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What to see
The beach is the main attraction in Fortaleza but there are also some incredible historical buildings to take in.
Praia do Futuro:
As Fortaleza’s best beach, this clean length of sand goes on for 5km south along the Av Dioguinho to the Clube Caca e Pesca. Kiosks along the beach front serve crab and beer.
Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura:
This fantastic cultural centre includes cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, a planetarium and a great café in a large complex with lifted walkways joining blocks on different streets.
Parque Ecológico do Côco:
Fortaleza’s most popular recreational park was set up in 1991 after mounting pressure from local ecologists to protect the mangrove swamps from the industrial zone and highways. Events are regularly arranged to increase environmental awareness amongst visitors.
Teatro José de Alencar:
This remarkable paste-coloured hybrid building of Art Nouveau and classical architecture was constructed in 1910 and is currently used for cultural events. Visit on a Friday or Saturday night.
Museu do Ceará:
The museum boasts some fantastic exhibits which explain the state’s anthropology and history. Don’t miss out on the display which illustrates the four fishermen who sailed from Praia de Iracama to Rio in 1941 to enlighten the Federal Government on their ‘misery and suffering’.
Where To Be
Engarrafamento means traffic jam and you can expect just that at this lively and popular samba venue. It looks like a restaurant from the outside but is more like a disco where all of the cool kids knock back buckets of Skol.
This bohemian live venue offers jazz music on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; tango on a Thursday and bossa jazz on a Saturday in a sophisticated cafe atmosphere. It is popular with the 30 something crowd and artists, musicians and intellectuals frequent the place.
This club has five different dance floors which feature everything from jazz to techno. If you end up losing a friend you might only see him or her tomorrow in this large venue.
Below we have a list of things to do in Fortaleza and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Fortaleza getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Fortaleza with confidence.