Surrounded by forestland and rushing waterways, Recife is one part bustling urban centre and one part tropical paradise. Visitors book flights to Brazil's fifth-largest metropolis every year for the vibrant nightlife and famous carnivals, whilst travellers and residents alike fall in love with its warm climate and lush vegetation. Domestic and international flights operate out of Recife Airport (also known as the Guararapes airport), and it is possible to find a cheap flight to Recife by using our price-comparison service online. If you manage to find a great cheap flight, be sure to splurge on the city's fascinating and diverse culinary offerings. Northern Brazilian cuisine celebrates its Portugese, Spanish, Dutch and Indigenous influences with spicy coconut sauces, exotic seafood such as octopus and crab and grilled meats served as delicious stews. Check out one of the many al fresco dining spots, and then head to a boteco (Brazilian bar) for a taste of Brazilian nightlife.
Just 1 km from the airport are the white dunes of Boa Viagem beach, an idyllic 7 km-long coastal stretch with crystal clear water, lined by reefs along the shoreline. The affluent Boa Viagem neighbourhood boasts one of the largest shopping centres in the whole of Brazil, so retail addicts can spend hours browsing the 465 shops it houses. At night, Boa Viagem beach is lit up and transformed into a luminous bathing centre in which keen swimmers can take an after-hours dip in the ocean. Moving north into the heart of the city, visitors can discover Recife's historic port which was once a thriving industrial hub. Thanks to extensive regeneration efforts, residents and visitors can now enjoy a vibrant host of bars, cafes and clubs in place of the old sailor's haunts. In the western districts , discover the tropical remnants of the Atlantic Forest and absorb some culture in two famous museums, Instituto Ricardo Brennand and Museu-Oficina Francisco Brennand. Visitors can purchase a weekly or daily travel ticket to get optimal value from the city's metro service.