Pernambuco

Pernambuco has history in its monuments, culture of extraordinary richness and magnificent landscape, like Olida and Fernando de Noronha.

From the coast to the hinterland, Pernambuco is all beauty. It is the right destination for those looking for the best of the natural riches of the Northeast, with an extensive and appreciated coastline of warm and crystalline waters. The inviting scenery of paradisiacal beaches such as Tamandaré and Porto de Galinhas are just some of the countless attractions that also stand out in the magnitude and historical importance of its cultural traditions, such as the carnival and June festivities.

The 187 km long coastline, including beaches and cliffs, urban areas and virtually untouched places, represents the main tourist attraction of the state. Not to mention the beautiful archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, 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, which dates from 1535, is part of a Historic Centre with 396 m² listed by IPHAN. It is one of the oldest and best preserved architectural, civil and religious complexes in the state.

Still in the Metropolitan Region of Recife, the attractions are numerous. Recife Antigo, the most traditional neighbourhood of the capital of Pernambuco, a cultural and entertainment hub, is a must-see for tourists. There are bars, restaurants, nightclubs, a craft fair, as well as the city’s ground zero and the first synagogue in the Americas, 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 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.

Olinda’s Historic Site is a separate attraction for those thirsty for culture. One of the most important architectural ensembles in the country, Olinda has been awarded the title of World Cultural Heritage by Unesco and the first Brazilian capital of culture. The old houses and charming hillsides add to the charm of the city, which is also the stage for one of Brazil’s most popular festivals: Carnival.

Agreste Pernambuco is an extreme sports paradise. Bonito, with eight waterfalls ranging from 2 to 30 metres high, offers adventurers breathtaking trails, tree climbing, trekking and rappelling. Formed by the waters of the Verdinho River and Águas Vermelhas stream, the waterfalls of Bonito make up one of the most beautiful landscapes in the state.

Also in the agreste of Pernambuco, one of the attractions is the climate. The town of Gravatá, 80 km from Recife, is at an altitude of 447 metres. In June and July, the low temperatures, the activities that characterise country life and the local cuisine attract thousands of visitors. In the higher-altitude towns on the so-called Borborema Plateau, the cold has inspired cultural events such as the Garanhuns Winter Festival. The municipality, 230 kilometres from Recife, has hosted one of the largest music festivals in the state for over twenty years.

The state’s hinterland also has a site with a distinctive climate. At an altitude of 1,004 metres is the town of Triunfo, the highest in Pernambuco, where every year the Student Festival takes place, with theatre and dance groups, and the Film Festival, at the Cine Teatro Guarany, a building listed as a historical heritage site.

Pernambuco also has the Caruaru Fair, the largest open-air fair in the world, considered an intangible heritage of Brazil by IPHAN; the Nova Jerusalem Theatre, the largest open-air theatre in the world where the Passion of Christ is staged every year; the Serra do Catimbau National Park, between Agreste and Sertão Pernambuco, formed by a complex of mountains, valleys and sedimentary rocks, spread over 90,000 hectares, which impresses with its grandeur and primitivism; the Serra Negra, in Bezerros, situated at an altitude of 960 metres with a temperature of up to 9º C, surrounded by an ecological reserve, which makes its beauty a 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 welcome tourists. In addition to its natural wealth, it has a modern and qualified hotel network. Not to mention the unrivalled hospitality of the people of Pernambuco.

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