This often-overlooked metropolis of 3.6 million people on Brazil's northeastern coast 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.
But don't expect the smooth sounds of bossa nova and samba, the musical genres most identified with Brazil. This is the land of frenetic, body-to-body dance music that will make you sweat.

Located where the Capibaribe and Beberibe rivers meet theAtlantic Ocean, Recife is a city of endless waterways and bridges some call it the "Brazilian Venice."               

One of Brazil's oldest cities, Recife boomed as the world's leading sugar producer in the early 17th Century. Colorful vestiges of that era are still on display in the city's historic districts, giving it a colonial charm among modern skyscrapers.

Soccer fans coming to Recife for the World Cup in June will miss Carnival, but will still get a good taste of the city's love affair with street parties.

Recife will host five World Cup games, Ivory Coast vs Japan; Italy vs Costa Rica; Croatia vs Mexico, USA vs Germany and a round 16 other matches.


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