Caixa d'Agua Alto da Se / Elevador Panoramico, Olinda

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Observation Deck Tourist Spot
Opened in late 2011, Caixa d'Agua Alto da Se / Elevador Panoramico is an old water tower transformed into an observation deck offering 360 degree panoramic views. An elevator takes you 20 meters (66 feet) up from which you can clearly see the cities Olinda and Recife, the harbor, lighthouse, the different shades of the blue sea, and even the reef. Access is controlled, taking only a few people at a time, but the short queue is worth the wait. Caixa d'Agua Alto da Se / Elevador Panoramico serves as a great introduction to the historic city of Olinda. Make Caixa d'Agua Alto da Se / Elevador Panoramico a centerpiece of your Olinda vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Olinda tourist route planner.
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  • The Alto da Se is a long time must for visits to Olinda both for the view, buildings, atmosphere and vendor stalls (many on weekends) with sunset being a favorite time. The Caixa d'Agua access is new ...  more »
  • We went up to check the views and they are really nice. Not so different from what you see from the other (free) "mirantes", but since it's cheap (less 2 dollars per person), we went for it.  more »
  • This is a nice place to go at the end of the day to see the city and relax. There is a friendly little market where you can buy cold drinks including caipirinhas and snack on some tapioca sandwiches a...  more »

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Where to stay in Olinda

In keeping with the city's quaint heritage and architecture, most of the accommodations in Olinda are small, family-run inns or private rentals. This generally keeps prices low, with plenty of budget options available, although during carnival time expect to pay triple the usual rate on almost any inn or hotel in town. The old-town neighborhood of Carmo, with its proximity to many of the best attractions in Olinda, offers by far the highest concentration of places to stay and allows you to immerse yourself in the charming surroundings. Look along the city's northern coast to find several good beachside hotels where you can relax and find easy access to the water.
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