Visiting charming Olinda – oh! Linda!

Woke up around 7.30 after a really good nights sleep. I have such a great bed, it’s so big, but the best thing are the pillows – perfectly fluffy! Haha. Yeah, I’m couchsurfing again, in Recife, with a lovely host, José. I will tell you more about him and Recife in another post, this one will be about Olinda :)

Olinda
 is about 7 km north of Recife in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. There are direct buses from Recife there for about 3 reails.

When I arrived a city guide met me up and asked if I wanted a guided tour. It’s ”free”– you give what you want after the tour.. And my guide was so nice, walked around with me a couple of hours telling me so much, so to give to little is very hard face to face. Haha. But yeah, when you think about it, maybe it’s not so much to give around 15 dollars.. But still it wasn’t planned expenses.

The Olinda faculty. Lovely buolding!

The Olinda faculty. Lovely building!

The only dutch house here!

The only dutch house in Olinda!

Vlamir, my guide, is born and raised in Olinda, and has been working as a guide since he was 10 years old :) So I would guess about 20 years now. He told me this city is very famous because it’s carnival – it’s said to be the best in Brazil.. (I don’t know if this is the general opinion though), but it’s very famous though :)

Olinda is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s one of the oldest towns in Brazil.

For being such a small town, at least the historical center, it has surprisingly many churches!

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Convento São Francisco

Convento São Francisco

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça

Igreja da Sé in Alto da Sé. This was the first church built in Brazil, built in 1540 and was briefly a Protestant church during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century.

Igreja da Sé in Alto da Sé. This was the first church built in Brazil, built in 1540. All the other churches faces this church, which is the main church.

View from the hill, all the churches facing

View from Igreja da Sé, you see all the churches are facing the hill (alto da Sé)

It was founded in 1537 by the Portuguese. From the 16th century onward, many churches and convents were built. But then in 1631 the city was pillaged by the Dutch and they destroyed almost everything.  About 25 years later the Portuguese returned and started to restore, so now most of the buildings at Olinda date from the 18th century.

The scenery is beautiful – it’s a colonial architecture so there are small houses in many colors, together with a lot of flowers and trees. From the hills in Olinda you also see the blue-turquoise water.. really beautiful!

Olinda’s is a calm and safe place to walk around, a nice breeze compared to the hectic Recife.

Street, trees and worker.

Street, trees and worker.

Colors!!

Colors!!

Colonial Olinda and further away, modern Recife

Colonial Olinda and further away, modern Recife

One of the streets in Olinda. Hills!

One of the streets in Olinda. Hills!

Olinda

Olinda

There are many artist and craftspeople studies and galleries to visit here too, and markets to have tapioca, coco-water or ice-cream. :)

Oh by the way I forgot to tell you why the name is Olinda – it’s said that when the Portuguese arrived to the Hill in Alto da Sé, and saw the view over the town, they said ”Oh, linda situação para se construir uma vila!” (in portuguese, oh, beautiful place to build a village!)

 

Hello from Alto do Sé :)

Oh, linda view from the hill Alto do Sé :)

Definitively worth a visit :)

 

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