Come to Fortaleza and enjoy its beaches, theater, and windsurfing.

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.

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Beaches, Theaters and Culture

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Where to stay in Fortaleza

Meireles
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Meireles

Beaches, Swimming, Monuments

Meireles is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Meireles Beach and Iracema Beach while in the area.

Praia de Iracema
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Praia de Iracema

Monuments, Historical Buildings, Sea

Praia de Iracema is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Iracema Beach and Beira Mar.

Centro
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Centro

Museums, Beaches, Culture

Get to know Centro and its many features like its beaches and museums. You might want to explore sights like Iracema Beach and Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza, and you can jump on the metro at Jose de Alencar Station or Sao Benedito Station to get around the city.

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Top Hotels in Fortaleza

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Holiday Inn Fortaleza
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Historiador Raimundo Girao 800, Fortaleza, CE
$52/night
Aug 31 - Sep 1
4.4/5Excellent! (924 reviews)

With direct access to the beach, this Fortaleza hotel is in the city center, steps from Ponte dos Ingleses, Iracema Beach, and Beira Mar. Meireles Beach is 1.4 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (924 reviews)

"Friendly staff, great location, good restaurant. I think we will come back to Fortaleza again and the Holiday Inn is an easy choice."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Holiday Inn Fortaleza
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Hotel Adaba Mistral
3 out of 5
Rua Deputado Moreira da Rocha, 504, Fortaleza, CE
$34/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4/5Very Good! (140 reviews)

Located in Meireles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ponte dos Ingleses and Beira Mar. Iracema Beach and Meireles Beach are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4/5Very Good! (140 reviews)

"The room was average Breakfast was excellent Location is ok but not the best. Something closer to the beach and to the east is better The pool was dirty and not good for use Expedia app didn't let me choose the number of people staying maybe because of bundle. An extra person is 60 reals per day. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

Hotel Adaba Mistral
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Hotel Luzeiros Fortaleza
3.5 out of 5
Av Beira Mar, 2600, Fortaleza, CE
$71/night
Aug 31 - Sep 1
4.3/5Excellent! (571 reviews)

Located in Meireles, this hotel is steps from Ponte dos Ingleses and Beira Mar. Iracema Beach and Meireles Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

4.3/5Excellent! (571 reviews)

"Good location, great breakfast and nice ocean view"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Hotel Luzeiros Fortaleza

Popular things to do in Fortaleza

Iracema Beach
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Iracema Beach

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.

Ponte dos Ingleses
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Ponte dos Ingleses

Enjoy some of the city’s best bars and restaurants beside this traditional English pier. 

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza

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. 

Top activities in Fortaleza

City Tour, Cumbuco Beach & Sand Dunes
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City Tour, Cumbuco Beach & Sand Dunes

$22

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.

Morro Branco
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Morro Branco

$28

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.

Exotic Canoa Quebrada Beach
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Exotic Canoa Quebrada Beach

$31

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.

Beach Park & Guided City Tour
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Beach Park & Guided City Tour

$22

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.

Cachaca Museum and IPark Complexo Turistico Admission Ticket
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Cachaca Museum and IPark Complexo Turistico Admission Ticket

$9

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.

Fortaleza Sunset on the Boat
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Fortaleza Sunset on the Boat

$29

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.

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