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Recife is the place to fly into for stays in its neighboring town of Olinda, and the wonderful beaches to the south.


Modern and busy, Recife itself holds little of real interest to the Audley visitor, but perched on a hilltop overlooking it is the colonial gem of Olinda.


Time has stood still in the center of old Olinda where the cobbled streets are home to magnificent Baroque churches and convents, pastel-colored houses, mansions and Baroque fountains. Dotted with shady plazas and swaying palm trees, and steeped in history, it is not a surprise that bohemian Olinda has been given UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status.

For a beach stay after some time exploring here, the coast south of Recife and Olinda is delightful and has some good resorts and pousadas.

Porto de Galinhas

The village of Porto de Galinhas has a particularly good beach. Framed with palms, it looks out to shallow coral rock pools and a sea speckled with brightly colored darting fish.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Recife & Olinda

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Recife & Olinda, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Recife & Olinda

    Accommodation choices for Recife & Olinda

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Recife & Olinda. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel 7 Colinas, Olinda

      Hotel 7 Colinas


      The hotel is located in the heart of the colonial town of Olinda and is set in lush green gardens full of fruit trees and coconut palms.

    • Pousada do Amparo, Olinda

      Pousada Do Amparo


      The Amparo is a beautifully decorated traditional pousada in the center of Olinda.

    • Pousada Quatro Cantos, Olinda

      Pousada Quatro Cantos


      This charming 120 year old house provides an ideal location for exploring Olinda and claims to be the first pousada in Brazil, having opened 25 years ago.