Capital of the state of Pernambuco, offering a cultural atmosphere and parties all year long
Dishes you can't miss
Bolo de rolo
Typical sweet made of dough, with tropical flavors.
Paçoca de carne do sol
Stew of dried meat with spices.
Stew with cassava flour and shrimps.
Refreshing beer served with plenty of froth.
Typical food of Recife, Brazil
Recife, known as the Brazilian Venice, has a typical cuisine, result of the evolution of Portuguese and African dishes, combined with local ingredients to offer exotic dishes.
Recife features a wide and diverse cuisine. Among regional dishes you will find "peixada pernambucana," a dish made with hake and shellfish with carrots, vegetable pear, potatoes, cassava flour, and boiled eggs, prepared in a clay casserole and decorated with chopped coriander. Another dish you can try is "pacoca de carne de sol," dried and shredded meat with pepper, onion, white vinegar, and soy oil. "Caruru" is a typical stew from Recife which is cooked with cassava flour, shrimp, ground peanuts, onion, palm oil, pepper, garlic, and ginger. It is served hot in a clay pot, along with "acaraje," a dough made from beans with onion, shrimp, salt, and pepper, fried in palm oil; it is a typical and common dish in this region.
"Bolo de rolo" is a traditional sweet prepared with layers of fine dough stuffed with guava, walnuts, milk caramel, passion fruit, and chocolate. It is served in slices.
La Casa dos Frios is one of the places where you can try this traditional dessert, along with tropical mango juice, papaya, pineapple, or passion fruit. If you prefer something more refreshing, we recommend that you to try Chope, a beer very popular in bars and food establishments served very frothy.
The best season to visit Recife is from mid-December to February, when the days are sunnier and dryer.
If you wish to explore Recife, we recommend that you wear comfortable and non-slip shoes, along with light clothing.
We suggest you to use sunscreen and to go out with a light windbreaker and an umbrella or a rain jacket.
The weather in Recife, Brazil
Recife has a tropical monsoon climate with high levels of humidity. Temperatures are constant throughout the year, with an annual average of 25 °C (77 °F). The average precipitation is 205 mm (8.1 in) per month, although there is a dry season and a rainy season.
What to bring by season
Dry season (September to February): Recife has a warm climate with high humidity. Rainfall is sporadic, increasing at the beginning and the end of it. Temperatures range between 22 and 29 °C (72 and 84 °F); the hottest months are from October to February, with high temperatures of 30 °C (86 °F). The driest and sunniest month is November, with high temperatures of 30 °C (86 °F) and 48 mm (2 in) of precipitation. We recommend that you to bring light clothing made of natural fibers which will help you to stay cool, as well as sunscreen and a cap or a hat.
Rainy season (March to August): the rainiest months are from March to September, with an average of 288 mm (11 in) and 22 rainy days, being June the rainiest, with 25 rainy days. Remember to bring a portable umbrella and waterproof non-slip shoes.
Recife was founded in 1537 on the northeast coast of Brazil by Dutch citizens and it was one of the first areas to be colonized by the Portuguese. The capital of the state of Pernambuco has turned into a major commercial, tourist, and cultural zone of Brazil. The city owes its name to the coral reefs located in its coats. The beaches are its main attractions; Boa Viagem is considered one of the most beautiful of Brazil, with natural reefs and places for sports. In the historic center and its surroundings you can find other attractions, including museums, cultural centers, public squares, bars, and coffee shops, featuring a folkloric atmosphere that invites visitors to explore the city.
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue is the oldest synagogue of America and Atelier de Ceramica de Francisco Brennan is a center of Brazilian contemporary art exhibiting paintings and sculptures along its garden. Torre Malakoff is a cultural hub in a Tunisian-style building, which originally was built as an observatory at the square of Arsenal de la Marina. Museu do Recife is at the Cinco Pontas Fort, where you can learn about the history of the capital city through its paintings and objects. Cathedral Sao Pedro was built in 1782 at the square of San Pedro, where you will also find many buildings from the colonial period, now open as restaurants and bars.
As in most Brazilian cities, the botecos are popular in nightlife, offering regional drinks and snacks such as "picanha" and "pesticos." Recife is a city with many festivities throughout the year, being its carnival the most popular, starting on December with Galo da Madrugada, the largest carnival group in the world. The city also features markets in different neighborhoods. The most visited is Mercado Sao Jose, set in a metallic building from the 19th century. In the historic center you will also find Casa da Cultura, a former prison which turned into an artisan center. There large malls as Shopping Center Recife, Shopping Center Tacaruna, Shopping Paco da Alfandega, and Plaza Shopping Casa Forte, offering stores, restaurants, and movie theaters.
***The official currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL).