Recife and Porto de Galinhas
Recife is the fourth largest city in Brazil with its 1.4 million inhabitants. The coast here to the northeast is lined with coral reefs. The waves break on the side opposite the reefs, giving rise to large, shallow marine pools, ideal for swimming.
The area around Recife was once a large wetland. In 1537, the Portuguese colonized the region. A century later, the idea of Dutch under Prince Moritz of Nassau gave the city an era rich in art, culture and bold urban development. Prince Moritz allowed the area to be recovered by the creation of canals. Recife was known as the "Venice of Brazil". Numerous bridges, canals, forts, public buildings and governmental palaces still bear witness to this period.
62 km south of Recife is Porto de Galinhas. This lively place is very popular with divers, surfers, beach lovers and night owls. Here you will find long sandy beaches and pleasantly warm water. The coral reefs extend parallel to the coast, forming natural pools with transparent water.