The SpaceThis holiday home of Brazilian dance teacher Ubiracy Santana and Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen is a simple construction in the local style, with a nice high roof and plenty of ventilation; making it a pleasant place to stay with up to 4 people. It's available for short stays, but also very much recommended for longer stays, and we have special prices for that.
One bedroom has a large double bed, the other has a bunkbed and doubles as a small office space. Don't expect luxuries or perfectionism here, but it's a comfortable enough place, nonetheless. There is a simple kitchen with a large furnace, and a roomy bathroom with a shower (cold, because the Northeast is hot enough...) We have, as much as possible, tried to use local furniture and products from places such as the Mercado São Jose in the decoration of our house. If you need more beds or even rooms, let us know and we can usually arrange something.
We (Michiel & Ubiracy, your AirBnB contacts) speak English, Dutch and Portuguese, while your local hosts speak Portuguese. However, they are used to dealing with foreign travelers, so, with a bit of creativity, you'll surely be able to communicate the basics, even if you don't speak any Portuguese.
The house is a great place to get to know Brazil beyond the tourist destinations. It's located on a small compound of 4 houses belonging to the Santana family, who enjoy local fame due their involvement in many cultural and social activities such as the Darue Malungo school; some members are famed dancers and musicians, and if that's something you are interested in, you can surely be taken along to some of their activities. We're pretty sure you'll be sorry to say goodbye to Dona Moça and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, some of whom you're bound to get to know during your stay.
Located in a neighborhood slightly outside the city centre, both the beautiful old centre of Recife and the charming colonial town of Olinda are only a short taxi ride away, and can also be accessed by buses from nearby bus-stops. The rua Clara is not far from Recife's Centro de Convenções/Convention Centre.
When you make your reservation, you'll receive extensive practical information with local phone numbers, tips on getting around the area, shopping, and more.
There's a breezy yard, which, though not a manicured garden, has some beautiful, shady fruit trees, waiting for you to have your breakfast under them or string your hammock between them. Breakfast, by the way, is something you can take care of yourself, or which can be arranged by the family. Same goes for the other meals; nearby Rua da Regeneração has some simple but nice restaurants and food stalls to try out as well.
Part of the profits for this listing, and all of any (locally arranged) expenses for breakfast and laundry services go to the local Santana family. Getting AroundHi - Welcome to Arruda!
The Rua Clara 150 is a little bit outside of the centre of Recife, in the neighbourhood of Arruda, more or less in the middle between Recife’s old centre and Olinda. Here’s some local information that may be useful during your visit.
The local telephone number of Dona Moça is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), and your other host, Nara's is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (both Portugues spoken only). From our home in Holland, we’ll make sure that they are aware that you are coming on the agreed dates.
You’ll receive keys to the house your staying at, and for the surrounding gate.
The easiest way to get to and from the Rua Clara is probably by taxi. You can usually find taxi’s waiting near the corner of Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração. If not, walk to the corner of Rua da Regeneração and Rua das Moças, or flag one on the Rua da Regeneração. Taxis are not very expensive and both Recife Centre and Olinda are about 10 minutes away, depending on traffic. The airport and Boa Viagem are some 20 minutes away by taxi.
To get back to the Rua Clara by taxi, the best and easiest way to instruct a taxi driver when you’re coming from either Olinda or Recife Centre is to say ‘Arruda - pelo clube das Pás!” (you may even want to write that down to show them). That means the driver will enter the neighbourhood of Arruda at the famous Clube das Pás - and from there, he basically just has to follow the road all the way (really - all the way) to the end, take a left and directly after a right and you’re home.
If, for some reason, that doesn’t work, you can ask them to go in the direction of Rua da Regeneraçao, Rua das Moças or the Empresa de Ônibus São Paulo (antiga depôsito da Coca Cola). Some older people may remember that the ‘Vacaria de Seu Biu’ used to be right where the house you are staying at is now.
Buses go just about everywhere from the area, even the airport, but waiting times can sometimes be long. Olinda and Recife’s old centre are generally easy to access by bus, and take about 20 minutes depending on traffic.
From near the corner of Rua da Regeneraçao and Rua das Moças, buses go to many destinations, of which Central Recife will probably be the most useful.
There are buses to, amongst others, Shopping Tacaruna and Olinda from near the corner of Rua Jerônimo Vilela and Estrada de Belém, a 5 minute walk.
Buses and routes change a lot, so it’s best to check locally for the most current information.
The area around Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração is a modest, working class area, but generally friendly and quite nice to visit on foot. If you plan to do a lot of walking there, it may be good to get some advice from one of the family members on the compound, as there are some poorer areas nearby (as you’ll find in most of Brazil) that may be best visited accompanied by a local, first. Going to the centres of either Recife or Olinda is best done by taxi or bus, as distances can be deceptive and some areas hard to access.
You’ll find some good bakeries, vegetable stores, a pharmacy, small grocery stores and a few simple restaurants and bars down the Rua da Regeneração.
If you want to do some bigger grocery shopping, you may want to take a 5 minute taxi ride to the huge Bompreço near the Estádio de Futebol (the soccer stadium). Shopping Tacaruna is a large, luxurious shopping mall with a good selection of shops on the way to Olinda, also 5 or 10 minutes by taxi.
If you want some more ‘interesting’ shopping, think of the Mercado São José, Shopping Alfândiga and Livraria Cultura, and the area around Rua da Concordia for musical instruments, all near Recife Antiga.
MEALS AND LAUNDRY
Breakfast and other meals, as well as laundry services can be provided by the Santana family. I don’t have a price list yet, but prices are modest, and to be arranged locally.