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Introduction

Olinda

Olinda

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Olinda is a stunning historic city outside of Recife. Located along the coast and having one of best preserved colonial old towns in Brazil this city is well worth the visit. For the cities official site click here.

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Sights and Activities

Spend some time exploring the old town. The historic centre of Olinda is on the Unesco World Heritage List and when walking around you will see why.

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Getting There

By Bus

Regular buses travel between Recife and Olinda.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Albergue Sitio do CarmoRua Justino Goncalves, 75 CarmoHOSTEL82
Casa de HiltonRua do Sol, 77 CarmoHostel-
HI Albergue de OlindaRua do Sol, 233 CarmoHostel81
Hotel Pousada Praia dos MilagresRua Manoel Borba, 235 CarmoGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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Olinda Travel Helpers

  • robertambf

    I am from Olinda and used to work with tourism there. me and my friends always loved to meet people travelling by! we love our little town, we know lots of people there and all the events and tourism related businesses. it is a pleasure for me to give any help about it! :D

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