Fortaleza is one of the most complete cities in Brazil. It has rich
history and historical buildings all over the city. It is modern with a
great tourist infrastructure. It has a vibrant, must enjoy nightlife. Want
more? Ok, I thought you would. It has astonishing beaches. Talk about
having it all.
capital of the state of Ceara has two million inhabitants, a friendly and
smiling people. You will feel at home in this charming city.
Besides its own
beautiful beaches, Fortaleza is the starting point to Ceara amazing
and Canoa Quebrada are small fishing villages with stunning beaches. Jericoacoara is
among the most beautiful in the world.
get back to Fortaleza and get to the point: what is there to do there? You
will be amazed!
Attractions: a Blast!
most famous beach in Fortaleza is Praia do Futuro. Besides being a
beautiful beach of white and fine sand, it has great infrastructure with
several bars and restaurants. Don’t skip the good fish and shrimp they
serve at the
restaurants. It is absolutely delicious. The trendiest
kiosks on Praia do futuro Itaparicá, Biruta e Chico do Caranguejo.
There is live music, games, playgrounds for the children and it is also
good for the surf lovers.
Porto das Dunas, 31 km
Fortaleza, is a beautiful and quiet place. Well, not that quiet. Porto das
Dunas is home to the Beach Park and if you are into water parks, this one
is a must in your Brazil travel itinerary. The Beach Park is one of the largest water parks in South America.
popular attraction is the Insano (Insane), a water slide that equals the
height of a 104 floors building. Its speed reaches 101 km/h in four
seconds. It is a great place to go because it suits everyone, from small
children to the most radical teenager and all the others in between. My
husband and my daughter, both crazy about water and parks, had to be
dragged out of there.
das Dunas also has got great hotel options. If you are more into natural
beauty and peace, you should consider a hotel here instead of Fortaleza.
From here you can go to Prainha a simple and enchanting fishing village,
36km from Fortaleza. This is the place for a soothing walk on the beach.
walking, check the Centro das Rendeiras where local artisans make artwork
in lace. Craft in Ceara is beautiful and inexpensive.
about checking out the dunes in Cumbuco? Best way to do it is by buggy.
The bugueiro (buggy driver) is going to ask you if you want the ride with
emotion (com emocao) or without it (sem emocao).
are more into taking in the view and having a relaxing ride skip the
emotion. We had it with it “com emoção”. I don’t have a vote in this kind
of stuff with a husband and a daughter like mine.
In the middle of the
Dunes you find the Lagoa do Banana (Banana Lagoon) where you can stop for
a drink, a snack and a swim. It is an oasis where you can go for a
banana-boat or a kayak ride.
From the exquisite
beach of Cumbuco, you can go for a Jangada ride in the ocean. Cumbuco is
28 km away from Fortaleza, on the Costa do Sol Poente (Sunset Coast).
goes other attractions in and around Fortaleza you should check out
according to your time and itinerary plans.
(Beira Mar Avenue) - go for a walk. There is a variety of kiosks,
bars and also a crafts fair (feira de artesanato) where you can purchase
great items. It opens everyday from 4pm to 10pm. You can do that after
dinner, at the end of great day on the beach.
Ingleses - great place to enjoy Fortaleza
sunset. Another option for a nice way to end the day with golden key.
Located at the end of the sidewalk of Praia da Iracema.
Centro de Turismo
(Turismo Center - Rua Senador Pompeu, 350, Centro) -
Shopping, shopping, shopping! There 104 boxes/stores to choose from
all kinds of local craft, which is wonderful. From beachwear to hammocks,
and also Cajun nuts, cachaça and traditional sweets. You can find
second floor there are two museums: Museu dos Minerais (Minerals Museum)
and Museu de Arte e Culturas Populares (Art and Popular Culture Museum).
Since we are
talking about shopping, Mercado Central (Central Market - Avenida
Alberto Nepomuceno, 199 - Centro) is another great option for craft. Also check the Centro de
Artesanato do Ceara (Ceart), in Praca Luiza Tavora (Avenida Santos
Dumont,1589, bairro Aldeota).
Museu do Ceará
(Ceara Museum - Rua Sao Paulo, 51 - Centro) - exquisite building fo the
early 1800s. It offers guided visits.
Fortaleza you can visit some of Brazil’s most precious places:
was considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by the
Quebrada you will leave you speechless with its
Natal 540 km, Teresina 637 km, Joao Pessoa 690 km, Recife 800 km, Sao Luis
1070 km, Salvador 1390 km, Rio de Janeiro 2805 km, Sao Paulo 3130 km.