The northeast city of Recife (pronounced 'heh-see-fee') is renowned for its vibrant cultural, entertainment and restaurant scene, an intriguing historic center and an impressive coastal setting.
Recife is home to some of the country's most popular Carnival celebrations and other street festivals. It also boasts one of the most vibrant music scenes in Brazil. Luckily for soccer fans, the World Cup will take place at the same time as what Brazilians call "Festa Juninas " - literally translated to June Festivals, which celebrates the Catholic saints of John the Baptist, Anthony and Peter.
Boa Viagem, one of the most famous urban beaches of the region, and Porto de Galinhas, which stands among the top tourist destinations in the country, only 43 miles away from Recife. Don't let the shark signs scare you from swimming in the azure waters. Recife translated into english means "reef", there are plenty of natural pools protected by coral reefs that will allow you to swim there without being in any risks whatsoever.
When taking a trip to Recife, no trip will be complete without a visit to sister city Olinda, a neighboring colonial gem that was declared a World Heritage Site. Spend the day exploring the city's historic churches, and its many art studios, while nibbling on street food along the way. For a stunning view of Recife, climb the steep Ladeira da Misericórdia, or Mercy Slope.
Recife will be host to 4 Group Stage matches including USA vs Germany and a Round of 16 match. Matches will be held at the city's brand new Arena Pernambuco with room for up to 42,583 spectators