Why you should visit North East Brazil
- Olinda is one of the prettiest and best preserved of Brazil’s colonial towns
- Break your journey to the tropical island of Fernando do Noronha with a few days in Olinda
- Tasty cuisine unique to the north east, dominated by the abundant seafood found off these shores
- Carnival in Olinda is a lively street party with parades of giant madrugadas (puppets) and bloco’s (street bands) leading the lively procession
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Spend a week or two on a self-drive adventure along the stunning north eastern coast of Brazil, taking in the fishing villages and beaches of the region such as Gaibu and Porto de Galinhas.
A little more about North East Brazil
Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, is a large and bustling industrial city used as a transit point to Olinda, and home to resorts such as Porto de Galinhas and Nannai Beach. Although much of Recife’s colonial architecture is swathed by clusters of glassy skyscrapers, it does offer some pockets of historical interest particularly on Pátio de São Pedro. A short drive from Recife, colonial UESCO-listed Olinda sits atop a palm tree filled hill, overlooking the turquoise ocean. The blend of Dutch and Portuguese influence can be seen across the town, particularly evident in the beautiful Baroque churches, brightly coloured colonial buildings and pretty plazas.
A stay at one of the town’s charming pousadas makes for a lovely combination with a few relaxing days on the coast. For a more memorable experience of Pernambuco visit Recife and Olinda during the vivacious carnival season. Don’t miss the elaborate costumes and mesmerising beats of the multicultural Galo da Madrugada street parade in Recife, or the bloco’s (street bands) leading a parade of enormous dolls through the cobblestone streets of Olinda. The Lençois Maranhenses National Park, is a spectacular area with vast sand dunes and crystal-clear lagoons. This is a fantastic area to see by 4x4, best seen from May to September when the lagoons have filled.
When to go to North East Brazil
A year round destination, however September through to April are the driest months with lovely sunny days.