Quality Hotel Joao Pessoa
Av. Cabo Branco 2870
Joao Pessoa, 58045-010
Phone: (55) 83 30417000
Fax: (55) 83 30417001
Olinda was established by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. The Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. It is dotted with listed monuments that reflect the cultural, historic and architectural gems of the city. These include the Igreja da Graça, Museu de Arte Sacra de Pernambuco, Catedral de Olinda, Convento de São Francisco, Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Igreja e Mosteiro de São Bento and Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Neves.
Alto da Sé is a big area where you will find a square with lots of snack options including tasteful regional food like tapiocas or acarajés, many souvenir stores, the Sé Cathedral courtyard and Olinda's panoramic elevator. It is a great place to enjoy the sunset while eating great food and beverages with a beautiful view to Olinda's rooftops, Recife's high rises, the sea and other points of interest of both cities. Sunday afternoons are the most lively, but there are activities everyday here, including local music and arts presentations.
The first monastery of the Franciscan Order in Brazil, São Francisco hosts four chapels filled with Portuguese colonial tiles and baroque details: the Capítulo, the Nossa Senhora das Neves, the Sant'Anna and the São Roque. In the internal courtyard, there is a gallery of arches with 16 panels of Portuguese tiles representing the life and death of Saint Francis of Assisi. In the sacristy you'll find more tiles, handcrafted jacarandá wood furnishings and walls adorned with sacred paintings. The monastery is located in Carmo neighborhood.
Established in 1830, Olinda's Public Library was first opened in São Francisco Monastery as the first library in Pernambuco and the fifth in all of Brazil. In 1984 the building on Avenida Liberdade was acquired by the government and then restored to house the library. This building is one of the oldest in town, and was depicted by Franz Post in paintings about Olinda in the 17th century. It offers a collection of 22,000 works including historical, economic and political pieces about colonial and imperial periods of Brazil and Pernambuco.
Count Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, Maurício de Nassau in Portuguese, was a Count and later the Prince of Nassau-Siegen, a state in the Holy Roman Empire. When Dutch colonizers arrived in Pernambuco, he was the responsible for development of the new colony. Thus, many of Recife's and Olinda's art and architecture landmarks were influenced by Maurício. The most visible part of his participation in Pernambuco's history is on Antônio Vaz Island, located beside Old Recife Island and known as Cidade Maurícia, Mauritz Staad or Maurician City. Olinda keeps this house that some say Maurício lived in. Either way, you will be astonished by the beauty of this restored Dutch construction.
The former Paço dos Governadores Gerais do Brasil was built in the 17th century right after a revolution movement called Restauração Pernambucana, and was the country's government headquarters for three years. In 1824 it was home to Constitutional Convention and Parliament of Confederação do Equador, a secessionist movement that tried to make Northeast Brazil independent from the rest of the country. The building was changed and expanded in 19th century, receiving a neoclassical appearance in its façade. Now it is home to Olinda's City Hall, with beautiful wooden floors and stairs.
Dois Irmãos Park is one of the biggest tropical forest areas in Pernambuco. Here you will be able to meet the components of the local ecosystem, including its plants and native animals like sloths, capybaras and lots of birds. The zoo keeps around 690 animals including birds, reptiles and mammals of 127 species from both Brazilian and abroad. No reservations are needed for visiting, but you can reserve hiking trails through the forest or guided tours beforehand.
São Bento Monastery was built in 1599 as the second Benedictine monastery in Brazil. It was destroyed when the Dutch colonizers arrived in Pernambuco around 1632, but was then reconstructed and opened again in 1640. It is one of the masterpieces of the baroque style in Olinda, and both the monastery and adjacent church are UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the interior you will find many works of art like the beautiful paintings that represent the life of Saint Benedict as well as the impressive old furnishings of the 17th century.
Eufrasio Barbosa is a marketplace located on the site of the first Royal Customs House of Pernambuco. It was also once the head office of Amorim Costa pastries factory, which was open from 1960 to 1984. The marketplace is located at the entrance to the city, and now houses a theater and an area for exhibitions and local folk performances.
In Pernambuco since 2002, Mirabilandia is the third largest amusement park in Brazil. It contains more than thirty attractions, including two themed areas, more than thirty gardens, a huge food court and souvenir stores. The place is located close to the Pernambuco's Convention Center and the Tacaruna Shopping Mall.
Situated in Recife's central area, Jaqueira Park is one of the most beloved local parks. Whether you enjoy an afternoon stroll with your kids or take a run on the weekends, the place is perfect for those who really like green areas and quiet refuges. You will often find parents observing their kids play on the playground from the benches. There is also a chapel, a historical site and weekly sports activities organized here. You can also use the running, cycling and roller blade facilities, as well as admire the beautiful fruit trees.
Portuguese colonizers began the construction of Forte do Brum in 1626, and Dutch invaders finished it around 1630. Then, in 1654, Dutch were pushed out by Portuguese, who rebuilt the fort for military purposes. Today it is a military museum that exhibits weapons and uniforms spanning from when the Dutch were present until present day.