Recife: Vacations and travel info
Recife is one of Brazil's most important commercial cities. Its practical location on the country's northeastern coast and its modern infrastructure have led to Recife's strong economic development. With around 1.5 million inhabitants, it has the ninth highest population in Brazil, and the metropolitan area is the largest in Brazil's northeastern region. Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and the oldest capital in the country.
Its beautiful beaches and year-round tropical climate have strengthened Recife as one of the most visited Brazilian destinations throughout the entire year. Another attraction that characterizes this destination is the famous system of bridges connecting the city over the Capibaribe and Beberibe Rivers, giving the city the nickname "Brazilian Venice". Also, Recife's "carnaval" is without a doubt one of the most exciting carnavals in Brazil. Experience a vacation full of rhythm and color in this amazing city!
A Little History
Recife was founded in 1537 as one of the first Portuguese colonies in Brazil, situated in one of the most prosperous regions of the time. Duarte Coelho Pereira, the city's founder, envisioned taking advantage of the fertile land and generous climate of Recife to cultivate sugarcane, thus beginning an important export industry to various European countries. To work the land, slaves were brought over during Portuguese expeditions to Africa. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the state of Pernambuco received a large amount of slaves, becoming one of the Brazilian states with the highest African cultural influence.
From 1630 to 1654, the Netherlands invaded Recife along with other sugarcane producing cities. During this period, Recife became the Dutch capital of Brazil and one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The mix of natives, Portuguese, Africans and Dutch led to the enormous cultural diversity that characterizes Brazil's northeastern region. The influence of each and every one of these cultures contributed to the historic heritage of Recife. Today, the capital of Pernambuco is a modern metropolis with a big history and a solid future.
Recife is a charming city with amazing beaches, surprising reefs and other stunning natural resources that make it a favorite tourist destination. The beach of Boa Viagem is especially considered as one of the most beautiful in the area. The enormous skyscrapers, historic buildings, and more than fifty bridges that bring everything together, make up the essential attractions in this city. Its important ports receive large quantities of international cruises and cargo ships, leading to heavy economic and commercial growth. An excellent system of highways and the international airport unite Recife with other important Brazilian cities and with the world.
Recife is also a modern capital with noteworthy technology, industry and education. It has more than eighty prestigious universities, including some of the most highly recognized medical and computer science programs in Latin America. There's also much growth in the areas of software development and information technology. More than 100 national and transnational countries form part of Recife's Porto Digital, an impressive industrial conglomerate dedicated to information and to high end technology exports. This innovative software development system is prominent on a global level.
The medical infrastructure in Recife's metropolitan area is the second largest in Brazil, after the city of Sao Paulo. It has more than 400 hospitals and clinics made up of some of the best facilities in northern Brazil. The inhabitants of nearby cities travel specifically to Recife to receive treatment at the Real Hospital Portugues, one of the most prestigious hospitals in the nation.
Through all of these projects, the state of Pernambuco strives to achieve a high standing in the nation's economy and society through scientific investigation, information and technology.
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