Recife is a large coastal city in northeastern Brazil. It is the commercial and industrial center in the region, with booming sugar cane and services sectors that raise standard of living in the city above Brazil’s national average. The city is also home to some of Brazil’s most advanced hospitals and medical care. Recife is built on a delta where two large rivers meet, and is spliced through with ... read more
rivers, islands and bridges. This unique layout has resulted in Recife gaining the title of ‘Brazilian Venice.’ The city’s most popular attractions are its beaches, especially Boa Viagem Beach, which is widely considered one of the most beautiful and fun urban beaches in the world. Another popular beach is Porto de Galinhas, home to the wildest parties on New Years and Carnival. Numerous museums dot the city, many having to do with Recife’s colonial past. Also close by are the Fernando de Noronha Islands, a protected archipelago just off Recife’s cost.