The tropical climate and beautiful beaches, the exciting rhythms, vivid colors and delicious flavors make Fortaleza an unforgettable destination.
What to see in Fortaleza
There is so much to see in the suburbs of Fortaleza that many visitors end up not enjoying all the charming, tourist attractions that the city offers. Here are some suggestions:
Fortaleza is famous for its beautiful beaches. The most popular is Praia do Futuro with its excellent infrastructure, music live shows and plentiful beach stands offering everything from tasty meals to massage sessions.
There are multiple great beaches, each with its own style. The most popular are Canoa Quebrada, Jericoacoara, Cumbuco, Morro Branco, Lagoinha and Cumbuco.
There is a Ceara cultural fair where you can find everything from handicrafts to sleeping nets, beautiful embroidery work, paintings, ceramics and unique souvenirs. It is open every day from 5 pm at the Beira-Mar Avenue in front of the Nautical Club.
Located 22km from Fortaleza, in Porto Dunas, Beach Park is a large complex with entertainment, leisure and tourist areas: an Aqua Park, considered the largest aquatic park in Latin America, two resorts and Park Praia beach with many restaurants, bars and leisure and sports activities. People love Ceara tapioca from Tapioqueiras Point, enjoy the adventure.
Thursday is crab day: of course you can eat crab on any day in Fortaleza, but on Thursday it is at all beach stands.
Pirate Bar is a traditional show place at Iracema Beach and Monday is the official Forró day since 1986. For this reason, Fortaleza is known as the Capital of Joy and for having the craziest Monday in the world. Pirata Bar includes eclecticism and irreverence, Brazilian festivities and a celebration of Ceara’s cultural identity.
The bar’s fame spread from Brazil to all over the world, and was featured in the New York Times. People say that to come to Ceara and not go to the Pirate Bar is like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum. The party only ends when the last “survivor” leaves the saloon.
Mucuripe Fish Market: This is where you can buy fresh fish and seafood all day long. You can purchase the fresh catch and take it to the nearest stand to be prepared for only two dollars. You can choose fresh fish or shrimp and have them prepared while enjoying a nice cold beer.
At the centre, visit the José Alencar Theatre, a Fortaleza cultural highlight with a library and a magnificent art gallery.
The Sea Dragon Cultural Centre is a leisure place dedicated to art and culture. It has one cinema, the Contemporaneous Art Museum, the Ceara Cultural Memorial, an amphitheatre, auditorium, planetarium, an open air show place, etc. There are many great bars and restaurants and even traditional houses fully restored honoring the rich heritage.
Fortaleza has something for everyone!