10 Things to Do in State of Pernambuco That You Shouldn't Miss

December 8, 2017 Merry Kessler

Pernambuco (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɛʁnɐ̃ˈbuku]) is a state of Brazil, located in the Northeast region of the country. The state of Pernambuco also includes the archipelago Fernando de Noronha. With an estimated population of 9.2 million people in 2013, it is the seventh most populous state of Brazil, and is the sixth most densely populated and the 19th most extensive among the states and territories of the country. Its capital and largest city, Recife, is one of the most important economic and urban hubs in the country. As of 2013 estimates, Recife's metropolitan area is the fifth most populous in the country, and the largest urban agglomeration in Northeast Brazil.

1. Muro Alto Beach

Pe-009, Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca, State of Pernambuco 55590-000, Brazil
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Muro Alto Beach

Reviewed By SSSharma3452 - Detroit, Michigan

Good beach to visit. The height of reefs help create pools that don't disappear during high tide. Water is a bit colder than other Beaches with natural pools. Not too much fish to see compared with Cupe Beach and Natural Pools of Porto da Galinhas. Still a good option to visit once other pools have disappeared during high tide.

2. Carneiros Beach

Tamandare, State of Pernambuco 55578-000, Brazil
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Carneiros Beach

Reviewed By tottelisa - Stockholm, Sweden

One more destroyed paradise beach.
I can't understand the Brazilian way when they go to the beach? They gadering thousands people on a small spot, having food and drinks enjoying their self. In the afternoon they throw all garbage in the sand. Praia dos Caneiros is dirty! There is two big big restaurants or Moore like amjusmentparks where all thousands of people is packed toghter like crowded fish.
There in between on the beach is some sandy spots but they are private.
Don't waist a day here if you don't like thousands of people, unfriendly staff non English spoken at the restaurant and dirt.

3. Baia do Sancho

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Baia do Sancho

Reviewed By Mell-Elle1 - London, United Kingdom

I don’t understand other reviewers complaining about the difficult access tand at the same time the excess number of tourists on the beach! One should be prepared to put some effort to get to a hidden exotic gem rated as the world’s best beach which understandably won’t be readily available at your doorstep.
When my friend and I were there, we were the only people on the beach and it was surreal! It was February, just after the rain, still very hot and the wet weather didn’t stop us from going down the metal steps between the cliffs. The natural surroundings are absolutely gorgeous, same goes for the water and the best part was the lack of people. Absolutely thrilled with this beach and won’t ever forget the experience!

4. Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Alameda Antonio Brennand | Várzea, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50741-904, Brazil +55(81)2121-0352
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Reviewed By araujo_mariacristina - Brasilia, Brazil

I wanted to visit the other museum which belongs to the brother of Ricardo Brennand who is a real artist but by mistake I was taken by the taxi driver to this Instituto Ricardo Brennand. The place is interesting.

5. Rio Sao Francisco

Petrolina, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 558 reviews

Rio Sao Francisco

Reviewed By Hans J - Mechelen, Belgium

The touristic attraction of this river is mainly the possibility to do Water Sports like jet skype, canoeing, etc... but you can also do some cruzes on the river, and even go up to the lake. For the ones who want it more relaxed there are a lot of good places to eat along the riverside.

6. Nova Jerusalem Theater

Estr. p/ Nova Jerusalém, Brejo da Madre de Deus, State of Pernambuco 55170-000, Brazil +55 81 3732 1574
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 636 reviews

Nova Jerusalem Theater

Reviewed By DPaulsenD - Salt Lake City, Utah

I read the advertisements: largest outdoor Amphitheater in the world with 9 stages. But I had no real idea what that meant...9 stages are 9 Theaters to real life scale...envision chariots racing in front of buildings, Pontus Pilate trying to reason with Jewish priests, to Christ not only crucified, but resurrected into the sky in a plume of smoke. Amazing. The woman in front of me was sobbing, it was all so real.
Be prepared to walk a lot to the nine outdoor Theaters which are quite separated (there is excellent wheelchair service and special viewing areas). Be prepared for crowds. -- 5000 to 10,000 a night ( Monday is the least crowded). Be prepared for excellent acting. Be prepared to be immersed in Christ's last days.
You can still feel the drama if you don't speak Portuguese. Headsets are available, but not everything is translated, and since I knew the story, I preferred not to use them.
This may be a once in a lifetime adventure...don't miss it, and if you come from another country, it's worth planning your trip the week before Easter and immersing yourself in this drama that is so powerfully enacted.

7. Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Rua de Sao Bento s/n, Olinda, State of Pernambuco 53020-080, Brazil (81) 3429-3288
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Reviewed By mccorquinn - Gold Coast, Australia

This great Benedictine monastery was originally built in 1582 and the interior is nothing less than dazzling. The rich wood carving is overlaid with gilt or silver-gilt of the most ornate decorative patterns, all with intricate religious themes. The carvings of the Madonna and of the Saints are intriguing and quite inspiring. Sunday Mass is regularly celebrated in the Gregorian-chant manner at 10.00 am.

8. Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

Reviewed By Pz1965

a safety touristic place in Nordeste. a lot of sun, some rain in winter, sea water at 28.5/31°, whatelse, just order some seafood or crayfish with fried cassava and enjoy

9. Cacimba do Padre Beach

Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cacimba do Padre Beach

A 2015 Travelers’ Choice winner, Cacimba do Padre is famous for seashells and soft sand. Jutting out from the sea is the Two Brothers (Morro Dois Irmaos) rock formation.

Reviewed By Fernanda C

We stopped here while on tour in the island with our guide. It's a beautiful view but the ocean is just too strong for regular swimming. If you don't surf, you might just be better off watching the suffers and tanning. Still, it's a must see. There are good places for lunch nearby.

10. Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damiao, s/n - Varzea | Acesso pela Av. Caxangá, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil (81) 3271-2466
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Reviewed By 2torontotraveller - Toronto, Canada

I visited Francisco Brennand's studio as part of a shore excursion from Recife. Francisco Brennand is a contemporary sculpture artist in Brazil. His studio is set in an old roofing ceramic tile factory that belonged to his father Ricardo. This studio is quite large with several buildings of this works.
A lot of his works are abstract beings involve the female bottom and phallic symbols. I've attached pictures so you can make your own judgements. We were only allowed to take pictures in the outside areas of the compound.

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