These twin cities, within sight of each other on the northeastern coast of Brazil, are more fraternal than identical. The Portuguese founded Olinda on a steep hillside in 1530, and it found riches from exporting sugar cane. Its charming, well-preserved old town is crammed with lavish baroque architecture, red tiled roofs and church towers, and stunning vistas of the sea. The Dutch later founded Recife at the mouth of a river, and it became a capital of Dutch Brazil. Today, this big, seaside bustling city is filled with high rises and a vibrant commercial center. Both its restored historic downtown and the Boa Viagem beach and boardwalk area have a great restaurant and nightlife scene.