Sunset in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil

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 Patio de Sao Pedro.

A short drive from Recife, colonial UNESCO-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 and brightly coloured colonial buildings.

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Beaches of North-East Brazil

This trip is all about the coast, of which Brazil has over 6,000 miles to choose from. Notably, it is the northeast area that boasts some of the finest beaches, vistas, hotels and activity options.
Therefore whether you want to relax and enjoy your hotel, or get in the water and get active, this holiday is the perfect choice for you.

11 days

from £5,170 pp

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Lencois Lagoon, Brazil
Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil

A little more about North East Brazil

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 Lencois Maranhenses National Park, is a spectacular area with vast sand dunes and crystal-clear lagoons. This is a fantastic area to see by 4×4, best seen from May to September when the lagoons have filled.


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Fish Market, Brazil

Taste Brazilian Cuisine

Sample the tasty local cuisine that is unique to the northeast, a culinary scene that is abundant with seafood found off its shores.

Church, Olinda, Brazil

Explore Colonial Towns

Visit hillside Olinda, one of the prettiest and best preserved of Brazil’s colonial towns, to see its 18th-century architecture, baroque churches and brightly painted houses.

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Frevo Umbrella, Olinda Carnival, Brazil

Attend Olinda Carnival

Soak up the atmosphere at a lively street party, watching parades of giant madrugadas (puppets) and blocos (street bands) as they lead the procession.

Conceicao Beach, Fernando De Noronha, Brazil

Fly to Fernando de Noronha

Fly out to the remote Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a pristine marine sanctuary with crystalline waters and plentiful birdlife.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Pousada Toca do Coruja £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Situated in a tropical garden and just a short walking distance away from the town of Pipa, Pousada Toca da Coruja is surrounded by trees and wildlife that includes monkeys, iguanas and hummingbirds. A tranquil hideaway within an Atlantic rainforest reserve, Pousada Toca do Coruja is a colonial gem just steps away from the beach. This charming and cosy farmhouse-style property offers a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre, library, pool bar and restaurant, and has been elected by Conde Nast Traveller in the category of Most Romantic Hotels.

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Nannai Beach Resort £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Nannai Beach Resort is beautifully situated on the beach of Muro Alto. The beach and offshore reefs form a beautiful two and a half kilometre-long tide pool, with a sandy bed. The Resort features an extensive 6,000m² set of pools with refreshing, crystal-clear water. Facilities include restaurants, the main pool with swimming lanes, exclusive Jacuzzi areas, water volleyball, a beautiful beach with fantastic sea view, a children’s area and a pool bar. There are different categories of apartments, bungalows have a private swimming pool or Jacuzzi.

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Kenoa Resort and Spa £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Located approximately 20 miles from Maceio, Kenoa Resort and Spa is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and tropical forest of Barra de Sao Miguel. The hotel offers 11 suites and 12 villas, one with Japanese bathtub, courtyard gardens or private pools. The villas are on the beach front, whilst the apartments are set within the main building above the beach, with views across the forest or ocean. An elevated outdoor lounge scattered with cushions and low tables is the perfect spot for after-dinner stargazing. The Kaamo restaurant offers national and international culinary dishes.

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Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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