Pernambuco has history in its monuments, culture and magnificent landscape

Praça de São Pedro in Recife - Pernambuco
Praça de São Pedro in Recife – Pernambuco

A glance at the map of Pernambuco is enough to realise the uniqueness of its territory.

The state of Pernambuco is a narrow strip of land, which extends timidly towards the coast – there are only 187 kilometres of coastline – to stretch for 724 kilometres towards the hinterland.

It was on this stretch of coast that the Portuguese nobleman Duarte Coelho landed in 1535 to take possession of the captaincy granted to him by Dom João III.

The colonisers found a coast protected by reef banks, which is why the Indians called it Paranampuca – “sea that breaks on the rock” – a name that prevailed over the official Nova Lusitania.

map of Pernambuco
map of Pernambuco

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The best way to get to know Pernambuco is from Recife and Olinda, sister cities born in the colonial period.

Both preserve fragments of their history in their monuments and in their extraordinarily rich culture – as evidenced by the maracatus, caboclinhos and frevos that find their maximum expression in the Carnival, resulting from the mixture, in the mills and sugarcane fields, between Portuguese, Africans and Indians.

From the capital, you can follow the coastline, where beaches of calm and warm waters emerge between holiday homes and sophisticated hotels.

535 kilometres off the coast of Pernambuco is the island of Fernando de Noronha, one of the most beautiful in the world.

To get to know Pernambuco’s culture more deeply, you should visit the Zona da Mata – home of the maracatu rural, a popular dance that combines elements of different folk dances -, the agreste, a region where excellent and authentic handicrafts are produced, and the sertão, whose lands hide a surprising and harsh poetry.

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Tourist highlights in Pernambuco

When to go to Pernambuco

  •  Go to the beaches and island of Fernando de Noronha at any time of the year.
  • In the summer, however, the places become crowded and prices rise.
  • In Carnival, between February and March, if the idea is to combine fun and knowledge of folkloric manifestations the month of June, during the celebrations of São João. when cities of the agreste and sertão fill with arraiais and bonfires.
  • Tourism and Travel Guide of Pernambuco

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