Recife - PE
- Population: 1,488,920
- GDP per capita: BRL 30,427.69
- MHDI: 0.772
- Source: IBGE
Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco, in the Northeast Region of Brazil. Anyone born in Pernambuco is Pernambucano; anyone born in Recife is Recifense. The metropolis is the birthplace of frevo and maracatu, two Brazilian musical and cultural genres from the Northeast.
Recife is also a cultural and economic hub in Brazil. With its rich history, it contributes significantly to national diversity, and stands out as a strategic center in economic development and the preservation of Brazilian cultural identity. Recife will host G20 technical meetings in Brazil in 2024.
Recife's territorial area is 218,843 km². The city was founded by Portuguese colonizers in 1537. Its Historic Center harbors buildings such as the Barão do Rio Branco square, known as Marco Zero, and is witness to the history that culminated in the formation of Brazil. The colonial houses and baroque architecture are testaments to European influence.
Recife is a vital economic center in the Northeast. Its port activities boost regional economy—and the city embraces all that is contemporary, aligning itself with technological innovation and the services sector. Centers for education—such as the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)—contribute to the intellectual and scientific development of the region.
Recife's cultural effervescence is on every corner. Frevo and maracatu, artistic expressions that have their origins there, come to life during the Carnival, filling the streets with color and rhythm. The Old City, or Recife Antigo quarter—with its bars, art galleries and cultural centers—is the epicenter of bohemia and local creativity. Museu do Homem do Nordeste, in turn, explores regional identity.
Recife's gastronomy is a mix of flavors that reflect the state's cultural diversity. The bolo de rolo, tapioca, the arrumadinho de charque, the Souza Leão cake, goat meat and shrimp bobó are typical foods that the city offers to its visitors. The São José market is a paradise for lovers of local cuisine, offering everything from exotic fruit to typical regional spices.
Recife has a strategic position in the national context. Its privileged geographical location, between rivers and close to the coast, makes it a strategic place for commerce and transport. It contributes to the national panorama both in historical and contemporary terms. It is solidified as a jewel of the Brazilian Northeast, where contemporaneity embraces rich cultural heritage.
The Recife/Guararapes - Gilberto Freyre International Airport is a dynamic hub that offers national and international flights. Its operations facilitate the transport of passengers and cargo, boosting tourism and commerce in the Northeast Region of Brazil.