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Recife is Brazil’s sixth-biggest metropolitan area, with 3,743,854 residents, the largest metropolitan area in the North/Northeast Regions, the sixth-largest metropolitan influence area in the country, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. In 2012, the city proper had a population of 1,555,039 people.

Recife was built in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the principal port of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, which was famed for its large-scale sugar cane production. The city is at the junction of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers, just before they reach the Atlantic Ocean. It is a significant port on the Atlantic Ocean’s east coast. Its name refers to the stone reefs that line the city’s coastline. Recife’s landscape is defined by its many rivers, tiny islands, and over 50 bridges, which has earned the city the nickname “Brazilian Venice.” As of 2010, it is Northeast Brazil’s capital city with the highest HDI.

The Metropolitan Region of Recife is the state of Pernambuco’s primary industrial zone; key goods include those generated from cane (sugar and ethanol), ships, oil platforms, and electronics. Numerous industrial enterprises were founded in the 1970s and 1980s as a result of government fiscal incentives. Recife has a long history as the most significant commercial centre in Brazil’s North/Northeastern region, with about 52,500 businesses in the city and another 32,500 in the metro area, for a total of more than 85,000.

Recife has developed into Brazil’s second biggest medical center (second only to So Paulo) as a result of a vast supply of labor and substantial private investment. Modern facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology welcome patients from numerous neighboring states.

Recife is a prominent tourist destination in the Northeast, both for its beaches and for its historic monuments, which date all the way back to the region’s Portuguese and Dutch occupation. Porto de Galinhas beach, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the city, has been frequently named the finest beach in Brazil, attracting a large number of visitors. The Historic Center of Olinda, located 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) north of the city, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and both towns’ Brazilian Carnivals are world-famous.

The city is a center of education and is home to the Federal Institution of Pernambuco, the state’s main university. Numerous historical luminaries from Brazil, including poet and abolitionist Castro Alves, studied at Recife. Recife and Natal are the two Brazilian cities with direct flights to the World Heritage Site of Fernando de Noronha.

The city was one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup host cities. Furthermore, Recife hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and the FIFA World Cup in 1950.

Recife – Info Card

POPULATION :• Municipality 1,555,039
• Metro 3,743,854
FOUNDED : Founded March 12, 1537
Incorporated (as village) 1709
Incorporated (as city) 1823
LANGUAGE :  Portuguese
RELIGION :Catholic Church 54.32 %
Protestant 24.99 %
No religion 14.59 %
Spiritist 3.56 %
Other Christian religiosities 1.59 %
Other 0.67 %
AREA :• Municipality 218 km2 (84.17 sq mi)
• Metro 2,768 km2 (1,068.7 sq mi)
ELEVATION :  10 m (33 ft)
COORDINATES : 8°3′S 34°54′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 46.2%
 Female: 53.8%
ETHNIC :Pardo (Multiracial) people (49.1%), White people (41.4%), Black people (8.3%), Asian people (1%), Amerindian people (0.2%)
POSTAL CODE : 50000-000
WEBSITE :  Recife

Tourism in Recife

Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, is one of the biggest and most significant cities on Brazil’s northeastern coast. This thriving metropolis, built by Dutch invaders, is bursting with a vibrant culture, an intriguing old town (home to the Americas’ oldest synagogue), and some pleasant beaches.

Throughout the year, there are countless festivities, holidays, and other events. Thus, the New Year starts on the beach, at Praia de Boa Viagem, and in the historic district of Recife. Recife and Olinda’s carnival (whose ancient town center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982) starts several weeks in advance in December with endless balls and parades.

Carnival events begin in the city in December, as residents prepare for the formal Carnival, which begins the week before Ash Wednesday. Pre-Carnival gatherings are often comprised of percussion ensembles rehearsing in neighborhood clubs, city streets and squares, and even at Carnival balls. There are several rhythms from various civilizations. Carnival officially begins with the Galo da Madrugada, a celebration in Downtown Recife that attracts thousands of people from numerous Brazilian states and other countries.

Recife is home to several high-quality 3, 4, and 5-star international hotels, as well as pousadas (traditional bed and breakfasts) and apart-hotels totalling more than 11,500 rooms, which increases to more than 30,000 in the Recife metropolitan region.

Mercado de San José (Market of Saint Joseph) is a historic iron structure next to a bustling market. The state museum is located at Fort Cinco Pontes (Fort of Five Points) (Museu do Estado de Pernambuco). The rectangular Pátio de S Pedro is home to the Cathedral S Pedro (Cathedral of Saint Peter), which dates all the way back to 1782, as well as renovated colonial residences filled with restaurants, bistros, and pubs. The Praça da Repblica (Square of the Republic) is located in the Bairro Santo Antônio neighborhood, at the confluence of the Capibaribe and Beberibe rivers. It is home to the Teatro Santa Isabel (Theatre of Saint Isabel), with its neoclassical facade that is well worth seeing, the Law Courts, and the Palácio da Justiça (Palace of the Justice). Casa da Cultura (House of Culture) is a repurposed former jail that has been transformed into a cultural area and commercial mall.

Built between 1835 and 1855, the Malakoff Tower is a Tunisian-style structure that served as an observatory before becoming a cultural center and meeting place for the populace. Arsenal do Marinha Square is where it is situated. It was named after a similar monument on the Crimean peninsula that served as a defense center for Sebastopol.

Recife is home to the Dois Irmos Park Zoo, a 387-hectare Atlantic Forest reserve, and 14-hectare botanical gardens. Additionally, there are 800 wild animals, a Natural Science Museum, and a number of ecological paths. The metropolitan region also boasts a massive water park, Veneza, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Recife. It covers about one million square feet, contains ten million litres of water, and has several water slides for children.


Recife is located on the Atlantic coast, at the confluence of the Capibaribe, Beberibe, and Jordo rivers, at the Americas’ easternmost point. Tropical climate with two distinct seasons: dry (September–March) and wet (April–August). With little variance, the average annual temperature is 26°C (78.8°F). The city, which is located barely two meters above sea level (in certain areas, it is much lower), is divided between rivers, canals, and islands. Recife is referred to as Veneza Brasileira due to the abundance of rivers in its landscape (Brazilian Venice). Recifenses are its 1.5 million residents (3.5 million in the Grande Recife). The economy is built on services. Despite a high rate of poverty, the local Human Development Index (HDI) in 2000 (0.810) was higher than the national average for Brazil (0.800). Recife is internationally renowned for its beaches, history, Carnaval, arts, and gastronomy.


  • Recife Antigo, Rua da Guia,  +55 81 3232-2942. daily 9AM to 9PM.  
  • Mercado de San José, Rua da Guia. Mon to Sat 7AM to 7PM. 
  • Praca de Boa Viagem, Rua da Guia,   +55 81 3182-8297. daily 8AM to 8PM.  
  • Airport,   +55 81 3322-4353. 24 hours a day.  
  • Rodoviária,   +55 81 3452-1704. daily 7AM to 7PM.
  • Patió de São Pedro,   +55 81 3452-1704.  

Climate of Recife

Recife has a tropical climate (as defined by the Köppen climatic classification), with year-round temperatures ranging from moderate to hot and a high relative humidity. These circumstances are alleviated, however, by the delightful trade breezes that sweep in from the ocean. The city has a tropical monsoon climate, according to the Köppen climate classification. January and February are the hottest months, with mean temperatures ranging from 30 °C (86 °F) to 22 °C (72 °F), with plenty of sunshine; July is the cloudiest month, with mean temperatures ranging from 27 °C (81 °F) to 21 °C (70 °F), and is the wettest, with an average of 388 millimetres (15.3 in) of rain. November is the driest and sunniest month, with maximum temperatures hovering around 30 °C (86 °F) with an average rainfall of 36 millimetres (1.4 in).

Geography of Recife

Recife weather is often warm due to the city’s closeness to the equator. Recife is crisscrossed with islands, rivers, canals, and bridges. Recife is surrounded by tropical woods, which are characterized by excessive rainfall, which results in poor soil quality as nutrients are washed away. Due to the trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean, there are no severe temperatures and a pleasant breeze.

Economy of Recife

GDP was R$46,445,339,000 in 2013, according to IBGE figures. Additionally, the GDP per capita was R$29,037.

Recife is one of the most important business centers in Brazil, owing to the presence of an international airport and two international ports. One is situated inside the town, while the other is located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) away at the port of Suape. The region’s primary industrial district is located just south of Recife and is home to the following industries: brewing and canning, shipbuilding, automotive, electronics, tube manufacturing, chocolate production, and textiles.

Recife has benefited from Northeastern Brazil’s wealth as a consequence of development fostered after 1960 by the government organization Sudene (Superintendência para o Desenvolvimento do Nordeste). While its retail and wholesale trades have expanded in response to the region’s population and income growth, the market area and sidewalks along the city’s bridges remain densely packed with merchants selling little products.


Recife features a technological district dubbed “Porto Digital” (Digital Port), which is home to over 90 enterprises and 3,000 high-tech jobs. It began operations in July 2000 and has subsequently garnered significant investment. It generates around R$10 billion (Brazilian Reais) in annual revenue and exports technology to the United States, India, Japan, and China, among other nations. Porto Digital’s primary business is software production. The Porto Digital cluster is mostly comprised of small and medium-sized businesses, although multinationals like as Accenture, Motorola, Samsung, Dell, and Sun Microsystems are also present. IBM and Microsoft established regional offices in Recife.

Porto Digital’s businesses have access to a ready pool of talent because to the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), which has one of the strongest computer science departments in Latin America. In 1996, the year Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW) developed the Java programming language, the school started educating programmers how to utilize it. Additionally, professors at the institution collaborated to develop Centro de Estudos e Sistemas Avançados do Recife (C.E.S.A.R), a business incubator that has been instrumental in the formation of more than 30 businesses.


Recife is regarded one of the largest logistical centers in Brazil due to its ports, airport, and geographic position in the northeastern area of the country. The economic sector of logistics and communications employs 4% of the population in Recife, 12.3% in Jaboato dos Guararapes, and more than 9% throughout the Metropolitan Area. These figures could increase by the end of 2010 with the completion of Transnordestina (the main NE Trainline with a 1,800/1,118 km/mi extension that will cross three states and connect 34 municipalities in Pernambuco alone) products with Suape port (PE) and Pecem port (CE), at an estimated cost of approximately 4.5 R$.

Recife has long profited from its geographic centrality in the Northeast. Within a 200-mile (320-kilometer) radius of Recife, four state capitals, two international and three regional airports, five international ports, 12 million inhabitants, 51% of Northeast’s research centers, and 35% of the region’s GDP may be found. Similarly, there are seven state capitals within a 500-mile (800-kilometer) radius, five international and five regional airports, nine international ports, and two fluvial ports.

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