By planeThe nearest airport is Recife Guarapes Airport. A taxi to/from the airport will cost some R$ 40.
By busOlinda is approximately 7 km from the center of Recife, with plenty of local buses running in between. The main bus stop in Olinda is Praça do Carmo, which is easy to miss.
By taxiTaxis from the center of Recife to Olinda take about 20 minutes.
it's not tangible, it's all desire.
No one says, "That's where I live."
They just say, "That's where I see."
Celebrated Brazilian poet Carlos Pena Filho,
in his poem Olinda.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmoaddress: Praça do Carmo
Convento São Franciscoaddress: Praça do CarmoThe Mosteiro de São Bento (1582) and Convento São Francisco (1585) are very important buildings of baroque Brazil. The Convento São Francisco is a large building containing the convent proper, the Capela de São Roque chapel and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Neves church.
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça and Seminario de OlindaBuilt in 1549.
Igreja da Séaddress: Alto da Sé (Cathedral Heights)Also known as Church of São Salvador do Mundo, this was the first church built in Brazil. It was built in 1540 and was briefly a Protestant church during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century.
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
Igreja da MisericórdiaBuilt in 1540, with fine azulejos (ceramic tiles) and gilded carvings.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Amparoaddress: Rua Saldanha MarinhoRestored church dating from 1613.
Mosteiro de São BentoThis huge monastery was built in 1582 and housed Brazil's first law school. In the chapel are exceptional woodcarvings. Holy mass is celebrated on Sun at 10:30AM with Gregorian chant.
address: Rua 13 de Maio, 149The museum's collection includes works by famous Brazilian artists, including Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Cícero Dias, João Câmara, Telles Junior, Eliseu Visconti, Djanira, Wellington Virgolino, Guinard, Adolph Gottielib, Burle Max and Francisco Brennand. The historical building in which the museum is located dates from 1756 and was the only ecclesiastical prision in Brazil during the Inquisition.
address: Rua do Amparo, 128The museum recreates scenes of domestic and social life of the residents of Olinda in the 1700s. Displays include colonial furniture, decorative arts, painted ceramic tilework, pictures and Brazilian and Portuguese sacred art.
address: Rua de São Bento, 344.
phone: +55 81 3184-3154address: Rua Bispo Coutinho, 726 - Alto da Sé.Former city hall (1535) and Episcopal palace (1676), nowadays the building houses a rich collection of religious art with pieces dating back to the 16th century.
- Belvedere Alto da Sé, located at the yard of Church of Alto da Se. To the east, one can see the Atlantic Ocean; to the west, the urban scenery.
- Mercado da Ribeira is an 18th century building which now houses art galleries and souvenir shops.
- Rua do Amparo - restaurants, museums, hotels and art studios.
- Serenades - groups of singers and musicians play old traditional songs through the city streets on Friday evenings.
Angola Mae Capoeira Schooladdress: Rua Ilma Cunha 243
CarnavalQuite different from those of Rio and Salvador this is a lively street party, where blocos parade accompanied by frevo and maracatu music. There is a certain activity during the weeks before (and some after), but the party itself explodes on the official dates, from Friday evening until Wednesday morning. Its most famous representative are the giant dolls carried on the shoulders of the people. The parties are non-stop, 24 hours, but the bulk of the crowd fills the streets daytime. When looking for accommodation, bear in mind that the most central streets get very noisy.
BeachesThe beach in Olinda proper is polluted. Local buses can take you north to Pau Amarelo and Maria Farinha.
- Local crafts and artwork. Be wary of making your purchases in or near Alto da Sé, as prices there tend to be inflated due to the constant flow of tourists. The Mercado da Ribeira houses a variety of shops.
- Musical instruments, such as those used in maracatu and forró.
- Sargação, near Praça do Carmo near the beachfront, serves sandwiches and burgers until the late night hours.
- Alto da Sé hosts a variety of food vendors, with a lively environment in the early evening.
- Mourisco, Praça João Alfredo, offers self service at a reasonable price.
Oficina do Saborphone: +55 81 3429-3331address: Rua do Amparo 335If you wish to splurge, Oficina do Sabor offers a privileged view of Recife. Try the baked pumpkin stuffed with shrimp or fish, cooked in coconut sauce (R$18).
- Mercado Eufrasio Barbosa often hosts cultural presentations and live music shows.
- Xinxim da Bahiana (Avenida Sigismundo Gonçalves, near Praça do Carmo) hosts live bands and DJs throughout the week. Especially interesting are forró on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
- Every other Saturday, the neighborhood of Amparo (adjacent to the Historic Center), hosts a street party featuring the local rhythm of samba de coco.
- Casa da Rabeca do Brasil (Rua Curupira, 125), in Cidade Tabajara(outside of town, accessible by bus or taxi), hosts a forró party every Saturday night.
- Maracatu nations often hold open rehearsals throughout the year.
phone: +55 81 3429-1592address: Rua do Sol, 333Hostel.
Pousada Alquimiaphone: +55 81 3429-1457address: Rua Prudente de Morais, 292Charming pousada with a bit worn, but very clean rooms. Excellent location close to the main square! The owner, Djair, is a very friendly sailor-like guy who makes a great breakfast (included). Small book-exchange (a few non-portuguese) and cool decorations.
phone: +55 81 3439-1163address: Praça Conselheiro João Alfredo, 128
phone: +55 81 3429-0220address: Rua Prudente de Moraes, 441Former colonial weekend house, a delightful place to stay.
Casa do Hiltonaddress: Rua do Sol, 77
Pousada do Fortimaddress: Rua do Sol, 151
phone: +55 81 3493-2617address: Rua da Bertioga, 93A ventilated room with a view of Olinda, Recife and Atlantic. Owners speak Portuguese, English and German. Internet Wi-Fi, refrigerator, TV, independent entrance and proper bathroom.
phone: +55 81 3439-1749address: Rua do Amparo 191
phone: +55 81 3439-2171address: Rua do Amparo 215
phone: +55 81 3439-6055address: Ladeira de São Francisco, 307 - Centro
Tourist Informationphone: +55 81 3305-1048address: Praça do Carmo 100
Prontolinda Medical Servicesphone: +55 81 3431-8000
Post Officeaddress: near Praça do Carmo
Telemar telephone officeaddress: Praça do Carmo
Olinda Internet Cafeaddress: Praça do Carmo 5-BInternet access.
Olind@.comaddress: Praça Joao Pessoa 15Internet access.
Banco do Brasiladdress: Av Getulio Vargas
- Visit Recife, only 7km away, worth a visit.
- Take a local bus to Igarassu and visit the oldest church in Brazil.
- Take a bus through Igarassu to Ilha de Itamaracá. There are beautiful beaches, as well as the Centro Cultural de Lia, a cultural center that specializes in the local rhythm called ciranda. If in Itamaracá, do not miss the famous Coroa do Avião (a small, beautiful, sandy island), the IBAMA Centro Peixe Boi (a center for the preservation of the manatee) and the Forte Orange (a 17th century Dutch fortress).
- Local buses also make the trip to beaches north of Olinda, including Pau Amarelo and Maria Farinha.