The Carnival of Recife, from March 1 to 6, offers several options of amusement. You can attend the traditional street carnival parade, or go to the carnival concerts (with frevo and maracatu music style and famous Brazilian artists). There are parties for all tastes during the whole day. Most of the carnival events take place in the historical center of Recife.
The Carnival of Recife is also a must go if you like big events and if you want to see the biggest carnival block party in the world. Galo da Madrugada carnival block gathers millions of revellers on the Carnival Saturday.
Olinda is located within a distance of six kilometers from Recife. The city is famous for its colonial style, several hills and its carnival is considered to be one of the most lively carnivals of Brazil.
In the streets of Olinda, giant puppets roam the streets accompanied by brass bands and dancers. Another famous party is the carnival block Homem da Meia-Noite that happens on Saturday.
Due to the fact that you can't be in both cities at the same time, we suggest you party in Olinda during the day and get to Recife historical center in the afternoon. In Recife, the party can go all night long, so you should be in a good shape to handle it! There are a lot of buses circulating between both cities and it takes about half an hour to go by bus from one city to the other one.
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Tourists traveling by bus to visit Recife and Olinda landed in Recife Bus Terminal. The best connection to the downtown is through the subway and bus station, which is located inside of the Bus Station. From there is possible to go to downtonw, Boa Viagem, or other regions.
As Recife Bus Station is quite far from downtown (20 km / 12,4 miles), you can leave the bus before it arrive at the station. For example, if you are coming from the north, ask the driver to get down on the Derby or at BR-101 stop. For those traveling from the south, the best stop is at the Airport. If you choose these stops to leave, you should inform the bus driver.
There are buses that connect Recife to Olinda every half hour. Line 910 (Piedade / Rio Doce), for example, departing from Conselheiro Aguiar Avenue in Boa Viagem. There is also the taxi option. During the Carnival, there is a special bus line called Expresso Folia, which usually stops at Plaza Shopping, Riomar Shopping, Tacaruna Shopping, and Boa Viagem, in Recife. This bus goes to Recife’s Historical Center and Olinda.
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