OVERVIEW OF PORTO DE GALINHAS
Needless to say a lot about it: Porto de Galinhas is one of the best beach destinations in Brazil. His pictures, characterized by green water between natural pools, will pop eyes and pluck exclamations of the most skeptical.
The district belongs to the municipality of Ipojuca, Pernambuco state, and has the facility of being only 60km away from Recife International Airport (REC). The practicality to get there is the same as if you have to go into the sea and you´ll have no more desire to leave it. The warm and pleasant water throughout the year, invite for a swim and have the potential to gain the heart of people of all ages.
The Praia da Vila, or Porto de Galinhas is one of the hits of the region and the starting point of the fishermen specific boats called “jangadas”, leading to the natural pools where the fishes are. The beauty of nature means everything by itself and makes understanding why Porto is all this success. In Muro Alto Beach, another important place to include in the script is the lull that impresses. The beach looks like a lagoon and those who dive in its waters is in serious danger of not wanting to go home. Porto has different beaches, with different elements, but a singular beauty.
Staying in such a beautiful location has its price and often it is not the most modest. In summer, the destination is crowded and expensive. Porto de Galinhas lives two realities: one of the glamorous resorts and one of the hostels. The location, however, not intefere the fun and visual – wherever you look the scenery is breathtaking.
In addition to the sea, the place offers varied walks, great shops to buy handicrafts, friendly people and the typical regioanl cuisine. In menus, with options for every taste, appreciate the proximity to the sea and the flavors of the hinterland. Hard not to please!
Single, busy, expensive but possible – Porto de Galinhas is a beautiful destination, it’s worth the visit.
WHEN TO GO
To the delight of travelers, the typical heat of the Brazilian Northeast is present all year in Porto de Galinhas and so the place is never completely empty. The weather, however, suffers variations over the seasons and has a rainy winter. The average annual temperature in this region is 26ºC, ensuring that sea water is warm all year round, always nice for a swim.
Summer in Porto de Galinhas is synonymous with high season, high prices, crowded inns, beaches full and very (very) hot! Summer is the driest period, with temperatures easily pass 30 ° C. In winter, rainy, with more attractive prices and less crowded beaches, the temperature does not drop abruptly and is around 24ºC.
From a climate point of view, avoid traveling between April and August, because of the rains – but remember that the weather is fickle and even during a trip in that period, good sunny days can happen.
Between the second half of December and Carnival, Porto de Galinhas is fiercely competitive and receives its larger audience, resulting in exorbitant prices in hostels and hotels. To escape the high prices without the risk of traveling in the rainy season, we recommend traveling in March (after Carnival) in September, October and November.
Whatever the time of year you choose to travel, it is of great importance to be attached to the board tides and monitor the best days for the natural pools formation.
They form during low tide – a fact that takes place twice a day. The phases of the moon directly influence the tides; therefore, not all moons are cool to find low tides. In the weeks of full moon and new moon, the oscillation between the highest point and the lowest tide is higher (close to 0.0 / 0.1 and 2.5), so the tides are shallower and more flooding during this period and are the best weeks for a trip.
PORTO DE GALINHAS is about 60 km from Recife and Guararapes Airport (Receife´s airport); it is a region of great visitation and relative proximity to Recife, then to get to the site is simple.
For those who do not stay in Recife and arrives at the bus station or from the Recife International Airport – one of the best and most modern airports in Brazil, you must think about how to commute to Porto de Galinhas.
It is up to the traveler to decide the best form of transportation. If the budget is low or if the trip is made in a small group, a private transfer is recommended, while for those who prefer to save money or traveling alone, shared transfer is the best way. Check out the transportation options and analyze what is the best for your profile
Coming out of upstate, from Recife and Recife Airport, the main access is the BR-101, where it picks up the PE-060 to Ipojuca. From Ipojuca, you will take the PE-038 to “Nossa Senhora do Ó” and then the BR-009, which passes close to the beach of Muro Alto, Cupe and runs through the center of Porto de Galinhas.
South leaving, the access is through the BR-101 and the EP-060.
Bus to Porto de Galinhas departs from the front of the Recife International Airport and also from the TIP (main road) at various times. For those who want to leave the airport and take a bus, there is no difficulty,
Who are in a small group (4 or 5 people, depending on the vehicle), may make the transfer with one of our suppliers. This is a quick and comfortable way to get to Porto, with good price guarantee, and drop travelers off exactly where they want to stay.
WHAT TO DO IN PORTO DE GALINHAS
Porto de Galinhas is just one more perfect beach destination. There are unlimited kilometers of sandy beaches, reefs and natural pools. Perfect to relax or enjoy some tours of the region.
Below is the description of available tours in Porto de Galinhas.
Located 30 kilometers from Recife, Igarassu is the commencement of the history of Pernambuco. You´ll visit the Church of Saints Cosme and Damião, the Convent of St. Antonio, representative art gallery housing the colonial phase. We will go through Itapissuma, the ‘Land of the Crustaceans,’.Crossing the Getúlio Vargas Bridge, we shall arrive to the island, with its beaches of quiet waters, and the sweet flavor of the many tropical fruits.
What to consider before traveling?
- Pay by credit or debit card is not a problem for those visiting Porto de Galinhas, as many establishments accept cards.
- The village of Porto de Galinhas has ATMs of several banks and the 24h cash machine.
- Give preference to tours with buggy drivers and taxi drivers that we will suggest you. Making ride with whom you already have indication, good service is more guaranteed.
- If traveling during the rainy season, expect to find mud puddles on the streets.
- Do not forget to pack the sunscreen and a hat or cap. The sun of Porto de Galinhas is very strong, so be careful with burns.
Understanding Tide Table
When planning a trip for the Brazilian Northeast, it is important to keep an eye on Tide Table. The board can be seen in the Navy or surfing sites.
The natural pools of Porto de Galinhas and other destinations are formed when the tide is low, a fact that happens twice a day. You must know that the phases of the moon directly influence the tides; therefore, not all moons are good to find low tide. Note that, in the weeks of full moon and new moon, the oscillation between the highest and the lowest tide is higher (close to 0.0 / 0.1 and 2.5), so the tides are shallower and more flooded in that period; so are the best weeks for a trip.