Brazil's Northeast Coast
New hotels have opened up this extensive coastline
Until recently, many of the beaches and small fishing villages to the north and south of Recife were only visited by backpackers or those with time to explore ‘off the beaten track’.
But over the last few years, major improvements to the coast road and better air transport connections have made the north east coast more accessible and this has resulted in the opening of a number of top class hotels. Initially these targeted the domestic tourist market from Sao Paulo but increasing numbers of European visitors are taking advantage of the fact that Recife is the closest international airport to Europe and are discovering the attractions of this coastline for themselves.
The historic town of Olinda, located immediately to the north of Recife, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses with artistic murals and colonial churches. It is famous for its annual carnival which is characterized by colourful and noisy street parades and free admission, making it one of the most popular in Brazil.
Much of the coastline is shared with small fishing communities and tourist development has been mostly been sympathetic with small hotels and pousadas set back from the beach amongst the palm trees. Just south of the city of Natal, the town of Pipa has long been popular with surfers and it retains a hip and laid-back cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are a wide range of clothes shops, restaurants and bars and a long stretch of beautiful sandy beach with clear water. However, the Atlantic rollers can be lively at times and swimmers must take care.
For some of the best diving in the world head for Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands some 350 kilometres from the Brazilian coast which is now a marine park where eco-tourism is carefully controlled.
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Places we love to stay
A very stylish and ecologically considerate hotel discreetly tucked away from the outside world.View details about Kenoa Resort
Pousada do Amparo
Located right in the thick of it in central Olinda, this hotel is one of the best places to view the carnival.View details about Pousada do Amparo
Toca da Coruja
With well appointed rooms and two attractive swimming pools, the Toca da Coruja is set in its own glorious tropical garden in the centre of Pipa.View details about Toca da Coruja
Kilombo Villas & Spa
Ideal for families and small groups of friends, the Kilombo Villas offers accommodation in stylish modern villas enjoying a spectacular cliff top location outside Pipa.View details about Kilombo Villas & Spa
Rancho do Peixe
A lovely family friendly hotel situated near the village of Jericoacoara and nearby beaches, in an area remarkably unknown to visitors from outside Brazil.View details about Rancho do Peixe