Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas means Port of Chickens. During the 18th century, when the traffic of slaves was forbidden, "chicken" was the code used to refer to the slaves. "There are new chickens in town" was the way to say that a ship loaded with slaves had arrived.

Until a few years ago, Porto de Galinhas was an anonymous small village of fishermen, but around the 1990s, Brazilian tourists discovered the place. Soon, it started appearing in the tourism section of major newspapers and magazines and its beautiness was widespread. Today, even though Porto de Galinhas is one of the most important tourist destinations in Brazil, the village is still small. No more than a couple of streets, laid out in a maze-like grid. Many of the locals still make a living out of the catches they get from the sea, the coconuts that abound in the palm tree plantations and the small commerce businesses.

Visitors normally come in package tours and are picked up at the airport in Recife and driven straight to the village. Located about 60 km south of Recife, the village has kept its characteristic rustic fishermen architecture, but also have today, attractive bars, refined restaurants and great nightclubs that get crowded during high seasons, with tourists and residents of Recife, who are attracted by the nightlife of Porto.

The beach line is 18 km long, all with white, fine grained, clean sand. There is a chain of millenary reefs lining all along the coast. During the lower tide, the water trapped by the reefs form several natural pools where tourists can swim, dive and feed the fishes in an average water temperature of 26°C for the year.

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See details and pictures of each attraction of this destination.

Maracaípe Beach
Carneiros Beach
Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools
Pontal do Maracaípe
Jeep Safari
Muro Alto Beach


  • We recommend using sun block and light clothes all year long.
  • The local tourist information office is located at 118, Esperança Street, and is open to the public from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • In terms of gastronomy, the Beijupirá restaurant is a must. Do not leave this port without tasting its delicious food, especially seafood and dried meat with very regional taste.
  • For those looking for nightlive, just take to the streets in the evening and you will see where the more lively spots are. Most of the year it is fairly quiet, but during the summer vacations and holiday weekends, the sleepy village fills up and comes to life.

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Beyond the natural beauties, Porto de Galinhas counts on a great ally: the climate. During good part of the year, the sun shines strongly. In contrast to other regions of the country, where much courage is necessary to take a simple bath in the sea because of low water temperatures, in Porto de Galinhas the tourist enjoys the natural swimming pools that offer calm and hot waters (average of 26°C) during the entire year.

During the winter, the sun continues shining, with less intensity, but guaranteeing an excellent and amused stay for the visitor. The highest temperature in summer is 30º C and the lowest is around 22º C. In winter, the highest and lowest temperature are 27º and 20º C, respectively.

Although the Northeast is as hot as Rio in the summer, it enjoys a tropical breeze and less humidity, which makes it a lot more agreeable during the months of January and February.

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The “Pernambucanos”, people born in the State of Pernambuco are known as “The North Lions”, because of its courage and impetuosity. Since the colonial time, the figure of the pernambucano is associated with literary intelligence, politician prestige and noble attitudes and actions. Joaquin Nabuco, Joaquin Arcoverde, among others, were known as some of the North Lions.

The Pernambucanos have an incredible rich musicality. They have created dances and rhythms that reflect a little of its rich cultural formation. Frevo and Maracatu are just some of these rhythms that rock the people in one of the richest Carnival of the country. In Olinda, to the sound of traditional frevo, the people goes up and down its narrow slopes, following the famous "giant dolls", registered mark of the folia in the city. They have, in average, 3.6 meters of height and weighs up to 50 kilos.

A bit far from the big towns, in Pernambuco’s coast, the Pernambucanos from Porto de Galinhas stayed away from the parties and kept their traditional fisherman habits. With the boom of the tourism in the region, many of them made it a way of living, developing their receptivity and welcoming characteristics to captivate tourists.

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Porto de Galinhas   (Sun & Beach)
One of the most famous beaches of the Brazilian northeast. Nice natural pools created by a great barrier of chorales and intense nocturnal life.

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