The Northeast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Alto da Sé


    This is the most scenic spot for soaking up Olinda's views of Recife and the ocean, particularly during sunset. It's also a good place to...Read More

  • 2. Flecheiras

    The ocean is always calm at this beach, which is surrounded by coconut trees, lagoons, and sand dunes. During low tide the reefs surface, and...Read More

  • 3. Instituto Ricardo Brennand

    The impressive private archive of Pernambucan collector Ricardo Brennand is displayed in a fairy-tale castle approximately 15 km (9 miles) north of Boa Viagem and...Read More

  • 4. Museu Cais do Sertão

    This modern, interactive musuem is one of the new hot spots on Recife's cultural map. Regular live shows and cultural workshops add extra flavor to...Read More

  • 5. Paço de Frevo

    This new cultural space celebrates and showcases all things related to Frevo, the infectious music and dance that governs Pernambucan culture and Carnival. Information in...Read More

  • 6. Passeio Público

    Also called the Praça dos Mártires, this landmark square dates from the 19th century. In 1824 many soldiers were executed here in the war for...Read More

  • 7. Praia da Paiva

    One of the secret refuges of Recife, this long stretch of golden shore has the feel of a private beach, yet is open to the...Read More

  • 8. Praia de Cumbuco

    Thirty-seven km (23 miles) west of Fortaleza, this former fisherman's colony is one of the best options for a relaxing day-trip from Fortaleza. The long...Read More

  • 9. Praia de Jericoacoara

    Jericoacoara's main beach encircles the small village of this former fisherman's colony and is the heart of the action, from sunrise horseback riding to sunset...Read More

  • 10. Praia do Patacho

    Almost always deserted, this long stretch of white sand is the Coral Coast's most beautiful beach, with warm waters calm enough for even small kids...Read More

  • 11. Saõ Miguel dos Milagres

    This fisherman's village is surrounded by some of the region's most charming independent pousadas, most of which face directly onto the sand and are focused...Read More

  • 12. Tamandaré

    Situated 109 km (68 miles) south of Recife, this beach region shares the same calm, warm waters and natural pools as Porto das Galinhas, yet...Read More

  • 13. Beach Park Acqua Center


    Just 30 minutes from downtown on the idyllic Porto das Dunas Beach is this enormous water park. A 14-story-high waterslide dumps you into a pool...Read More

  • 14. Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção


    Built by the Dutch in 1649, this fort was originally baptized Forte Schoonemborch. In 1655 it was seized by the Portuguese and renamed after the...Read More

  • 15. Forte dos Reis Magos

    Praia do Meio

    Natal owes its existence to this impressive five-sided fort, which juts out into the sea on an artificial spit. It was built by the Portuguese...Read More

  • 16. Ilha de Itamaracá

    This island is set off the coast of the historic city of Igarassu and has a number of beautiful beaches with calm waters for swimming,...Read More

  • 17. Lagoa do Paraíso

    The fine white sand and crystalline, calm turquoise waters at idllyic Lagoa do Paraíso are excellent for sunbathing. Take the shuttle from the center of...Read More

  • 18. Museu da Cachaça

    An interesting day-trip from Fortaleza, this museum offers tours of a cachaça plant, where you learn about the history of how the sugarcane juice is...Read More

  • 19. Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

    In the old São José sugar refinery, this museum houses more than 2,000 ceramic pieces by the great (and prolific) Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand. Having...Read More

  • 20. Praça da República

    Recife Antigo

    In the heart of Rio Antigo, the city's original cultural and political meeting point of the 17th century was given a new lease on life...Read More

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