Do Carmo Square, Olinda

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A 400-year-old church dominates Do Carmo Square, an area representative of baroque Brazil. This is the oldest and largest square in the city, once known to locals as Praça da Preguiça (Square of Laziness). Today, it is a bustling neighborhood dotted by busy restaurants and shops. Walk through it to get to the historic town center, a World Heritage Site. Before you leave the square, take a moment to hire a young guide. These youths, trained by the city and working for a small fee, can show you the city’s many nooks and crannies, places off the beaten path often missed by regular tourists. Do Carmo Square is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Olinda Edition.
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  • Cool site, watch the night. Around a few bars and restaurants in amparo ... nice for pictures:)
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  • I recommend visiting along with a guide to the city that charge $50.00. They explain in great detail how it was built.
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  • Beautiful place with several options of historical sites to meet and be charmed with the beautiful buildings.
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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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