Fernando de Noronha and Porto de Galinhas are two of the most popular beach destinations among Brazilians and foreigners. No wonder: both are true paradises, combining incredible scenery and waters at warm temperatures almost all year round, which pleases any visitor.
So, unhurriedly enjoying these two places is the way to go. In a week of sightseeing, it is possible to find activities for those who enjoy beaches with many waves and for those who don't want any waves, for those who like to rest and do nothing and for those seeking an activity after another, for those who want to dive and practice water sports and for those who want to enjoy the local cuisine.
Porto de Galinhas is about 70 km from Recife. If you are coming from other States, it is best to get on a plane to the capital of Pernambuco and from there rent a car. Or to take a bus to go from Recife to Porto de Galinhas. Refer to the lines that make this route.
On the first day, a good option is to take a walk on the beach and go on a raft ride departing from the Porto de Galinhas Beach to the natural pools, where you can watch some of the incredible marine fauna of the place. So don't forget the diving equipment, which you can take or rent there! On the way back, it's worth it to take a walk around the village.
The "Ponta a Ponta" tour lasts a full day and takes you for a buggy ride around some of the most famous beaches in the region, such as the Muro Alto and Maracaípe Beaches. The latter, with its big waves and blue sea, hosts national and international surfing championships. From there, you can go to Pontal de Maracaípe and watch the seahorses!
Named Caribe Pernambucano (Caribbean Pernambuco) after its clear waters and palm trees, Praia dos Carneiros is one of the most beautiful in the region. Make some time to go there. Then, lay down on in its sands and only get up to visit the small church of São Benedito and get some lunch at one of its restaurants. Those who feel up to it can also go on a raft ride through the mangroves. Back to Porto de Galinhas, be sure to visit the workshop of the famous artist Carcará, who carves chickens in palm tree trunks!
Time to go to Fernando de Noronha. The easiest way to reach the island is by plane. The daily flights depart from Recife and Natal and last about 1 hour. But it is important to know that to enjoy Noronha it is necessary to pay two fees: one of environmental preservation, charged per day of stay, and another for those who want to visit the National Marine Park, valid for 10 days.
The flights always arrive in the afternoon, so take the rest of the day to visit some of the beaches closer to the center, such as the quiet Praia do Cachorro, Praia do Meio and the trendy Praia da Conceição. You can reach them by bus, taxi and bicycle. At night, make some time to watch one of the lectures of the Tamar project, which is responsible for the preservation of sea turtles.
Hop on a buggy and spend the whole day getting to know the best places and beaches of Noronha, with stops for swimming and diving in some of them, like in the Sancho and Porcos Bays. In the late afternoon, watch the Sunset at Forte do Boldró. It’s unforgettable!
The first destination of the day is the Golfinhos Bay. Go on a boat ride early in the morning through the waters of Mar de Dentro, facing the continent, and see dolphins jumping around you! At the afternoon, a great option is to replace the observation of calmer waters with the adrenaline of the rough sea, at the Cacimba do Padre Beach, with big waves which rank among the best in the Country for surfing.
The next day is the last one. The flights depart from Noronha in the afternoon, so you can take the morning to visit the natural pools of Atalaia Beach, where you can see thousands of fish and even baby sharks. The trail is short (30 minutes). Don't forget to book beforehand, because the tour is very popular.