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Recife. The capital of Pernambuco is Recife.
The city, which is only two meters above sea level (some parts are below), is distributed across rivers, canals and islands. Due to the prevalence of waterways in its geography, Recife is known as Veneza Brasileira (Brazilian Venice). Its 1.5 million inhabitants (3.5 million in the Grande Recife) are called recifenses.
Recife´s user-friendly and close to the city airport is called Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport.
From the airport
Bus 033 (Aeroporto) goes every 20 minutes to Boa Viagem (15 min) and to the coty center (Av. Dantas Barreto, 30 min). You can also take the Aeroporto opcional which is a little bit faster. Stop in front of the airport building.
You can arrive in cruise ships at the Port of Recife. Cruises Insignia, SeaDream Yacht Club, Royal Caribbean International Splendour of the Sea, P&O Cruises Artemis, Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth II, among others.
Taxi is the best bet. Ask for a car with air conditioning (especially in the summer).
Brasilia Teimosa Beach - A smaller and less frequented beach near the port.
Pina Beach - A well-developed and popular beach north of Boa Viagem Beach. It's a little more relaxed, with weak waves.
Parque Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Park), Praça Farias Neves, no number - Dois Irmãos. A zoo and botanical garden park, with 387 hectares of Atlantic Forest and 14 hectares of botanical gardens. The zoo has around 800 types of animals. The grounds also hold the Natural Science Museum and a number of ecological trails.
The city of Recife is home to some of Brazil's top roller hockey teams: Clube Portugues do Recife, Clube Nautico Capibaribe, Sport Clube do Recife and Associacão Amigos do Minho do Recife. Both Clube Portugues and Sport have been national champions.
Frevo was included on the UNESCO's list of intangible heritage.
Leão do Norte is the city's only inline hockey team. A group of amateur players practices every Tuesday (8 PM) and Saturday (8 AM) at Ginásio Pernambucano gymnasium.
Recife's Carnaval is one of the country's busiest. Very different from its carioca counterpart, in Recife street shows and parades play contagious rhythms like frevo and maracatu, attracting more than 1.6 million people to celebrate and dance on the streets every year. Apart from frevo and maracatu, two other cultural manifestations that are typical of Pernambucan Carnaval include bumba-meu-boi and caboclinho.