sponsored as caruaru, the largest city in the Pernambuco countryside is affectionately called the Capital of Forró. The reason is clear with the most popular rhythm of the region always present in stores, restaurants, hotels, cars and even with street vendors that offer various products always accompanied by a small radio.

It is not only for the forró that the city became known, owner of one of the richest cultures in Brazil, the city became well known for its craftsmanship made with clay that was introduced to Brazil and the world thanks to great artisans such as Vitalino, who managed to demonstrate the daily life of the Northeastern people through pieces shaped by clay, typical festivities that draw the attention of thousands of tourists, especially Holy Week, declared a Heritage Cultural Material and Inmaterial of the state and the huge popular fairs where clothes, typical products of the region and a lot of handicrafts produced through fibers, clay, leather and lace are sold.

Due to the hundreds of shops scattered in all the streets and alleys, the city center is always with a constant flow of people coming and going, reminding even a big capital. The neighborhood also has a wide range of beautiful attractions to know, the architecture of the city can be seen in imposing buildings such as the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the Convento dos Capuchinhos and the building that today houses the Memorial of the City of caruaru.

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Only 134 km away from Recife, caruaru It is the second largest city in the state and gains visibility during the months of June and July during the June festivities. The city shares with Campina Grande in Paraíba, the title of the biggest June festival in the country, transforming its center into a typical arraial, with stalls, bonfire, scenography and presentations by groups with more than 4 thousand dancers!

What to do:

Alto do Moura

The best-known neighborhood in the city was the birthplace of Vitalino Pereira dos Santos, known as Mestre Vitalino, an artisan who mastered the art made with clay and took Pernambuco's art to the world. In addition to the various shops and handicraft workshops, great restaurants and bars liven up at night offering typical foods in tents with barbecue, broths, cold beer always accompanied by forró pé de serra.


Photo: Moema Andrade

Caruaru Free Market

The great reputation of being one of the largest popular fairs in the country attracts visitors from all over the world, some looking for great prices and others out of curiosity. The gigantic fair has several sectors that are divided into clothing, footwear, handicrafts, fruits and spices. If hunger strikes during the tour, try to know a typical restaurant present in the center of the fair, very popular among the residents and workers of the region, in the menu sun-dried meat, cassava, barbecue and couscous.

Field of Geography at UFF in Northeast Brazil, Pernambuco.

Photo: Adriano Ferreira Rodrigues

Events Courtyard

Pátio do Forró is the stage for the biggest party in São João do Brasil, where, in addition to a lot of celebration and entertainment, tourists can also enjoy and find all kinds of popular culture in addition to tasting typical dishes of the region.


Photo: Renand Zovka

Museu do Barro Espaço Zé Caboclo

Located inside the Tancredo Neves Cultural Space. It is divided into the following rooms: Luiz Gonzaga, São João, Elba Ramalho, Mestre Vitalino, Artesãos do Alto do Moura, Abelardo Rodrigues, Pinacoteca and a temporary exhibition room. The collection has artistic and decorative pieces of clay, paintings about popular culture and belongings and references to artists and great names in the region.


Photo: Bruno Augusto

Cordel Olegario Fernandes Museum

The Cordel Museum, located at the Handicraft Fair, is a tribute to the cordelist from Caruaru, Olegário Fernandes, who described the history of the northeastern man, mainly from Caruaru, in a poetic way. The museum's collection consists of traditional twine, woodcut and linocut machines.


Photo: Renand Zovka

Severino Montenegro Municipal Environmental Park

The Parque Municipal Ambientalista Severino Montenegro is the first large urban park in the city and is located in the area of the old sowing, which was restructured and transformed into a public park. The architectural project includes a sensory garden, a lake with a waterfall, an amphitheater, bathrooms and parking.


Photo: Jackson Carvalho

Other tourist attractions of the destination:

  • Monument to Luiz Gonzaga
  • José Conde House of Culture
  • Morro do Bom Jesus
  • Rui Limeira Rosa Theater
  • Church of Bom Jesus
  • Church of Our Lady of Conception
  • Cathedral
  • Clay Museum
  • House of Bishops
  • fashion factory
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Frei Damião Memorial
  • Handicraft fair
  • Memorial of the City of Caruaru

How to get:

By airplane
The Internal Airport of Recife/ Guararapes – Gilberto Freyre is closest to Caruaru and one of the most modern in Brazil and receives daily flights from the main Brazilian capitals.

By car
Caruaru is located in the Pernambuco Agreste Mesoregion, 132 km east of Recife. From the capital of Pernambuco, take the BR 232.

By bus
The city receives several daily buses from the capital of Pernambuco.
Caruaru Bus Terminal
Av. José Pinheiro dos Santos, s/nº

Best time to visit Caruaru:

The best time to visit the city is in the months of June and July during the June festivities. The city has the biggest typical party in Brazil and offers a complete structure with numerous presentations of gangs.

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