Destination: Fortaleza

March 15, 2007 | By More

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Along with Natal, Fortaleza is one of the main tourist destinations in Brazil, both for the national and the foreign market. The city has underwent an uncontrolled urban explosion in the last couple of decades, with skyscrappers now competing for the ever scarcier space between the city and the sea. In spite of this, it’s a city worth visiting, if only for a short period of time.

WE LIKE THE MOST: the sea, the food

WE LIKE THE LEAST: child prostitution aimed at foreign tourists; the sense of lack of security in all the beaches

HOW TO GET THERE: Fortaleza is well connected by plane to the main Brazilian airports. By road, you can arrive from Natal in the south, or from the west. Fortaleza is the starting point of trips going to Jericoacoara.

CAREFUL WITH: the port area near the Ponte dos Ingleses, quite dangerous; the day trips to Morro Branco, find out how long you will stay at Morro Branco to avoid ending up stranded at an expensive hotel elsewhere for hours on end.

FAVOURITE PLACES: the Central Market, the Cultural Centre Dragão do Mar, the ice-cream parlours at the Meireles beach.


  • at the Central Market you will find a wider variety of crafts and at a better price than at the Craft Fair at the Meireles beach
  • when we were there, the José de Alencar theater only opened for visitation once a week.
  • the Beach Park, on the outskirts of Fortaleza, is the biggest waterpark in Brazil. Good fun if you are into that kind of thing

ACCOMMODATION: full listing of Hotels and Pousadas in Fortaleza

LINKS: Portal de Turismo del Estado do Ceará, Fortaleza

WEATHER FORECAST: The weather in Fortaleza for the next 10 days

GOOGLE MAPS: Fortaleza

PHOTOS: Fortaleza

ACCOMMODATION SEARCH IN FORTALEZA: search for Fortaleza hotels on our search engine (results open on a new window)

[Don’t forget to check out the list of other destinations already covered in this blog, here]

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  1. Scott McReynolds says:

    I went to Cumbuco, 45 minutes north of Fortaleza, and a much different view than what is shown here. Pristine, remote beaches for hours.

    I’m also anxious to visit Canoa Quebrada.

  2. Tony says:

    If you have any questions about Fortaleza you can ask at our Facebook page and we will give you an answer as soon as we can.