Ricardo Brennand Institute Recife Pernambuco-Brazil Photo Formats
The Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand is a museum on the outskirts of Recife. In this unusual space you can view the works of Francisco Brennand, who was born in 1927 and considered the country's greatest ceramicist. The rainforest garden includes fascinating sculptures, temples and arches. It's best reached by taxi and can be combined with a visit to Instituto Ricardo Brennand.
Church in Recife, Brazil
Old Recife boasts many charming historic churches that are worth a visit. One in particular is Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, or the Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage, in the south part of town. The photogenic turquoise church was built in 1656 on the ground of a significant battle that ousted the occupying Dutch forces.
Many people visit Recife for its warm-water, white-sand beaches. The lively 7-kilometers-long Boa Viagem Beach is lined with kiosks, bars, hotels and restaurants, offering superb views of the Atlantic. Along the shoreline are natural reefs, which the city was named after. Look for tide pools when the tide is low. The beach of Porto de Galinhas, 60 kilometers south, is also gorgeous.
Mouthwatering food is everywhere in Recife. The restaurants in the old town stay open until late at night, but those in the downtown area close earlier. Enjoy some grilled fish, shrimp dishes and local tropical fruit cocktails. Bercy Village is a great place for crepes, salads and sandwiches. Go to Chica Pitanga for a well-stocked buffet and to Restaurante do Geraldo for excellent omelets, local dishes and desserts.
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand is the place to go for extraordinary pottery. In the area around Igreja São Pedro, you'll find lots of artesanato (craft goods), including in the Mercado de São José. Look out for stunning woodwork and paper and cloth prints. The Casa da Cultura, located in a historic former prison, is another lovely artisanal marketplace.
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