Fortaleza is one of the most popular beach destinations in Brazil. The country’s fifth-largest city and capital of the state of Ceará has more than 13 miles (20 kilometers) of white-sand coastline. With surfing, Jet skiing, beach clubs and children’s playgrounds, Fortaleza offers plenty of reasons to spend long days by the sea. The beach isn’t Fortaleza’s only attraction; this lively city offers nightlife, museums and theaters.
Beach lovers have much to choose from. Praia do Futuro is a 4.5-mile (7-kilometer) stretch popular with swimmers and surfers. Try sand skiing down the dunes of Iguape Beach. Iracema Beach is a wide strip with the city’s largest concentration of beach bars and restaurants.
Behind the coastline is a city center of high-rise office blocks, apartments and shopping malls. Search for the remaining traces of Fortaleza’s early history. Visit the 17th-century Portuguese Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção after which the city took its name. Stop at the Museu do Ceará to inspect some of the thousands of artifacts that shed light on the area's history and anthropology.
Fortaleza’s nightlife is easy to find, either in the downtown area or along the beaches. Reserve seats for a play or concert at the Theatro José de Alencar. Sip on a designer cocktail at one of the open-air bars at Dragão do Mar cultural center in the Praia de Iracema area. Linger for dancing in one of the nightclubs or head back to the beach at Praia du Futuro to listen to late-night live music.
Fortaleza’s cultural and coastal attractions can be enjoyed year-round. The state of Ceará is a few degrees south of the equator and is almost always hot. To get to Fortaleza, fly into Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins, 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of the downtown area. Fortaleza can also be reached by bus and car from other major Brazilian cities but the distances are long. Rio de Janeiro is 1,615 miles (2,600 kilometers) south of the city.
Beaches, Theaters and Culture
Find out about the history of Iracema Beach, one of the top monuments in Fortaleza. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.
Enjoy some of the city’s best bars and restaurants beside this traditional English pier.
Marvel at the intricate design features of the many chapels and stained-glass windows of this city center cathedral, known for its unusual combination of Gothic and Roman architecture.
Discover the history and uniqueness of the beautiful city of Fortaleza and the incredible beaches along the nearby coast. Learn how the area grew from a Dutch fort to a Portuguese settlement, and then see the natural beauty that surrounds the 5th-largest city in Brazil.
Visit the rustic Morro Branco on the eastern Ceará seacoast, marvel at the shades of colored sand dunes, and explore the labyrinths formed between the dunes and the cliffs. Approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Fortaleza, the district of Beberibe is one of the most beautiful areas along the coast.
This tour takes you down the Sol Nascente Route for a visit to the well-known beach of Canoa Quebrada. Known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, the resort offers the perfect beach paradise, ideal for anyone searching for the most unique, mystic, and exotic landscapes.
Discover the history and uniqueness of the beautiful city of Fortaleza, and visit one of the world's great water parks while you're at it. Learn how the area grew from a Dutch fort to a small Portuguese village, and then became the 5th-largest city in Brazil.
Nature, leisure, fun and adventure are a few things that you will find at the iPark Tourist Complex. It is an invitation to visitors wishing to venture into more than 30 outdoor recreational activities.
See Fortaleza aboard the sailboat: Philosophy, Black Pearl or Dragão do mar is unmissable. It is a two-hour journey to the incredible panorama of the North-East Sea. And there's more! The boat stops for 30 minutes so you can swim in the sea and take a delightful dip! The boats have a tour guide, bar and sound system.