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“Cultural capital of Brazil!”
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Olinda Evening and Culinary Tour from Recife
Ranked #2 of 51 things to do in Olinda
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Recife, PE
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Cultural capital of Brazil!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

It's steeped in history, art, and culture, safe to wander (Tourist Police never far away), and at night..... it's Party Central!! It is one of the few cities I know I can truly describe as 'magic'

Visited September 2012
Thank Andrew S
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Historic Olinda, a must see”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Grab a map (or don't! Let yourself loose!) and stroll around -- up and down -- as long as you can. A tour would take everywhere in an hour or so but you can spend easily a whole day there. Every corner has something interesting to see.

Historic churches, small local craft shops, restaurants, street food, street music, wonderful views (enjoy the terrific sunset). Many options for the day in this cushy place.

Visiting Olinda is definitely a must if you are in Recife but you'd better stay in Olinda.

Visited December 2011
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a place to go for a walk and visit small ateliers, shops and restaurants.

Visited June 2012
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Don´t take the tour...”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

On an MSC cruise ship stopover in Recife, we booked a tour to Recife and Olinda through MSC.
It seems that they can´t get the big tour buses up the hill, so they transfer the tourists to smaller buses at the foot of the hill. We didn´t realize at the time, but we were waylaid for more than two hours, waiting for the availability of the smaller buses. As such it was almost dark by the time we arrived. Most of the shops had closed, although a few kindly stayed open for us (see my photos).
Seems like it might have been an interesting historical town, but nothing much happening here in the evening hours, from what I could see.
My advice, if you are thinking of taking a tour to Olinda,... think again. Best just take a bus or a taxi to the top, and from there you can walk down through the village. It´s an easy walk and will be cheaper than paying for a tour, where you may be subjected to similar treatment.

Visited April 2012
Thank Kanan A
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Montreal, Canada
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“Unique and very colorful !”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Olinda is one of the few places in the world that we think one should see and spend two hours of its life wandering around . It is small and beautiful ! You coud either take a cab to the top of the hill and walk down through the streets and alleys or take take the scenic train ( 8 $ like we did and tour the narrow streets and sites ) . In both cases , you will discover a colonial town with charming houses ,nice churches and beautiful views ! There are also the usual souvenir shops , caffés and handicraft stores but you do not feel any pressure from the local merchants, ! A place to remember !

Visited March 2012
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