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Hans von Manteuffel
Itamaracá is a laid-back city-island just off the coast of Pernambuco, Brazil. Its beaches have been a major weekend and holiday destination for decades, especially for inhabitants of the nearby cities Recife and Olinda, which are both just about 30km away. Apart from its pleasant sands, the island offers a range of water sports activities and is home to an old colonial fortress and a sea mammal centre. Itamaracá has a somewhat slower pace than some of the more up to date tourist destinations in the region, and don't expect shiny new night clubs or top notch shopping experiences here. The way to go here is to kick back under a palm tree or find yourself a hammock to relax in.


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