Situated on the spectacular north-eastern coast of Brazil, the beautiful historic resort town of Olinda has a yearly Carnival. Many of the buildings in the town were built in the 1500s and 1600s, and the town had its start in 1537 when the Portuguese settled and began producing sugar cane. Today, this resort town with its fantastic beaches offers many interesting Olinda attractions like these:
Igreja da Se
Built in 1540, this church was the first to be built in Brazil. Another name for the church is the Sao Salvador do Mundo Church. Open to the public, this church is free to enter and appreciate. Impressive and beautiful, this lovely church has ornate gold decor and trim.
Mercado da Ribeira
Housed in a building built in the 1600s, this market is the place to find local wares, art galleries and souvenirs. Additionally, this infamous spot is where slaves used to be sold and traded.
Museo do Mamulengo
While the town has fascinating history and art museums, Museo do Mamulengo is dedicated to folk puppets. Young and old are amused with the hand painted, charming puppets used in traditional folk dramas.
Parque Dois Irmaos
Less than a half-hour drive to Recife, this “Two Brothers Park” has a wonderful zoo and botanical gardens. While the zoo has animals from around the globe, the colourful parrots and the furry llamas are two favourites.
Every Friday night, this special event occurs. Musicians and singers gather at locations throughout Olinda and perform traditional folk songs.