Recife / Brazil
Recife is located at one of the most eastern points in Brazil at the mouth of the Capibaribe in the Atlantic. The town was once set up in a marshy area, the old town lies on two islands, and so it is that Recife is also called "Venice of the south".
The port city of Recife has over 1 million inhabitants and has a very impressive skyline, in front of which is a great beach.
The city is, of course a popular destination because of its great location by the sea.
On the old town island of Ilha Joana Bezerra, there are the two districts of Santo Antônio and São José. Sightseeing attractions are here the Princess Palace, the Theater St.Isabel, the church Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and the capela dourada, the gold chapel, which belongs to a monastery. The buildings are all very well within walking distance.
If you are interested in the history of the area and the colonial past, you can visit the Museum Homem do Nordeste, while art lovers fully get their money's worth at the Museu do Estado de Pernambuco.
Those wishing to relax can do so on the beach, where there are also very good restaurants. To the south of Recife there are also the fantastic beaches of Gaibu and Calhetas. They lie both very quiet and lonely amidst a beautiful landscape and a deep blue sea. The beaches are often visited by surfers and divers who find excellent conditions here. There are also some bars.