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It is nigh on impossible to visit Recife without spending at least a day in the delightful city of Olinda, just outside the capital of Pernambuco state. It is a place with so much to offer, from its old town, which is home to countless Baroque churches and colonial houses, to its fine restaurants, gorgeous surroundings and art studios and events. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Olinda boasts many architectural treasures dating to colonial times, such as the Basilica de Sao Bento, the Convento de Sao Francisco and the two churches, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca and Igreja da Se, which affords picture-postcard views of the city, with Recife and the sea providing the backdrop. The main sights of its compact old town are all within easy reach on foot. The Praca do Carmo is just a stone’s throw from the convent from which the square takes its name and is famous for its four chapels adorned with Portuguese tilework and for its views of the waterfront. Also nearby is the Alto da Se, with its panoramic lift and vantage point, where the Museu de Arte Sacra and a meteorological observatory can be found. From here you can set off in exploration of nearby streets such as Saldanha Marinho, Amparo and A Ladeira da Misericordia, not to mention Os Quatro Cantos, where the city’s carnival processions are held. And there is no better place to round off your stroll than at the lavish and beautifully decorated Basilica de Sao Bento.