Recife International Airport – also called the Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport – serves the city of Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. The airport was named after the Guararapes Battle, fought in nearby grounds, as well as the sociologist Gilberto Freyre, who was born in Recife. One of the busiest airports in Brazil, Recife International is about 11km from the city of Recife and offers both domestic and international flights to popular destinations in the Americas and Europe such as Miami, Frankfurt, Peru etc.
To get from the Recife International Airport to the city, tourists can take the metro from the station just opposite the airport (called the South Line) which will take them to the heart of Recife. Alternately, a couple of public buses also connect from the airport to the city. For those wanting ultimate comfort and convenience, taxis are readily available outside the airport and are relatively inexpensive.
Getting around Recife is easy as well; for tourists, taxis are the most popular form of transportation due to their easy availability and relatively inexpensive fares. If you want to travel like a local, though, you can take the MetroRec subway in Recife – the third largest in Brazil – that consists of 3 lines and cover quite a bit of the city. Alternately, public buses are also available to take you to places not accessible by subway, but getting the right bus and stop may be a bit challenging for those who don’t speak Portuguese.
What to see and do
The city of Recife is located around both a river and a sea; it sits along the area where the Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River until it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in gorgeous riverside and coastal scenery and over 50 bridges (thereby causing it to be known as ‘Brazilian Venice’). If you’re in Recife, don’t miss the gorgeous Boa Viagem district with its 8km of beautiful sandy beaches and clear aquamarine waters. Not only are the beaches perpetually covered with warm sun rays in the day, it is also lit up at night to allow sea-lovers to bathe in the ocean whenever they want to.
For football lovers, you’ve come to the right place. Recife was one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a special stadium – named the Arena Pernambuco – was built just for the occasion. It was there where 5 matches were played – including the games between USA and Germany, Italy and Costa Rica, and Croatia and Mexico – were played, and the winners of those games had qualified to the quarter-finals of the Cup. On top of that Recife also boasts their own football club, called the Sport Club do Recife, and is known for having an extremely passionate home fan base. You can watch matches being played at the Estádio Ilha do Retiro, home of the Sport Club do Recife, or visit the Arena Pernambuco to relive the excitement and fervor of the World Cup.
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