Two days in Olinda, Brazil – Photo Diary

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.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

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.

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Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Brazilian fashion

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 :).

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.

Discovering beautiful Olinda in Brazil.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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One of the most beautiful colonial towns in Brazil: Olinda.

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10 Responses
  • Alexandra
    September 5, 2016

    Amazing post! I hope one day I will get to Brazil :) And dress is amazing as well :O

    Ally,
    http://www.inspo-book.blogspot.com

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Alexandra!

  • Sylvia
    September 5, 2016

    What a beautiful photography! I love the navy dress :)

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Sylvia :).

  • Norman
    September 6, 2016

    You sure know how to use your camera. Such coloroful (and sharp) pictures. and that golden light :) <3

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      It’s the photographer’s credit, Norman but thanks.

  • Michaela
    September 6, 2016

    Oh wow, such a beautiful place! Love the colours! And you look beautiful too :))

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Michaela :).

  • kaleigh
    September 8, 2016

    Great post!! I love you photos! Looks like such a wonderful time. :)

  • Hidden Gems
    September 24, 2016

    Thanks, Kaleigh.

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