8 days in Recife & Olinda Itinerary

8 days in Recife & Olinda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock State of Pernambuco trip itinerary planner

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Recife
— 5 nights
Drive
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Olinda
— 2 nights
Drive

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Recife

— 5 nights

Brazilian Venice

Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Recife: Porto de Galinhas (Nata Artesanato, Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, &more) and Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ricardo Brennand Institute, enjoy the sand and surf at Boa Viagem Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Recife road trip planning tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Recife. In March in Recife, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Olinda.

Things to do in Recife

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Olinda

— 2 nights
Displaying some of Brazil's best-preserved colonial architecture, the World Heritage-listed city of Olinda has long served as a hub for artists and bohemians.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Vilanova, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Olinda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Monastery of Sao Bento. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Sao Francisco, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanato da Se, then deepen your understanding at Casa dos Bonecos Gigantes, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Caixa d'Agua Alto da Se / Elevador Panoramico.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Olinda online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Recife to Olinda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Olinda are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Olinda

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping