The clear water beaches and great
winds in the Fortaleza metropolitan
area are great for water sports such
as windsurf, surf and sailing.
The largest beach in the capital is
the most sought after for diving
and swimming. It is also stage to
many shows and has huts that
offer a delicious variety of
Perfect for watching dolphins,
besides offering the most
beautiful sunset in Fortaleza,
it provides a privileged
view of the seaside.
One of the most modern in Latin
America, it has two pavilions
that can each be divided into
44 spaces that can handle
events of various formats,
themes and sizes
The city of Fortaleza has a spa located at Praia das Fontes, with swimming pools, courts for sporting activities, saunas, a convention center and restaurant. It also offers internet facilities, a beauty parlor, convenience store, massages and a fitness center.
The market contains almost 600 stalls distributed over 5 floors. The outside area has an additional 30 kiosks selling typical northeastern objects. Regional handicrafts are a big draw.
Feirinha da Beira Mar (Seaside Market)
This fair is highly sought after because of its location on the Fortaleza’s main waterfront, close to several hotels. It offers a little of everything in regional handicraft.
The former Public Jailhouse is an early nineteenth century building that has been converted into the city’s Tourism Center. In addition to providing visitors with local information, the center also sells regional handicrafts and local products.
Leaving Fortaleza and going toward the east coast (Aquiraz, Beberibe, Aracati, among other cities), along the side of highway CE-040, you can find the Centro das Tapioqueiras, with over 70 establishments that offer all types of variations of this typical delicacy. Musical presentations liven the trip.
José de Alencar Theater
The theater is an artistic reference center in the State’s culture and is one of the main examples of eclectic architecture in Brazil (it includes a room in Art Nouveau style). The institution has six stages - two indoor and four in the Burle Marx gardens.
Ceará fish stew, cooked with local fish and prepared in a sauce of fresh vegetables, is the most traditional dish in Fortaleza. For dessert, choose typical regional fruits such as cashew, plum, sapodilla, eaten either whole or used in ice cream.
Part of the Ypióca Park tourist complex, is located in a mansion built between 1851 and 1854. It recalls the history of one of the leading manufacturers of cachaça in Brazil. Visitors can experiment Brazil’s most popular drink , directly from the distillery.
Nossa Senhora da Assunção Fortress
This beautiful fortress on Marajaitiba Mount served as fort during the Dutch invasion of Brazil. Even after the expulsion of the Europeans the fortress kept its role of protecting the city. It is currently the home to the 10th Army Military Region HQ.
The São José Parish, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral , was built to replace the Sé Church. The cathedral has attractive stained glass windows and imposing dimensions - it has capacity to accommodate around five thousand people.
José de Alencar House
The house where the writer José de Alencar was born is located in the Alagadiço Novo ranch, nearby Messejana. The lands that belonged to Senator Alencar – the author’s father – now belong to the Federal University of Ceará. Additionally to the house, there you can also see the ruins of an old mill.
In the first years of the 19th century the area that is now occupied by the Passeio Público and the Santa Casa da Misericórdia used to be called Campo da Pólvora or Largo da Misericórdia.
Assembleia Provincial – Ceará Museum
Besides housing the Province Assembly, the building was used to other purposes in different moments of Ceará’s history: it housed the Law College, the Public Library, the Electoral Regional Court, the Ceará Institute and the Ceará Academy of Letters.
Carvalho Mota Solar – Secas Museum
The property that served as residence to the State Vice-President, Colonel Antônio Frederico de Carvalho Mota, was built in 1907. Currently it houses the Secas Museum that tells the history of the droughts in the Northeast region, through pictures, mill plants and equipment.
Dragão do Mar (Dragão do Mar Art and Culture Center – CDMAC)
At the architectural icon and main cultural center in Ceará, you can watch movies, go to theaters, planetariums, museums, cafés, auditoriums, amphitheaters and an event square named Praça Verde, or Green Square. Around the center are several bars, restaurants and dance clubs housed in the old mansions.
Located in the city of Aquiraz (20 km from Fortaleza), the venue includes resorts, recreation areas and the biggest water park of Latin America. All this surrounded by the natural beauty of the coastline of the Northeast. The infrastructure makes the place ideal for those who want to relax or have fun.
Besides the enchanting beaches with their many options for relaxation and sports, nature also beckons for your attention with ecological reserves such as the Cocó Park, which is ideal for trail hiking. Take a kayak down the Park’s namesake river to where it meets the ocean and have a view of beautiful white sand beaches.
Sapiranga Ecological Reserve
Within its 60 hectares this private nature reserve houses much of the Coaçu River, which flows into the Cocó River. Here it is possible to see aratus (a crustacean similar to crab) amid the mangroves, as well as migratory birds such as the sandpiper.
In one of the main tourist points in Fortaleza, near Volta da Jurema, are volleyball courts that are available to anyone at no charge.
The golf course, located in Aquiraz, has 9 36-par holes (an additional 9 are planned) covering an area od 35 hectares (a Links curse). It was designed by Donald Steel, the architect responsible for ventures like the Campo Real Golfe & Natureza and Vila Sol.
The best fishing options in Fortaleza are those that involve diving and must be done under the supervision of a specialized professional in an area designated for this practice.
The beach was named in honor of one of the main characters in local literature, coming from a novel by José de Alencar. The area deserves a visit to see a beautiful renovated house and its bars and famous restaurants, shops and the Dragão do Mar Cultural Center.
Accustomed to hosting many types of international events, Fortaleza has a complete infrastructure for the one who comes to the city to organize or attend lectures, seminars, congresses or workshops. The city has an ample offer of event locations and the second largest hotel sector in the northeast.
Fábrica de Negócios Convention Center
The Fábrica de Negócios Convention Center covers more than 3,200 m² over three floors, with a capacity for around 3,500 people. It has hosted a number of conferences and business meetings, including the INOVAGRI International Meeting 2012.
Events Center of Ceará
The Events Center of Ceará has a capacity of approximately 30,000 people and consists of two pavilions and a park covering 206,000 m². It hosted Miss Brazil 2012, the International Fashion Trade Fair (Fenim) and a wide variety of conferences.
La Maison Coliseu
La Maison Coliseu is a 3,700 m² space geared towards events, located in the center of Fortaleza. Its rooms can hold up to 5,000 people.
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