Bairro Santo Antonio Walk in Recife, Recife

Santo Antonio is a beautiful part of old Recife. It has some very interesting and fascinating tourist attractions, striking sights, historical and architectural views, old churches and picturesque squares. Take this walk to see some of the most popular tourist attractions of Santo Antonio in Recife.
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Bairro Santo Antonio Walk in Recife Map

Guide Name: Bairro Santo Antonio Walk in Recife
Guide Location: Brazil » Recife (See other walking tours in Recife)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: alice
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Palacio do Campo das Princesas

1) Palacio do Campo das Princesas

The Palacio do Campo das Princesas is a neoclassical structure built in 1841 by Mitchell Anchor on the site of the former Royal Treasury. The Palace was always the headquarters of the Pernambuco administration. The name of the palace came from the family of the Emperor Dom Pedro II and his children that played in the garden. The site is famous for its beautiful garden with baobab trees. The Palacio do Campo das Princesas is one of the most popular tourist stops in Recife.
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Teatro de Santa Isabel

2) Teatro de Santa Isabel (must see)

A very beautiful Neoclassical structure built in 1850 by Louis Léger Vauthier, Teatro de Santa Isabel is a place for the most prestigious social and cultural events of Recife and the home of the Recife Symphony Orchestra. The interior of the theater is extraordinarily rich. It has amazing crystal mirrors, works of Murillo La Greca, an outstanding crystal chandelier and busts of famous personalities within. Numerous celebrities have visited the famous theater.

Why You Should Visit:
There is history and charm in every corner of this building!

Tip:
Guided tours on Sundays, but do check their website for schedules of visits and of performances.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm
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Palácio da Justiça

3) Palácio da Justiça

Palácio da Justiça is another famous tourist attraction and historic sight in Recife. The structure was built in 1930 in Renaissance style with fascinating stained glass windows. The building has several levels and a beautiful dome which is the highest dome in the country. In front of the building there are two striking sculptures representing law and justice. Within the building there are busts of local lawyers and paintings by Murillo La Greca. Palácio da Justiça houses the Court of Justice of Pernambuco.
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Arquivo Público Estadual

4) Arquivo Público Estadual

Arquivo Público Estadual is located within a building in Baroque style that was originally built in 1731 and used as public jail. Later the purpose of the building has changed several times and it housed once even the City Council. At present it houses the State Archive of Pernambuco and it is the richest and most complete collection of all kinds of historical documents.
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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos

5) Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos is an important historic and religious site. The church was built in colonial style in the 17th century, sometime between 1662 and 1667, by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men, which was a brotherhood of black slaves. The church is Baroque, with just a single tower, but nevertheless the church is a very beautiful one, with three altars, images of Our Lady of the Rosary and other black saints. The main altar is engraved in gold. It is a great example of the architecture of 17th century Recife. The church is located 90 m to the eaast from the intersection of Avenida Dantas Barreto and Rua Estreita do Rosário.
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Casa da Cultura

6) Casa da Cultura (must see)

Casa da Cultura is a local landmark. The building is cross-shaped and it was built by Jose Mamede Alves Ferreira in a sober style with neoclassical elements. Originally the building was a penitentiary. The structure of the original building was preserved, but now the cells house shops selling all types of local handicrafts like ceramics, leather works, lace, woodwork, clothes, local food and many other interesting regional items. In one cell is a museum that shows the history of the building during its time as a penitentiary.

Why You Should Visit:
To buy authentic gifts/crafts from the friendly storekeepers and you also can explore this historic building.
There are a number of food stalls as well and sometimes they have groups performing traditional dances.

Tip:
If you have the chance eat tapioca with coconut and cheese and ask for cold coconut water.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 9am-2pm
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Mercado do Sao Jose

7) Mercado do Sao Jose

Mercado do Sao Jose is a local public market and landmark in Recife. The structure was built in 1875 and it is representative of the architecture of European markets at the time. The building was built by J. Lieuthier Louis in a neoclassical style. It is the oldest building in Brazil made in pre-manufactured iron. The market is very large and it has two buildings and 542 boutiques within.
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Torres Gêmeas

8) Torres Gêmeas

Torres Gêmeas is an extraordinary example of new modern structures in Recife. They were built in 2009 in a postmodern style. The buildings are residential and are in a beautiful location right near the seashore. The buildings were made of modern materials like glass, steel, concrete and marble and granite. The towers present a striking view. At present they are the tallest structures in Recife.

Walking Tours in Recife, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

Creating your own self-guided walk in Recife is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Recife History Museums Walk

Recife History Museums Walk

Recife is a city with a very rich culture due to its inhabitants, local Indians, slaves and settlers, as well as Dutch people who had a colony here for about twenty years. As a result, the museums that can be enjoyed in this city are diverse and very interesting, especially those telling the history of the place. Take this walk that will lead you to the most interesting and famous history museums of Recife.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Bairro do Recife Walk

Bairro do Recife Walk

Recife is an old city and the Bairro do Recife is one of the oldest parts of it. When the city was established in 16th century, Bairro do Recife was the original settlement and the entire city grew from there. The sights, architectural views and attractions within this neighborhood are striking. Take this walk to see some of the most remarkable spots in the Bairro do Recife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Recife Culture and Art Museums Walk

Recife Culture and Art Museums Walk

The population of Recife created a very colorful and rich art within the city and Brazil. The art galleries and art museums in Recife will open up a beautiful world of the creative people that live here. Take this walk to see some of the most interesting and famous art exhibitions in Recife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In addition to the many rivers, bridges and peninsulas making up most of what's unique about Recife, the main city of the Brazilian state Pernambuco is also famous for its historic downtown area originated in the 16th century. Follow this orientation walk and learn about the past and present of this exiting destination!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Recife Religious Sights Walk

Recife Religious Sights Walk

Recife is a beautiful city with a large number of fascinating churches. The majority of them were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here is a walk to see some of the most beautiful and well-known religious sites in Recife's downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Recife for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Recife has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Recife, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.