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The beach of Porto de Galinhas, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the city, has been repeatedly awarded the title of best beach in Brazil and has drawn many tourists.
Like all other cities in the Northeast, Recife is developing its tourist sector.
Recife had a clear advantage in relation to Olinda: Olinda has no harbour, while Recife's Harbor is one of the largest on the Atlantic Ocean.
Recife's victory asserted the supremacy of its bourgeoisie over the decadent sugar aristocrats of Olinda. Recife is now a large city whereas Olinda is a small historical town.
At the time, in Europe, sugarcane plantations could be grown only in Andalusia and the Algarve; in the 1420s, sugarcane was carried to the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores; the sugar from Brazil was very much appreciated in Europe.
Duarte Coelho found in Pernambuco plenty of fertile land and an excellent climate for the cultivation of cane; all he needed was labor to work the crops and to keep the "engenhos" (rustic wooden machinery) moving.
(this system had already been successful in the settlement of the Portuguese colonies in Africa).