Even though the city of Recife is the fifth largest metropolitan area in the South American country of Brazil, it has only recently popped up on the tourism radar. It is not as modern or as cosmopolitan as Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, but it is a beautiful city on the coast that is surrounded by a coastal reef and lush vegetation.
The name of the city comes from the Portuguese for ‘reef’, which obviously refers to the long and protective coastal reef on the shore. It is a major port city that has an interesting mix of architecture, featuring high rises, colonial churches, and outdoor markets in a unique mixture of tradition and modernisation. It is also called the ‘Venice of Brazil’ as there are many canals, bridges, and one-way streets across the city. The weather here in this slice of Brazil is typical tropical temperatures that vary little. Rainy in the winter months of June and July, the summer months of mid-December to February are peak season and the warmest.