Visit Recife - Best of Recife
Recife gets its name from the ancient underwater reef that protects its shore. In the 16th century, Recife was only a collection of fishing shacks. With the arrival of the Franciscans, and then Jews, the significance of the city began to expand steadily. The city’s growth is closely tied to the growth of the nearby town of Olinda, which has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Touristically, the city is famous for its Old Town, the spectacular Boa Viagem beach, the unrelenting arts and culture scene, vibrant nightlife and two iconic museums. There are many great churches, and also the America’s first Jewish synagogue. The museums all have excellent exhibitions – detailed, well-presented, and thoughtfully laid out.
Aside from three major parks, there’s not much to be done in terms of green spaces. The theatre scene is quite active. Shopping is great too, especially the souvenir kind. Food wise, Pernambuco state’s cuisine is distinct from the rest of Brazil thanks to its greater African and indigenous influence. Beach food is practically its own sub-culture, with an endless number of vendors serving the Boa Viagem beach. The Boa Viagem district also has many great bars, pubs, and nightclubs, which the local young crowd is crazy for.
There are a number of tourist attractions for sightseeing around the city too. For example, Itamaraca Island and Coroa do Aviao islet; Porto de Galinhas, the best beach in the state; Igarassu, the location of Brazil’s oldest church and some great artwork; and the Sao Benedito do Sul waterfalls. Off the shores, there are over 100 shipwrecks to dive to.
Recife Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Recife tips for your visit
- Time Zone: BRT (UTC−3)
- Currency: Brazilian real
- Tipping: You don’t need to tip, except when being dropped to or fro from the airport; and a R$ 5/10 tip for the bellhop at hotels.
- Tourist Traps: Marko Zero, Casa da Cultura
- Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Electricity and Internet:
- Plug type: C, N
- Standard: NBR 14136 127 V; 220 V 60 Hz
- Never drink and drive in Brazil. The police are unbelievably strict, and are allowed to arrest you on mere suspicion.
- Emergencies: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance)
- Robbery is common, so take the usual precaustions.
- The Boa Viagem beach is tiger shark infested.
- Avoid downtown on Sundays.
- Kissing on the cheek is a common greeting, but men should stick handshakes and backslaps with each other.
- Don’t make the ‘OK’ sign with your hand.
- It’s ok and expected to be slightly late.
- Avoid sensitive topics.
- Don’t be late answering social media and email and texts.
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Recife Tourist Information
Recife Tours for you
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Recife
City Tour of Olinda Including Instituto Ricardo Brennand4 Reviews
Duration: 5 Hrs
Come and experience Olinda and Recife, the 'Venice of Brazil' on this 5-hours city tour. See all the highlights of these city...Book Now
Recife Boat Tour1 Reviews
Duration: 3 Hrs
Unforgettable ride through the waters of the Capibaribe River covering the three islands in the center of Recife; Santo Anton...Book Now
Stand up Paddle in Jaboato River from RecifeNew on TripHobo
Duration: 3 Hrs
Increasingly the SUP (Stand Up Paddle) is better known and has more fans around the world. Here in Recife would not be differ...Book Now
5-Day Pernambuco Tour from RecifeNew on TripHobo
Duration: 5 Days
Explore the historical and naturalattractions in Pernambuco during this 5-dayPernambuco tour that begins and ends in Recife. ...Book Now
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Facts and Stats for Recife*
Pollution Statistics in Recife
Know the pollution level of Recife before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 55.77 (Moderate)
Water Pollution 82.69 (Very High)
Noise and Light Pollution 65.38 (High)
Unattended dirt and garbage 78.85 (High)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 63.46 (High)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 78.85 (High)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.69 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 60.42 (High)
Recife: Crime and Safety
How safe is Recife for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Recife.
Burglary and Theft 59.09 (Moderate)
Mugging and Robbery 90.18 (Very High)
Assault and Armed Robbery 94.64 (Very High)
Corruption and Bribery 94.91 (Very High)
Car Stealing 73.21 (High)
Robbery of Car belongings 76.85 (High)
Attacks 68.3 (High)
Drug offense 79.46 (High)
Safety walking alone during daylight 26.82 (Low)
Safety walking alone during night 2.68 (Very Low)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.36 (Moderate)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.98 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 87.5 (Very High)
Living in Recife - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Recife is 73.51 (Moderate)
Safety Index 22.11 (Low)
Climate Index 79.28 (High)
Pollution Index 74.59 (High)
Traffic Commute Time Index 47.82 (High)
Cost of Living Index 42.76 (Very Low)
Health Care Index 60.21 (High)
Property Price to Income Ratio 21.33 (Very High)
Purchasing Power Index 27.96 (Very Low)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Recife
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Recife
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.32 USD
International Movie per seat 7.46 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 41.92 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70.83 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.41 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.