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Recife Travel Guide

Recife Travel Guide



RECIFE is the capital of the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. It is one of the oldest settlements in Brazil, dating from 1535. Recife is one of the largest cities in Brazil, it is also where the Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. It's the 9th city by population, with over 1,500,000 inhabitants. Recife was no more than a fishing village when Dutch troops occupied Pernambuco (and later most of the Brazilian Northeast) in 1630 and moved the capital there from nearby Olinda. The Dutch developed Recife, building bridges and palaces and called it Mauritsstad, or Maurice Town, after the prince of Orange who was governor-general of the Dutch territories in Brazil. From the Dutch period, the oldest synagogue in the New World can be found in the old quarters of Recife Antigo. The Portuguese reconquered Pernambuco in 1654.

The best beaches, with year-around warm water, are found in Boa Viagem, one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil, visitors get enchanted by the sandy beaches with warm green waters and also by the complete infrastructure of hotels, restaurants, good nightlife and services which surrounds it. The word "recife" means reef in Portuguese. A reef barrier is present very close to shore, and sometimes touching it. Shark attacks have become a more frequent danger since the 1990s, so it is illegal to surf or to swim beyond the reef line or in exposed stretches of beach.

The City of Recife



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