As one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil, Olinda has major charm. From the beautifully colored streets to the quirky fashion boutiques, the city is both laid back and active – they were still celebrating the Carnaval even after it had officially ended.
The colours of Olinda
We arrived in Olinda from Porto de Galinhas just days after the Carnaval had officially ended. The streets were dirty and there were still people dressed for the Carnaval…
After spending a few days by the beach, we had become a bit lazy, so we took it slowly in Olinda. Since we only had two full days, we decided to walk around and discover it, rather than having a list of the “must see’.
We walked around the cobbled streets, stopping in front of each beautifully colored house, snapping pictures at every corner. Olinda is photographic heaven and Bertrand could not have been happier. As for me, I was in love with the fashion boutiques. I just love the colours, patterns, shapes, and fabrics they use in Brazil.
I found this “Brazilian butt” dress at a local boutique in Porto de Galinhas and it was love at first sight :). When you are backpacking, space is an issue so shopping is not really a priority. But from time to time, we treated ourselves to something new.
Olinda proved to be the perfect background for my new dress and doing this photo shoot was great fun. With no pressure to achieve a certain result, we just took advantage of the great light conditions at sunset and the beautifully coloured houses found everywhere. And yes, I did climb someone’s window to take a picture. Don’t judge me :).
Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.
How and Where to
How to get there: We took a bus from Porto de Galinhas to the Center of Olinda.
Where to stay: We stayed at Pousada Duarte Coelho which was great. I have to mention the owner, Adriane, who was a joy to spend time with and one of the most helpful hosts we had in South America. She even drove us (for free) to Recife on our last day before flying to Fortaleza for the final Brazilian adventure: Jericoacoara.
Where to eat: We eat twice at Creperia de Olinda. I highly recommend the spinach crepe. Another very good and less expensive place is Panaderia Globo, both a kilo restaurant and a food shop. The juices there are quite good.
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