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How to get to Recife:

Some Airlines fly to Recife from outside of Brazil. Here is a list:

American Airlines / Condor / Copa Airlines / TAP.

It has at least two or more daily flights to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília.

To learn which companies Fly to these cities, see the “about” section of each city or scroll down below to the "Learn More About Related Destinations".


Recife is located in the Northeast of Brazil in the State of Pernambuco. Just 2:30 hours from Recife is the city of João Pessoa, where you can extend your vacation for days of just drop by for the day. Little over an 1:00  hour away, is Porto de Galinhas. The famous beach is a paradise to Brazilians and foreigners alike, with its natural pools, warm and transparent waters. A reason as to why Porto de Galinhas is one of the most sought-after beaches in the regions, has a bit to do with Recife not being the ideal place to go for a swim, as it is not uncommon to spot sharks there. Porto de Galinhas on the other hand is protected by reefs.

Recife is ideally bundled with Rio, João Pessoa as well as Natal and Fortaleza, which also offer a few daily flights to and from Recife. It is also the best departure point to reach Fernando de Noronha, the Paradisiac Island off the coast of Brazil.

What to see:

The capital of Pernambuco state has its heart in the old town, containing a highly conserved historic center, preserving a wealth of details that impress everyone visiting the city.

Although the beaches in the city are not safe for swimming, because of the risk of sharks, beaches in nearby towns are totally safe. Even better than just being save, they are natural paradises, with clean and warm water, as the beaches of Igarassu and Itamaracá. Another major attraction is Porto de Galinhas, with its crystal clear waters: a fishing village turned into one of the most visited spots in the northeast, with amazing hotels and local cuisine that will leave your mouth watering.

Near the city of Recife you will find Olinda, a small and charming town of historical nature, where you can feel the living history among its houses, churches and bucolic landscapes when walking on foot through its streets.

Climate and Temperature in Recife:

Like many other northeastern capitals, warm throughout the year with rains during the winter. But Recife is slightly cooler than Natal or João Pessoa.

In Recife and nearby beaches such as Porto de Galinhas or Cabo de Santo Agostinho you will find warm Waters for you to bathe in.

The water temperature is around of 27 Degrees Celsius or 81 Degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature average throughout the year is of a maximum of 30 Degrees Celsius and the minimum slightly above 20 Degrees Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit.

Is slightly colder from May through August.

The rainy season is from March through August. The months of October through January get the less rain.

Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature Over The Year In Celsius

Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature Over The Year In Fahrenheit

Average Rainy Days

Average Water Temperature Over The Year In Celsius

Average Water Temperature Over The Year In Fahrenheit

*Graphs courtesy of World Wheather & Climate Information 

The Best time to go to Recife:

Assuming you want good chances of getting sunny warm weather, the best time to go to Recife are in the months of October, November, December and January.

What to try from Recife's local cuisine:

Tapioca – Is made from a starch extracted from the Cassava Root. It is spread on a frying pan, fried and then it turns into a sort of dried crepe, to which you can add different fillings. The most traditional ones are coconut or cheese curd.  

Bolo de Rolo – The special touch in this traditional dessert from Pernambuco is an added layer of melted guava along with your average cake batter.

General Information

Local Time is UCT/GMT – 3

Currency is the same all over Brazil - BRL – R$ - Brazilian Reais. Pronounced as Re-eyes (plural) or Re-owl (singular). No establishment accepts payment in any currency other than BRL.

Tap water is not drinkable. You should only drink bottled water. That is what you’ll be served when you ask for “water” anywhere you go.

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Nearby Destinations

Fernando de Noronha

João Pessoa

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Map of Recife