Igarassu is a historic city in the Metropolitan Region of Recife PE
The city of Igarassu is located in the state of Pernambuco, 27 km away from Recife, the state capital, and close to João Pessoa, the capital of Paraíba, just 90 km away. Located on the north coast of the state, Igarassu is part of the metropolitan region of Recife […]