Recife

Etymology

Recife began as a collection of fishing shacks, inns and warehouses on the delta between the Capibaribe and Beberibe Rivers in the captaincy of Pernambuco, sometime between 1535 and 1537 in the earliest days of Portuguese colonisation of Terra de Santa Cruz, later called Brazil, on the northeast coast of South America. It was a settlement of colonial fishermen and way station for Portuguese sailors. The first documented reference to the settlement with its “arrecife dos navios” (reef of the ships) was in the royal Charter Act of March 12, 1537, establishing Olinda, 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) to the north, as a village, with its port where the Beberibe River meets the sea. Olinda (and Igarassu before it) had been settled in 1536 by captain General Duarte Coelho, a Portuguese nobleman, proprietor and administrator of the captaincy of Pernambuco. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Recife Volunteering Meetup – I want to bring people together to form a group of volunteers in the Tower. The project is to form a “playgroup”, to work with children up to 5 years. The group should meet once a week in the morning. The initial meetings will be to discuss the scope of the project, forms of dissemination and action. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo.com – Badoo is a third website for online dating in Brazil that you can try if you have found no luck at the sites above. To have any success on this site, you need to send out A LOT of messages as their filtering system for fake profiles is definitely not the strongest. [visa hunter]

BrazilCupid.com – BrazilCupid is a member of the prominent Cupid Media network that owns 30+ dating sites around the world. It is my favorite site in Brazil and just happens to be where I met my wife (who is a native of Brazil). [visa hunter]

ParPerfeito.com.br – I have had a decent amount of experience with ParPerfeito (“perfect partner” in Portuguese). I like the site but not as much as BrazilCupid. It is still a good second choice though. You might have seen their banners inside Metro stations if you have ever been to Rio De Janeiro. [visa hunter]

Romantico Brazil – Our site is for single heterosexual adults over eighteen years of age, who are looking for the partner of their dreams. [romantico brazil]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Airo Tour – Join us on a free tour of Recife to get to know this great Brazilian city with a local guide. [airo tour]

Tours by Locals – Recife was founded in 1537 as a port for shipping sugarcane grown by Portuguese settlers. Today this large city on Brazil’s east coast buzzes with frenetic energy, its residents dancing to their own hedonistic rhythm during Carnival. Visit historic Olinda, then relax on the award-winning sands of Porto de Galinhas, voted Brazil’s finest beach. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Casa da Cultura – The Casa da Cultura, also called as the House of Culture, was once a prison. It was turned into a mall and cultural area on April 14, 1976. The old cells have been converted into shops, coffee shops, and bookstores. It is home to the Museum of Frevo. The House of Culture was declared a historical monument on September 3, 1980. [maps of world]

Dois Irmãos Park – The Dois Irmãos Park is an Atlantic Forest Reserve located in Recife, Brazil. This natural reserve houses around 800 wild animals. Feel the diversity of natural forms in this park and awe at the work of God – the creator of this universe. Some of the mammals at the park include Tapir, Spider Monkey – faced red, Samba deer, Otter, Raccoon, etc. It is a must-visit destination. [maps of world]

Historic Centre Town of Olinda – The Historic Centre Town of Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town was established by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Besides 20 churches featuring baroque style, this town has gardens, buildings, and several small chapels. The city had to be rebuilt following the plunderings by the Dutch. Some of the important buildings have been recently restored, such as, the Cathedral São Pedro, the Church of Graça, the Convent do Carmo, etc. [maps of world]

Museu do Estado de Pernambuco – The Museum of Pernambuco State sprawling over an area of 9,043 m sq, features some of the interesting paintings, photos, prints, furniture, and armory belonging to different centuries. The museum also houses a library with over 4,000 titles, 2,100 catalogs, and some individual and group exhibitions. Two bronze gryphons (statue with the head of an eagle, the body of a lion, and the tail of a serpent) guard the entrance of the museum. [maps of world]

The Malakoff Tower – The Malakoff Tower was constructed during the Crimean War, as an observation tower in the Arsenal da Marinha Square. For several decades, the tower helped in navigation of various vessels that arrived at the port of Recife. Today, the tower serves as a cultural center of the city. The building of the tower houses an exhibition hall, an amphitheater, lectures, workshops, etc. The tower became a national monument in 1992. [maps of world]

Festivals

Festivals

Buscada – During Itamaraca ‘Buscada’ and the festival of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, all local water carriers i.e. rafts, launches and canoes are ornamented with colourful flags and various types of flowers. The festival of the island’s patron saint, Nossa Senhora do Pilar, is the climax of this event. The saint’s image is carried by the maritime procession and the march crosses the stands in the sea. [recife]

Carnival – Carnival in Recife (Pernambuco) is something which should not be missed. The carnival time i.e. four day festive period starting from Lent up to Ash Wednesday is celebrated throughout Brazil. Though the large celebrations are in Pernambuco with Frevo and Maracatu music, rhythms, dances and street parties, which are just unforgettable. [recife]

Ciranda Festival – This festival is celebrated with Ciranda, which is a ring dance of male and female participants. This dance is enjoyed with alternate joining of hands of males and females. They follow different dance steps alongside the sound of a music collection and live drumbeats. It is hosted at Jaguaribe Beach on weekends throughout the month of July. [recife]

Festa da Pitomba – In the courtyard of the National Historical Park dos Guararapes, every year, after the Holy Week, the traditional festival of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres is held. Nationally this festival is known as Festa da Pitomba due to the fruit of ‘Pitomba’ produced in the region. [recife]

Festa Junina (Saint John Festival) – Festa Junina or the Saint John Festival is one of the oldest and most popular celebrations of the year. This festival is celebrated as Midsummer Day in several European countries. Portuguese introduced it in the North-eastern Brazil but instead of celebrating it in summer, Brazilians celebrate it in the tropical winter. It starts from 12th June on the eve of St Anthony’s day and ends on 29th of June i.e. Saint Peter’s day. During those days, the city is filled with bonfires, fireworks and people dancing on the streets. [recife]

Festival of Sao Joao de Caruaru – This festival takes place in the town of Princesa do Agreste located about 130 kms from Recife in the month of May. In this festival, large number of cowboys participate in ‘downing the steers’ along with the viola players and verse improvisers playing music alongside. Local cuisine and drinks are also served during the celebrations. [recife]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – Buses are the most useful form of mass transportation. The Sistema Estrutural Integrado (Integrated Structural System), known as SEI, has 119 bus lines which are integrated with the subway system at 13 points through out the metropolitan area. [wikitravel]

By subway – MetroRec, Recife’s subway system, is the third largest in Brazil, although it still covers only limited areas of the city. 13 of the 28 stations have connections to the SEI metro bus system and, depending on your destination, it may be possible to purchase a single combination subway/bus ticket. [wikitravel]

By taxi – Taxi is the best bet. Look for registered taxi companies which charge standard rates. Ask for a car with air conditioning (especially in the summer). [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

GDG Recife – The Google Developer Group Recife is a collaborative group, focused on the community of developers who use some Google tool, allowing qualified technical learning and a networking environment. [meetup]

Manguezal Meetup – Meetup aimed at startupers and enthusiasts. Exchanges of experience, know-how and closing of partnerships will be the key words in the meeting. [meetup]

Meetup Group Upgrading Dev Rec – This group aims to disseminate knowledge in the area of ​​software development. [meetup]

Recife Salesforce Developer Group – Connect with other developers working on the Salesforce Platform. [meetup]

SAP Inside Track Recife #sitREC – SAP Inside Track is the largest independent event of SAP technology in Brazil. It is an initiative of SAP Mentors and members of the SAP Community and already has presence in more than 50 cities around the world. [meetup]

Social Network for Expats – This is a group for anyone interested in social meetings for chats, cultural activities, dining out, grab a drink and so on. All nationalities are welcome! I’ve decided start this group because I love promote cultural exchange and interact to people from everywhere. We can have a great time together! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Language Exchange Recife – Join us @ Language Exchange Recife – practice and improve your English, Portuguese, Japanese and French while meeting new people! If you know any other language and want to share your knowledge while learning another language, be very welcome. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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