Lapped by beaches of the north coast of Pernambuco, Olinda is located high on a hill, only 6 km from the city of Recife, the state capital, and 18 km from Guararapes International Airport, accessible by modern highways and an efficient urban transport system.
- Altitude: 40m above sea level
- Climate: Tropical, with average temperature of 30 ° C
- Rainfall: 2. 026 mm
- Area: 29 Km2
- Population: Approximately 400 000 inhabitants
Founded in 1535 by Duarte Coelho, donee of the captaincy of Pernambuco, Olinda soon became the capital residence of planters and influential people.
This time they date their churches and their houses, legitimate representatives of Baroque architecture of the colonial period.With the arrival of the Dutch in 1630, who preferred the location of Recife, low as their homeland and endowed with a natural harbor, Olinda ceases to be capital of the state.The rivalry between the two cities led to the war of the peddlers in 1710.Today, nearly five hundred years later, the former home of the Portuguese nobility enchants artists, residents and visitors with the magic of its hills, its houses and their churches, which remain unmatched.The Carnival of Olinda is considered one of the three best carnivals in Brazil and the world.
Considered by critics the third gastronomic center of Brazil and one of America's best, the kitchen of Pernambuco is a calculated result of the country's cultural miscegenation.Indians inherit the way to use corn and cassava; with the Portuguese learned the custom of preparing baked fish, roast beef and vegetables; Africans taught us to manipulate the exotic spices.
Always has the table the dishes as well as tasty are extremely nutritious as couscous corn or cassava, typical roots like cassava, yams and sweet potatoes, stewed fruit such as bananas long, breadfruit, among many other wonders.All these dishes served in our regional breakfast.
Typical of the coast, the seafood-based dishes are a good choice. Lobster and shrimp in coconut or accompanied by exotic sauces, Guiamunzada, fish stew, crab-soft, mussels, octopus in coconut, plus a neat fish stew with mush made from baked fish stock are some of the suggestions.
In a country identified by religion, festivals and popular arts, Olinda stands out for the richness of these cultural manifestations.
The deeply rooted to the earth's population, not only keeps alive the rich architectural heritage as well as ancient traditions such as religious festivals, carnival and crafts.
The practice of the Catholic religion since the colonial period is represented in the performance of the original function of churches, chapels and steps.
Other influences are also found in the cultural manifestations of Olinda, where they are present, as well as European elements, indigenous elements and Africans, who also make up the Brazilian race.This ethnic diversity offers a perfect blend of many cultures that eternalized.In this city we can find from classical art the finest folk art.
The mixture of races is striking in the city of frevo, the pastoralist, maracatu, pottery in clay and carving in wood, making Olinda the home of artists, poets, musicians and craftsmen who elected her as a symbol of inspiration and creation .
the Friday all 22 hours out of St. Peter's church serenade of Olinda, consisting of violins and guitars that accompanied by Olinda and tourists through the main streets of the city. Simply a must.