The Northeast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Arquivo Judaico de Pernambuco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In Recife Antigo, on the site of the America's first synagogue, this excellent museum offers insight into the history and culture of...

Boa Viagem

  • Beach–Sight

Coconut palms line Recife's most popular beach, the 9-km-long (4-mile-long) Praia da Boa Viagem. A steady Atlantic breeze tames the hot...

Cabo de Santo Agostinho

  • Beach–Sight

Some of Pernambuco's finest beaches are clustered around the small town of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, 35 km (22 miles) south of the city.

Casa da Cultura

  • Jail

The old cells of this former 19th-century prison have been transformed into shops that sell works from Pernambuco's artisans, including...

Catedral de São Pedro dos Clérigos

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The facade of this cathedral, which was built in 1728, showcases fine wooden sculptures and a splendid trompe-l'oeil ceiling. The square...

Forte das Cinco Pontas

  • Military Site

Originally constructed from mud in 1630, the "Fort of Five Points" was rebuilt in 1677 with stone and mortar; even though it now has...


  • Beach–Sight

Surrounded by palm trees and favored by local surfers, beautiful Gaibu has become one of the area's most happening hangout spots. Volleyball...

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built in 1606, this church has beautiful Portuguese tile work, while the adjoining Capela Dourada (Golden Chapel), constructed in 1697,...

Igreja e Convento do Carmo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This historic baroque-style church and convent are constructed of wood and white gold. The main altar has a life-size statue of Our Lady...

Ilha de Itamaracá

  • Beach–Sight

This island is set off the coast of the historic city of Igarassu and has a number of beautiful beaches with calm waters for swimming,...