The North- is where the Brazilians go on holiday - like many countries, they try to keep what's best for themselves. But their secret has now been out for several years..

However it is worth noting that the months of January (summer) and July (winter - in Recife!) are the main school holidays and the locals and domestic tourists pack the hotels and beaches. Likewise during Christmas, New Year, Carnival and the Easter weeks - prices go up, especially hotels, and often only packages are sold.Recife and Pernambuco State are a gateway to tropical northeast Brazil, a stunning multicultural Carnival, historical old-towns, Fernando de Noronha, great beaches, cuisine, music, arts and crafts.