The perfect destination for those looking for sun, warmth and tranquility, Fortaleza is one of the largest capitals in the Northeast and offers an excellent hotel and gastronomic infrastructure.
Surrounded by beautiful beaches and small fishing villages, the capital of Ceará stands out for its number of attractions, attracting thousands of Brazilian and foreign tourists.
the edge of Iracema Beach brings together the vast majority of hotels, bars and restaurants installed in the city. The strip of sand usually gets even busier during the weekends, when the Iracema fair takes place. already the Future beach It is the great darling of the people of Fortaleza. Its huge strip of sand concentrates numerous options of great restaurants that promise to improve your stay on the beach. Crocobeach, Barraca Atlantidz and Sunrise Beach Club offer facilities equipped with swimming pools, courts and playgrounds, and are among the favorites of tourists.
In addition to beaches, Strength counts with several historical monuments scattered in the city, important constructions and innumerable cultural options, as the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture, located on Rua Dragão do Mar, close to Praia de Iracema. The complex houses the Cearense Culture Memorial, the Contemporary Art Museum, a planetarium, cinemas and theater. At night the bars and restaurants installed in the historic mansions rock at night with live music performances.
The proximity to other municipalities makes for great trips to other paradisiacal scenarios in the state. Cumbuco, for example, is surrounded by dunes and lagoons, which attract the attention of kite surfers who take advantage of the region's strong winds to practice the sport. Aquiraz, on the other hand, is only 50 km away from Fortaleza and is famous for having the largest water park in Latin America.
Other options are the charming Canoa Quebrada, Lagoinha and Beberibe. Strength yields beach throughout the year, with heat and a lot of wind. The high season runs from July to December. The rainy season, from January to May, is a good time to combine the beach and urban walks. Craftsmanship is also very present in Strength, there are several fairs and markets around the city that expose local works in labyrinth lace.
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What to do in Fortaleza
Fortaleza has more than 30 km of beaches, among the most famous are Iracema, Meireles, do Futuro and Mucuripe. With an always very busy shore, Praia de Iracema has a large number of bars and restaurants and is a favorite region for bohemians from Ceará. On the left side, the beach ends at Ponte dos Ingleses, or metallic bridge, the old port of the city that is very popular during the sunset.
Praia do Meireles is between Iracema and Praia do Mucuripe. In this region of the coast are some of the best hotels in the city as well as many restaurants specializing in national and international cuisine.
A favorite among bathers, Praia do Futuro is 7 km long with clear waters and stronger waves than other beaches. It is the most popular of Strength.
Located 50 minutes from Strength the city of Aquiraz is very famous for its paradisiacal coastline, but its main attraction is the largest water park in Latin America. Beach Park offers an extensive list of activities and water slides for tourists to enjoy. The main attraction can be seen from afar with 41 meters high where the brave person plummets in free fall in less than 1 minute.
Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture
The Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture is a cultural space with modern architecture that brings together an intense program with plays, films, space for concerts, art galleries. The center brought constant movement to this region and encouraged the restoration of the surrounding neoclassical mansions, which were transformed into bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Beira Mar craft fair
The Beira-Mar Handicraft Fair has several shops with handicrafts and souvenirs. The fair is located at the beginning of the main avenue of Bairro de Iracema in front of the sea.
José de Alencar Theater
One of the biggest symbols of Fortaleza, Theatro José e Alencar has a beautiful facade in neoclassical style that impresses. On the guided tour it is possible to learn about the history of the attraction and the garden that was planned by Burle Marx, one of the greatest landscapers in Brazil.
Y-Park and Cachaça Museum
Built on the premises of a 19th century farm, the Ypióca farm is a museum with a still, an exhibition of films, machines, old bottles, ovens and sugarcane crushers. The space also has a themed space with zip lines, a wall for climbing and a tree climbing circuit.
The museum has a collection of seven thousand pieces, including furniture, clothing and historical objects such as the hat, cassock and cane of Father Cícero and a dagger by the outlaw Lampião.
Ceará Handicraft Center
The best place to buy handicrafts and regional pieces in the city. At the Handicraft Center it is possible to find pieces made with leather, ceramics, wood and lace.
Other tourist attractions in Fortaleza:
- Rubens de Azevedo Planetarium
- Praça Luiza Távora
- José de Alencar House
- Church of Our Lady of Conception in Prainha
- Our Lady of Assumption Fortress
How to get to Fortaleza
Fortaleza Pinto Martins International Airport receives daily flights from the main capitals of Brazil.
From the South, Southeast and other capitals of the Northeast, except for Teresina and São Luís, access is via BR-101 to Natal, BR-406, BR-304 and BR-116.
From Maranhão: access via BR-135, BR-316 (to Teresina), BR-343 and BR-222.
From Piauí: access via BR-343 and BR-222.
The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Fortaleza, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital of Ceará.
Fortaleza bus station
Tel: (85) 3235-0688
Best time to visit Fortaleza
Temperatures in Fortaleza are always high regardless of the season, always hovering around 27ºC. Between the months of July and December, the sun is guaranteed almost every day, in the first half of the year, the region usually receives frequent showers.
The coast of Ceará is internationally famous for the strong winds present throughout the year, this phenomenon attracts wind and kite surfers to several Ceará destinations. During national holidays such as Carnival and New Year's Eve, Fortaleza hosts large events and shows, so if you decide to visit the destination during this period, make your hotel and airline reservations in advance, as the city is usually very busy.
Where to stay in Fortaleza
Strength It has an excellent hotel chain structure, with options for all tastes and pockets. The most famous resorts in the state are located in other municipalities very close by, such as Cumbuco and Aquiraz. The accommodation options by the sea are between the neighborhoods of Mucuripe and Meirelles, on Praia de Iracema. Some options are Ibis Fortaleza Praia de Iracema, The luminaries it's the Holiday Inn. This region is home to most hotels in the city and is a great value for money due to its location (close to other attractions such as Dragão do Mar, Centro and Praia do Futuro).
Those who value peace and tranquility can stay close to the coconut groves that surround Praia do Futuro, the most popular in the region. Our recommendation for those staying on the beach is the Vila Gale.
Porto das Dunas is 25 km east of Strength, in the municipality of Aquiraz, and offers great options for resorts. The Beach Park complex has 4 resorts with varied features and services. of all, the Beach Park Suites is the most structured. Cumbuco Beach is on the opposite side of Aquiraz, approximately 30 km from Fortaleza. There are other great options for Resorts by the sea, such as carmel it's the Vila Gale Cumbuco.
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