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Olinda, Brazil - Charm Of An Artists Haven On A Hilltop / Boneco Museum

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2017   » View Photoset (104 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
"Olinda is all for the eyes, it's not tangible, it's all desire", a quote from the poem called Olinda by Brazilian poet Carlos Pena Filho.
Brazil Photo - Olindas old streets have so much character and charm, distant church towers.
Olindas old streets have so much character and charm, distant church towers.
Olinda is the postcard perfect place for pleasant sightseeing, it's kind of like a painting! That's my line, not from a poem. Olinda is an artists haven on a hilltop surrounded by lush vegetation and has beautiful views of the deep blue sea, the climate is tropical and it's full of charm, charm, charm! Being the sister city of Recife, it's just 20mins north by taxi and has a completely different vibe than it's big sister.

The Historical Center

The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you can see so much in just a small area in just a few hours - museums, art galeries, churches and chapels! A lot less walking than Recife! Known as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil, originally
Brazil Photo - Colorful shops and houses in a row in Olinda, dog on the roof.
Colorful shops and houses in a row in Olinda, dog on the roof.
thriving from the sugar trade in the 1500's.

Up the Hill on Cobblestones

Ascending up the cobblestone streets through neighbourhoods of colorful houses, carnival decorations are still present from the previous week. Interesting windows displaying arts, crafts and ornaments. Wooden window shutters and doors, pastel colors and dark shades. It's a steep ascent at the last part but by this time you have good views of Olinda's streets and houses below and a distant view of the tall buildings of Recife. On the other side it's spectacular looking over the greenery and palm trees to the sea with a pair of white churches standing out of this tropical scene. Tiled roofed houses blend in well under this green
Brazil Photo - Painting of a man wearing a coat of birds feathers in Olinda, black and white with green.
Painting of a man wearing a coat of birds feathers in Olinda, black and white with green.
canopy.

Top of the Hill

At the top of the hill is the church Igreja da Misericordia (originally built in 1599, rebuilt in 1654) which features some paintings. Arts and crafts, jewelry and paintings are for sale on the street. The 16th century church and convent - Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao was rebuilt after the Dutch invasion of 1631.

Arts and Crafts Shops

The art shops have some amazing stuff, cultural, imaginative and fun. The shop with
Brazil Photo - Gres Preto Velho, the man from the samba school in Olinda.
Gres Preto Velho, the man from the samba school in Olinda.
the pink facade called Artes do Imaginario Brasileiro has figurines, masks, paintings and all kinds of things!

Street Music

Street music is common, there were some men playing guitars and singing, later a chap with an accordion was entertaining people as they watched the sun go down.

The Cathedral and Observatory

The cathedral - Catedral de Sao Salvador do Mundo (aka. Igreja da Se) was built in 1548 and rebuilt in 1669. Only the main door survived the fire of 1631, the 2nd tower was built in 1713. We also have the astronomy observatory (Observatorio Astronomico) which is open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-8pm. Delicious cold fruit drinks called Caipifrutas can be bought around this area as well as some yummy food - Brazil is great for food.

The Boneco Museum

Boneco time! Olinda's Boneco Museum - Casa dos Bonecos Gigantes de Olinda is a lot of fun just like the boneco museum in Recife is! Rooms full of overgrown carnival puppets, mainly famous Brazilians and other world stars.

Bus to Joao Pessoa

Olinda is a fun place for photographers! I had a great day in Olinda and a nice evening relaxing in a hammock at my pousada (hostel). From Olinda I headed back to Recife for a bus north to Joao Pessoa, 2hrs 15mins.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Olinda (Brazil) to:


Map location: Olinda, Brazil. Olinda is all for the eyes, it's not tangible, it's all desire - a quote from the poem called Olinda by Brazilian poet Carlos Pena Filho. Olinda is the postcard perfect place for pleasant sightseeing, it's kind of like a painting! It's known as a haven for artists!
 A : Recife - Brazil 19 kms 19 kms straight distance
 B : Joao Pessoa - Brazil 94 kms 94 kms straight distance
 C : Pipa Beach - Brazil 195 kms 195 kms straight distance
 D : Maceio and Maragogi - Brazil 204 kms 204 kms straight distance
 E : Ponta Negra Beach / Natal - Brazil 247 kms 247 kms straight distance
 F : Penedo and Neopolis - Brazil 313 kms 313 kms straight distance
 G : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 675 kms 675 kms straight distance
 H : Sao Luis - Brazil 1205 kms 1205 kms straight distance
 I : Belo Horizonte - Brazil 1653 kms 1653 kms straight distance
 J : Brasilia - Brazil 1669 kms 1669 kms straight distance
 K : Ouro Preto - Brazil 1660 kms 1660 kms straight distance
 L : Belem - Brazil 1669 kms 1669 kms straight distance
 M : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 1862 kms 1862 kms straight distance
 N : Macapa - Brazil 2040 kms 2040 kms straight distance
 O : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 1907 kms 1907 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Olinda, Brazil:

Hotel Pousada D'Olinda, Olinda, Brazil - Large Photo
Hotel Pousada D'Olinda, Olinda, Brazil (March 2017 - 1 night) - $80 Reals payed for a beautiful room out the back at this nice pousada in Olinda! Private with bathroom, tv, wifi and nice and quiet. A delicious breakfast was served in the morning and there are hammocks and green lawns to enjoy! The location is good with access in all directions. Helpful owners. Recommended.

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