With twelve miles of urban coastline and a buzzing party atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Fortaleza is a popular holiday destination with both Brazilians and foreigners alike. Large and sprawling, Fortaleza boasts plenty of spectacular urban beaches, as well as cute fishing enclaves and private bays. Head away from the beach and you’ll find the historic Centro neighbourhood, which offers plenty of quaint streets lined with cute coffee shops and traditional boutiques.
Airports in Fortaleza
Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR) is the main airport serving the city of Fortaleza. The airport is named after the Brazilian navigator Euclides Pinto Martins, who pioneered the air link between New York and Rio de Janeiro.
Airlines that fly to Fortaleza
There are no direct flights from the UK to Fortaleza. You can fly from Europe with Condor from Frankfurt, Meridiana from Milan, and TAP Portugal from Lisbon. Airlines flying from domestic destinations include Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Gol Airlines, TACV, and TAM Airlines.
Getting into Fortaleza
Bus 404 runs between the airport and the city centre, and stops at a range of places along the way including the beaches and bus station. One way tickets cost R$2 (less than 50p).*
Airport taxis offer fixed prices depending on where you’re going. Travel to most of the tourist areas costs around R$32 (about £7.30)*. Regular taxis use a meter, but you should expect to pay around R$25 (about £5.70)* if you’re heading to Praia de Iracema. Always confirm prices with the driver before you set off.
It’s also possible to hire a car at the airport from a range of leading rental car companies. Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty all have a base at the airport, as do local companies Unidas, Movida and Localiza.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Fortaleza
If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, sunbathing, or water-sporting it’s probably best to avoid Fortaleza during the wet season, which lasts from January to June. It can get quite humid in the city, thunderstorms are frequent, and torrential rain can quickly chase you from the beach and back to your hotel. Then again, it might be worth braving the rain for Carnival, which usually takes place in February or March. The party isn’t as big as Rio’s, but it’s still a sight well worth seeing.
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