10 Things To Do In Recife, Brazil

Things to do in Recife

This lively capital and exciting city of Brazil boasts impressive beaches and interesting historical sights. The city also has an animated nightlife. If you’re into parties and good food, then Recife is for you. However, those aren’t the only good things in Recife. There are other attractions that deserve your attention. Here are 10 things that you can do in Recife:

1. Mirabilandia

Mirabilandia Parque de Diversões (Brasil-Brazil)
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Mirabilandia used to only have 15 rides, but they’ve managed to add 20 more! Now they have about 35 major attractions that will attract both kids and adults. It opened in 2002 and is one of the most successful parks in Pernambuco, Recife. The only downside are the long lines, and the not so healthy food that they sell. Other than that, the amusement park is perfect!


Address: Av. Prof. Andrade Bezerra, 1285 - Salgadinho, Olinda - PE, 53110-110, Brazil

Website: Mirabilandia

2. Botanical Garden of Recife

Jardim Botânico do Recife
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There are exhibits and walking trails inside the Botanical Garden. It’s a perfect place to have a picnic with family, a perfect Sunday escapade. You can actually tour the entire garden on your own, yet it’s better to have a guide who knows about the different species of plants.

Botanical Garden of Recife

Address: Rodovia BR 232, s/n - Curado, Recife - PE, Brazil

Website: Botanical Garden of Recife

3. Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand 07
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Francisco Brennand is an exceptional sculptor in Brazil. Seeing all his work inside the museum is like walking in a wonderland. It’s both fascinating and interesting! Oficina Ceramica showcases the artist’s sculptures and paintings, and some of his creations include a headless chicken and a snake statue. They’re kind of bizarre, yet they’re still a beautiful work of art.

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Address: Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damião - Rua Diogo de Vasconcellos, S/N - Várzea, Recife - PE, 50740-970, Brazil

Website: Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand (in Portugese)

4. Paço do Frevo

Paço do Frevo
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Frevo Palace opened in February, 2014. It’s mostly dedicated to leisure and research about culture. They’re quite popular, in fact they received over 100k visitors just in the first year alone. It’s a 3-storey cultural center that offers dance and music classes. The dance school focuses on the frevo dance. Inside, you’ll find a red room, where names of celebrities adorned the walls. These famous people are part of the cultural center’s history. You’ll also find over 300 photos upstairs, showing photos of the preparation needed for the cultural presentations.

Paço do Frevo

Address: R. da Guia, s.n. - Recife, PE, 50030-360, Brazil

Website: Paço do Frevo

5. Museu da Cidade do Recife

Museu da Cidade do Recife
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The museum houses over 2,500 books and almost 2,000 digitalized maps and architectural projects. It was built in 1982, and hold items that celebrates the city. They also hold free workshops such as botanical watercolor workshops for adults.

Museu da Cidade do Recife

Address: Praça das Cinco Pontas, s/n - São José, Recife - PE, 50020-500, Brazil

Website: Museu da Cidade do Recife

6. Boa Viagem Beach

Boa Viagem Beach
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Boa Viagem Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Recife, Brazil. It’s also one of the most visited, yet people don’t really go in the water to swim. Why? To date, they said there have been about 56 fatal sharks attacks in the waters of Boa Viagem. While some people aren’t really afraid of sharks and still go swimming, most visit the beach to enjoy the view.

7. Jaqueira Park

Jaqueira Park - Recife
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Jaqueira Park is the largest in Brazil. You can go biking, skating, and other outdoor activities inside the park. It also has a playground, several gardens and ornamental plants. Planning to visit? Pass by Picanha do Futuro, a steak house near the park. You could also try Mamthara Japanese restaurant. Both offer delectable dishes to its guests.

Jaqueira Park

Address: R. do Futuro, 959 - Graças, Recife - PE, 52050-010, Brazil

Website: Jaqueira Park

8. Museu Cais do Sertao

Museu Cais do Sertao
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Cais do Sertao, now a museum, used to be the old port warehouses. It pays tribute to the stories of the Brazilian people. It has a few attractions like The Poetry Room, Origen Tunnel, The Capeta Tunnel, and even karaoke booths!

Museu Cais do Sertao

Address: Armazen 10 - Av. Alfredo Lisboa, s/n - Recife Antigo, Recife - PE, 50030-150, Brazil

Website: Museu Cais do Sertao

9. 5-Day Pernambuco Tour from Recife (from USD 384.0)

things to do in recife | 5-day pernambuco tour from recife
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The 5-day Pernambuco Tour will give you a professional and expert guide to take you around Recife. You’ll be visiting beaches, churches, and other top attractions inside a van.

Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife to Marco Zero Square, and Oficina Francisco Brennand will be the first three attractions in the itinerary. This is going to be a boat tour in the rivers of Recife. Breakfast and lunch are served.

Next on the itinerary would be Recife’s stunning beaches and Porto de Galinhas. Get ready with your best swim wear and enjoy Brazil’s white sands. You’ll also be taken to a nice fishing village afterward for some fresh seafood and cocunut.

Last on the itinerary would be Olinda. Here you’ll explore Recife’s colonial cities.

This tour is perfect for families and travelers interested in sightseeing and swimming.

Recife to Pernambuco 5-Day Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

Duration: 5 days

10. Olinda Evening and Culinary Tour from Recife (from 100 USD / 314.57 BRL)

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The Olinda tour will let you enjoy the best food in Recife! You get to visit historic landmarks too such as churches, chapels, and convents. You’ll pass by old buildings and breathtaking gardens.

But the best part about this tour would be a 3-course meal from one of Recife’s local restaurants. Enjoy a wonderful meal while talking about Olinda’s history.

Olinda Evening and Culinary Tour from Recife

Price: from 100 USD / 314.57 BRL


The Brazilian Venice

Recife is Brazil’s version of Venice as it has many waterways in its geography. It’s a charming town with beautiful beaches and astounding attractions. This part of Brazil should be on your bucket list!

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