Recife, Brazil

Recife was a world cup venue, so you may have seen some of it on TV before.

It has a fantastic beach to its south, the popular Boa Viagem Beach. It is sheltered by reefs and lined by tall apartment blocks. The beach would be our preferred option should we go back there.

Recife is the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, and the historic old town dates to the 16th century. Changing money is not easy, even in banks. Dollars, pounds, and Euros are not the accepted currency, and Portuguese is the main language. Take a look at the film and note we suggest you do not carry a bag and do not wear your jewellery, and that according to locals means rings. Having said that, we were mindful of what and who was around us and the most approaches from locals were to Jean telling her to put her bag over her neck. Personally, I think her neck is worth more than the bag. In general, the people were friendly, and we had no trouble. We walked into town as you will see in the film, and the biggest danger was potholes and deep, deep, storm gulleys. You will see Jean get caught on the way into town.



  • In the video –
  • 0:00 – Arrival by ship
  • 0:19 – Fisherman in the way
  • 0:55 – Walk into town
  • 1:50 – Tourist shop at port
  • 2:47 – Cultural Centre (5 on map)
  • 3:10 – Map
  • 3:20 – Poets Corner
  • 3:52 – Carnival Museum
  • 4:28 – Puppet Theatre cafe
  • 5:00 – Mother of God Church (15 on map)
  • 5:35 – Three Bridges
  • 6:50 – Downtown
  • 7:00 – Bag warning
  • 7:24 – San Antonio Church
  • 7:40 – Basilica du Carmo (26 on map)
  • 8:44 – Brotherhood Chapel

The route Jean walked in this film is shaded slightly pink/yellow. Jean explains the Recife we saw and the tour options available. The beach is also available. There are buses and a metro train.