Recife in Brazil is the fourth largest city with a population over 4 million people. Located as a major port on the Atlantic Ocean the city gets its name being a city built near a reef, hence Recife. The city dates back to 1537 when settled by the Portuguese who then inturn used Native Indians and Africans as slaves to build and settle the area.
The coastline of Recife is the star attraction to visiting tourists and in particular Boa Viagem Beach that is the place to be and relax beachside close to the city. Another famous beach that has been voted the best beach in Brazil is the beach of Porto de Galinhas located 60 kilometres south of the city. Porto de Galinhas is well worth the effort to see as it has natural rock pools popular among tourists.
There are many wonderful historic sites throughout Recife including many churches with the Golden Chapel being one of the most visited. Another great cathedral is the Pátio de São Pedro known as the Cathedral of Saint Peter. Dating back to 1782 it is located in a tourism hot spot with plenty of surrounding bistros, restaurants and bars.
For markets the best to visit is the Mercado de São José known as the Market of Saint Joseph. The market dates back to 1871 and is a Brazilian wonder with over 500 shops and stalls selling everything from fresh produce to locally made arts and crafts.
To cool down the Veneza Water Park is popular with water slides, rapids, kids land, the Oahu wave pool and even an artificial built river nicknamed the Amazon. The water park is the largest in South America and is located at the beach of Maria Farinah in Paulista.
An event not to miss is the Carnival of Recife held every year in December. Officially starting at the Galo da Madrugada party in downtown Recife, the carnival is complete with street music and attracts more than a million visitors every year.
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