Every major city has suburbs, but not many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But three miles north of the bustling city of Recife, on Brazil’s northeast coast, the small town of Olinda is exactly that.What makes Olinda so special is much more than its historic significance, it’s also the small town’s unique charm. But first, the history.
Given that there are more Catholics in Brazil than in any other country in the world–almost two-thirds of Brazilians are Catholic–it should come as no surprise that the country is home to a massive number of gorgeous, inspiring cathedrals. And while the city of Rio de Janeiro is home to spectacular beaches and mountains, Rio also boasts its fair share of cathedrals worth a visit.
As the capital of Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, Florianopolis is a half-island, half-mainland retreat, home to some of the country’s most sought-after beaches. Serving as a melting pot of cultures and home to friendly locals, there’s no end to adventure in Florianopolis. Whether you seek to lounge at the beach or enjoy a multi-day hike, read below to discover 10 not-to-miss experiences on your next trip to Brazil’s leading southern city.