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The vibrant city of Fortaleza is known for its sunny beaches and busy nightlife. It’s a favourite domestic holiday destination, so expect to see lots of Brazilian tourists sunning themselves beside you on the 25km of urban beach.

Fortaleza is a very cultural city, and is proud of its artistic traditions. It was home of the “Spiritual Bakery” literary movement during the 1890’s, and there are a number of statues dedicated to authors dotted around town.

Most of Fortaleza’s sights (and hotels) are concentrated around the beaches and the city centre. Each area has its own characteristics.


The heart of the city surrounds Praça do Ferreira, a huge square in the downtown district. Most tourists prefer to stay in the beach neighbourhoods, but there are a few hotels in Centro too. Downtown Fortaleza is characterised by its colourful colonial buildings, shady parks, and large shopping malls. The pedestrian district around R. Guillherme Rocha has a good mix of traditional brick and mortar shops and street vendors. In terms of sightseeing, the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture is worthwhile as is the huge cathedral: the third largest in Brazil.


Meireles is one of the top tourist destinations: it has the highest concentration of hotels in Fortaleza, and the airport bus drops visitors off at the area’s Papicu bus terminal. The Meireles beach area is famous for its wide promenade, which comes alive after 5pm with the evening craft fair. During the day it’s a popular jogging spot. There are plenty of bars and rustic restaurants, as well as culture in the form of dance shows and comedy nights.


The beach at Mucuripe is slightly quieter than neighbouring Miereles but still offers a good selection of high end hotels. You’ll find plenty of boat trip kiosks along the promenade here. It’s also the best place to spot local fishermen heading out in their traditional jangada fishing boats. You can head to the south end of the beach to inspect the day’s catch at the fish market.


The Praia de Iracema is Fortaleza’s party beach, and is known for its bars and night clubs. There are some well priced hotels in the area, too. The Ponte dos Ingles pier (bridge of the Englishmen) gets busy in the evening as people gather to admire the unrivalled view of the Fortaleza’s coastline. Iracema’s restaurants offer a diverse range of cuisines and many of the restaurants have deals to entice tourists inside, so it’s a good place to dine.


Praia do Futuro is considered the best beach for swimming due to its lack of coral and the high quality of the beach front restaurants (barracas). While barracas are traditionally considered rustic, the ones along Futuro are anything but. Some have swimming pools, and others offer live music.