The Northeast

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  • 1. Alto da Sé

    Carmo | Viewpoint

    This is the most scenic spot for soaking up Olinda's views of Recife and the ocean, particularly during sunset. It's also a good place to see...Read More

  • 2. Baía do Sancho

    Beach

    Surrounded by cliffs draped in lush green vegetation, Baía do Sancho is breathtakingly beautiful. Its crystal clear waters shift in tonality...Read More

  • 3. Baía dos Porcos

    Beach

    The best showcase for the island's stunning natural beauty, the "Bay of Pigs" is a literal paradise tucked away on the north ridge of the island...Read More

  • 4. Basílica de São Bento

    Varadouro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The main chapel of the Basílica de São Bento, a Benedictine monastery, is Olinda's richest church and considered to be one of Brazil's most...Read More

  • 5. Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

    Praia de Iracema | Museum/Gallery

    Not far from the Mercado Central, this majestic cultural complex is an eccentric mix of curves, straight lines, and angular and flat roofs....Read More

  • 6. Flecheiras

    Beach

    The ocean is always calm at this beach, which is surrounded by coconut trees, lagoons, and sand dunes. During low tide the reefs surface, and...Read More

  • 7. Genipabu

    Beach

    Massive dunes have made this one of the best-known beaches in the country. The area is most commonly explored on thrilling day-trips across...Read More

  • 8. Instituto Ricardo Brennand

    Historic Home

    The impressive private archive of Pernambucan collector Ricardo Brennand is displayed in a fairy-tale castle approximately 15 km (9 miles) north...Read More

  • 9. Museu Cais do Sertão

    Museum/Gallery

    This modern, interactive musuem is one of the new hot spots on Recife's cultural map. Regular live shows and cultural workshops add extra flavor...Read More

  • 10. Paço de Frevo

    Museum/Gallery

    This new cultural space celebrates and showcases all things related to Frevo , the infectious music and dance that governs Pernambucan culture...Read More

  • 11. Passeio Público

    Plaza/Square

    Also called the Praça dos Mártires, this landmark square dates from the 19th century. In 1824 many soldiers were executed here in the war for...Read More

  • 12. Praia da Paiva

    Beach

    One of the secret refuges of Recife, this long stretch of golden shore has the feel of a private beach, yet is open to the public via the pay...Read More

  • 13. Praia das Minas

    Beach

    Walk 30 minutes north of Pipa's main street via a terra-cotta dirt road or along the beach (depending on the tide) and you will arrive at the...Read More

  • 14. Praia de Cumbuco

    Beach

    Thirty-seven km (23 miles) west of Fortaleza, this former fisherman's colony is one of the best options for a relaxing day-trip from Fortaleza...Read More

  • 15. Praia de Jericoacoara

    Beach

    Jericoacoara's main beach encircles the small village of this former fisherman's colony and is the heart of the action, from sunrise horseback...Read More

  • 16. Praia do Patacho

    Beach

    Almost always deserted, this long stretch of white sand is the Coral Coast's most beautiful beach, with warm waters calm enough for even small...Read More

  • 17. Praia dos Golfinhos

    Beach

    One of the Northeast's most magical spots, this local favorite is accessible only during low tide and the most likely place to swim with wild...Read More

  • 18. Recife Antigo

    Recife Antigo | Historic District/Site

    Most of Old Recife's colonial-era public buildings and houses have been restored. The area between Rua do Bom Jesus and Rua do Apolo is full...Read More

  • 19. Saõ Miguel dos Milagres

    Town/Village

    This fisherman's village is surrounded by some of the region's most charming independent pousadas, most of which face directly onto the sand...Read More

  • 20. Tamandaré

    Beach

    Situated 109 km (68 miles) south of Recife, this beach region shares the same calm, warm waters and natural pools as Porto das Galinhas, yet...Read More

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