Religious architecture has a strong
influence on the old mansions
located along the sloping
avenues. You will come face to
face with the city’s rich
Part of Olinda’s historical site, it was
declared a Cultural Heritage Site in
1982. From there it is possible to
admire the beautiful landscape
that is the Historical Center.
Carnaval is one of the busiest and
most authentic folk festivals in
Brazil. Giant dolls, frevo dance cubs,
bustling block parties and
maracatu groups ensure a
The first museum in Latin America
to combine a collection with over a
thousand mamulengos, a type of
puppet typical of the Northeast
used to portray regional
Ribeira Market is home to a selection of handcraft stores with artifacts in clay, leather and straw, paper mache masks and a number of painting and engraving workshops.
Here we have the encounter of road blocks during the Carnival of Olinda. Beyond the great celebration and the colonial heritage the building preserves since the time of slavery, you will know the folk art of the region. Stroll through its various craft galleries and artisans' workshops and breathe culture and history.
From the clay figurines of Mestre Vitalino to leather pieces to the carved wooden figureheads from the São Francisco River region, Pernambuco crafts are one of the great prides of its people.
Visit to the Historical Center
Founded by the Portuguese in 1535, it is one of Brazil’s oldest cities. Stroll along its gently sloping roads and visit the beautiful churches, among them the Carmo Church, the Sé Church and the São Bento Monastery, in addition to other old buildings. Note the array of colorful homes and pop into the many art studios.
Visit Alto da Sé
The view from up high can be compared to a beautiful painting, tirelessly portrayed by artists and perfect for those who enjoy watching the sun set. Besides the view, you will come across handcrafts in booths there and at the Olinda Handcraft Market, as well as be able to try the very tasty tapioca.
Many fine artists and artisans from Olinda are internationally renowned and, as such, the city is an important artistic hub. This further enriches the city's cultural tradition with regional painting and handcrafts. Immerse yourself in its works of art and get a deeper feel for the artistic vein of Pernambuco.
The Olinda Carnaval, besides the color, costumes, giant dolls and pure joy of the people in the streets spraying each other with water pistols, is also a demonstration of the city’s expressive musical vocation. Take part in the festivities and try your hand at exciting rhythms like frevo, maracatu, samba, reggae and afoxé.
In Olinda you can enjoy a rich and exotic cuisine, which is based on roots, fish, seafood and tropical fruits, natural products of the region. Recognized as a gastronomic polo, there are very sophisticated options and more bars frequented by young people.
Historical Center Carnival in Olinda
The most authentic Pernambuco Carnival is an unforgettable celebration of folk and popular rhythms. Climb up and down the slopes of the Historical Center behind the famous Giant Puppets, symbols of Olinda, to the sound of maracatu, frevo and a lot of afoxé.
Nossa Senhora da Graça Church
Located on the highest point, the building was inspired by the São Roque Church in Portugal. It has served as a religious seminary since the 19th century when the Jesuits were expelled.
It is a concrete tower,42 meterstall, painted with red and white stripes. It has a small elevator - the first in a lighthouse in Brazil - which has capacity to carry only one person at a time.
São João Celebrations
São João celebrations take place throughout Brazil and are known as Junina festivals, so named because they are celebrated each year in the month of June.
São Francisco Convent
The building constructed in the 16th century is home to several religious sites: the Nossa Senhora das Neves Church, the São Roque Chapel, cloisters with 16 Portuguese tiled panels depicting the life and death of Francis of Assisi, and the sacristy.
Installed in Olinda since 2002, Mirabilândia is one of the main leisure options of the state and the third biggest theme park of Brazil. Beyond its 35 attractions, the park also counts with a huge green area and the pleasant climate of Brazil’s Northeast.
Located by the Olinda Lighthouse, this beach is popular because of the bars and restaurants lining the seafront, which become animated at night. Visitors can also purchase fresh fish and seafood from the local fish stalls. Another attraction is the São Francisco Fort.