Recife & Historic Olinda

  • Port

    Recife, Brazil

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

A charming feature of this must-see tour is that it crosses many of Recife's graceful bridges and passes along Boa Viagem Beach, a favorite with the locals. Watch for the Governor's Mansion, which houses the city's administrative offices.

Drive by motorcoach five miles north to the colonial city of Olinda, founded by the Portuguese in 1537 and now a National Monument of Brazil. In 1982, Olinda was awarded status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, leading to the restoration of this once-proud city. Local residents are now bound by historic area zoning rules and by-laws that restrict redevelopment and preserve the remaining colonial lattice and heavy doors. The town features pastel-colored stucco buildings with intricately carved doors. Many of the quaint houses are adorned with delicate balconies overlooking the narrow streets.

You'll visit Casa da Cultura -- a former prison turned handicraft market. Take advantage of 30 minutes here to shop and immerse yourself in the history of Recife.

Visit Cathedral Square offering an outstanding view of the town and nearby Recife Harbor, before you return to the ship in Recife.

Notes:

Access to the heart of Olinda is by van. Walking on cobblestone streets is a required part of the tour. Bring sunscreen and a hat. Tour does not operate on holidays. Due to Carnival, tours may be delayed.