Do Carmo Square, Olinda

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. With our international travel planner, Olinda attractions like Do Carmo Square can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Cultural and religious center of Olinda. That's where the carnival takes place. Also every Sunday there are several cultural activities there.
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  • July 22, 2017
    The lovely Praça do Carmo is the gateway of Olinda and leads the Church of the same name, the place is very beautiful and historical, but are many guides harassing, who at first gives a little fear, would need to be a little more policing in place.
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  • July 16, 2017
    the campus has buildings, pavilions, trees and plants that make it very attractive as I ride to be toured with time and so appreciate its beauty.
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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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