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Amazonas - Brazil
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How to Reach

By plane

Recife's modern Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport  (REC) is efficient, user-friendly and close to the city. There are direct scheduled flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Campinas, Caruaru, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fernando de Noronha, Fortaleza, Maceió, Natal, João Pessoa, Aracaju, Petrolina, Campina Grande, Juazeiro do Norte, as well as to Buenos Aires, Frankfurt (Condor , Madrid (Iberia), Miami (American Airlines), Lisbon (TAP), Madrid, Oporto and Paris. There are also regular charter flights from other European cities, such as Milan, Helsinki and Amsterdam.

By car

Some distances by road: Olinda (7 Km), Cabo de Santo Agostinho (33 Km), Igarassu (39 Km), Itamaracá (49 Km), Porto de Galinhas (64 Km), Tamandaré (99 Km), Caruaru (135 Km), Garanhuns (245 Km), Serra Talhada (410 Km), Triunfo (450 Km), Serrita (544 Km), Araripina (690 Km) and Petrolina (740 Km).

By Bus

Recife's long-distance bus terminal, Terminal Integrado de Passageiros (TIP), is way out in the suburbs. For information, Bus companies have booths at the Central MetroRec station in town, so at least you do not have to trek out just to buy advance bus tickets.

By sea

You can arrive in cruise ships at the Port of Recife

Cruises may come from other Brazilian states, from other countries in South America and the Caribbean, or from Europe. Transatlantic cruise liners include Holland America Line ms Rotterdam  Holland America Line ms Prisendam , Oceania Cruises Insignia SeaDream Yacht Club, Royal Caribbean International Splendour of the Sea P&O Cruises Artemis  Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth II, among others.

Key places to visit
Convento Franciscano de Santo Antônio, São Pedro dos Clérigos, Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Santíssimo Sacramento, Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Homens Pretos


Places to Visit
  • Convento Franciscano de Santo Antônio (Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony). Rua Imperador Pedro II, Santo Antônio, (Centro),. Open: Mon-Fri 8AM-11:30AM and 2PM-5PM, Sat 8AM-11:30AM. One of the city's biggest attractions, a convent containing the ostentatious Capela Dourada (Golden Chapel), which certainly lives up to its name. Built in 1588, it is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Brazil. Altar with gold covered engravings, beautiful paintings on the ceiling an impressive amount of Portuguese-style tiled panels. The convent also houses the Museu Franciscano de Arte Sagrada (Franciscan Museum of Sacred Art).
  • São Pedro dos Clérigos (Saint Peter of Clerics Cathedral). Pátio de Sao José (Centro),. Built between 1728 and 1782, the cathedral is in the charming Saint Peter Square, surrounded by colorful colonial buildings. It is a replica of the Santa Maria Maggiore Sanctuary in Rome. Rosewood altar; pulpit engraved in gold; wooden ceiling sculpted with images of Saint Peter, the twelve apostles and the evangelists. Blend of baroque art, 16th century mannerism, as well as rococo and neoclassic elements.
  • Nossa Senhora do Carmo (Our Lady of Carmel Basilica and Convent). Avenida Dantas Barreto, Santo Antônio (Centro), Open: Mo-Fr from 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-noon, Su 8AM-noon and 6PM-9PM. Built between 1710-1767, where the Boa Vista Palace built by the Dutch governor of Northeastern Brazil once stood. A religious art collection can also be visited. Baroque in style; altar with gold engravings and crowns of gold and precious stones. One of the rooms is covered with Portuguese tiles.
  • Santíssimo Sacramento - Matriz de Santo Antônio (Holy Sacrament - Saint Anthony Mother Church). Praça da Independência, Santo Antônio (Centro). Open: daily, 7AM-noon and 2PM-6PM. Built between 1753 and 1790, the church is in manueline/baroque style. Interior decorated with enormous crystal chandelier and images of Saint Anthony and Saint Sebastian.
  • Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Homens Pretos (Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black Men). Rua Estreita do Rosário, Santo Antônio (Centro). Open: Mo-Fr 9AM-1:30PM and 2:30PM-6PM, Sat 8AM-noon. Erected by African-Brazilian slaves in the 17th century. Main wooden altar engraved in gold; lateral altars display images from the 18th century.
Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December