Recife, the fourth largest city in Brazil, is less modern and cosmopolitan than its counterparts.
It is a relatively new tourist destination, so we may appear a novelty to its inhabitants, particularly in the nearby fishing villages.
Recife got its name from the long coastal reef that protects the city's harbour. It is a major city port whose energy and culture are derived from a long tradition of ocean trading. Often referred to as the Venice of Brazil because of its many canals, bridges, and tiny one-way streets, Recife is an exciting city to wander through, coming across sights of historical and architectural interest round every corner. Visit the hillside town of Olinda and its church and Convents.