Trip Tips: Partying to the many rhythms of Brazil's Recife

Thu May 29, 2014 7:37pm EDT
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By Felipe Pontes

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - If music and partying are what you have in mind for a trip to Brazil, you might want to sidestep traditional hotspots like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador and head to Recife instead.

This often-overlooked metropolis of 3.6 million people on Brazil's northeastern coast is home to some of the country's most popular Carnival celebrations and other street festivals. It also boasts one of the most vibrant music scenes in Brazil.

But don't expect the smooth sounds of bossa nova and samba, the musical genres most identified with Brazil. This is the land of frenetic, body-to-body dance music that will make you sweat.

Located where the Capibaribe and Beberibe rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean, Recife is a city of endless waterways and bridges Some call it the "Brazilian Venice."

One of Brazil's oldest cities, Recife boomed as the world's leading sugar producer in the early 17th Century. Colorful vestiges of that era are still on display in the city's historic districts, giving it a colonial charm among modern skyscrapers.

Soccer fans coming to Recife for the World Cup in June will miss Carnival, but will still get a good taste of the city's love affair with street parties. Recife will host five World Cup games: Ivory Coast vs Japan; Italy vs Costa Rica; Croatia vs Mexico; USA vs Germany; and a Round of 16 match.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to Recife from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


An aerial view is seen of the city of Recife, northeastern Brazil, April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files