Recife is a busy city with modern buildings, but also some colonial houses and churches from the 17th century. Two formal Dutch forts are situated in Recife: Fort Brum and Forte dos cinco Pontas. The last one offers a small exposition about the Dutch colonial period. You can visit Itamararacá, an island about 50 kilometers north of Recife. Here you can visit another Dutch fort; Forte Orange. Forte Orange was build by the Dutch in 1630 to defend themselves against the attacks of the Portuguese.