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3 Days in Fortaleza: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2010

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Fortaleza is a perpetually sunny, seaside city with a vibrant atmosphere, lovely restored colonial buildings and several urban beaches. One of the largest cities in Brazil’s northeast, its main charm lies in its proximity to some truly spectacular beaches, massive sand dunes and laid-back towns along the coast.

 If your dream holiday involves sun, surf and sand, with a dash of wild nightlife thrown in for good measure, then you’ve come to the right place! With its beaches and bars, jumping festivals (such as its out-of-season Carnaval, Fortal) and forró clubs, Fortaleza will show you a good time…

Day 1: City Circuit

Get your bearings with a wander around the compact city center. The popular coastal promenade along Avenida Beira Mar overlooks metropolitan beaches Praia de Iracema and Meireles: take a dip or relax with a beer at one of the many beach-shack bars. Friends and family back home expecting souvenirs? Make tracks to Feirinha da Beira Mar, a bustling handicrafts market that takes place every evening along the promenade. Fortaleza’s cultural attractions are worth exploring too. The Gothic-Roman-style Metropolitan Cathedral is the third largest in Brazil, while the buzzing Dragão do Mar Cultural Center has a planetarium, art gallery and cinema. It also happens to be smack in the middle of Fortaleza’s main nightlife district…what are you waiting for?

Day 2: Tropical  Beach Fantasy

What’s your tropical beach fantasy? Calm, aquamarine waters and coconut palms? Deep lagoons and buggy-rides down rolling sand dunes? Ocean-fresh seafood and aquatic sports? The coastline around Fortaleza will turn your fantasy into reality! Some 65 miles (104 kilometers) from the city is Lagoinha Beach, formerly a hide-out for French pirates and now an idyllic fishing colony surrounded by towering red sand dunes. Often appearing in films and TV productions, Morro Branco is renowned for its rustic beauty, freshwater ponds and surreal rocky ‘labyrinths’. The tiny village of Cumbuco offers blissfully uncrowded beaches lined with coconut trees and every water sport under the sun.

Day 3: Beach…or Beach Park?

Just when you thought you’d seen ‘em all, you come to one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Ceará state – Canoa Quebrada. A scenic 95 mi (156 km) drive along the poetically named Sol Nascente ('Rising Sun') Highway from Fortaleza, Canoa Quebrada’s pastel-pink sand dunes and reef-protected bay give it an almost mystical feel…broken only by the sound of your beach buggy bouncing through the dunes! In the unlikely event that you’re suffering beach-fatigue, Latin America’s largest aquatic fun-park, the not-so-poetically named Beach Park, beckons. Question is, are you game to take on the world’s highest water slide?

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Morro Branco Day Trip from Fortaleza

Travel to the district of Beberibe on a full day guided tour from Fortaleza and discover the stunning coast of Ceara! Lined with red and white sand dune ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.99

Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza

Take a full day trip from Fortaleza to the district of Paraipaba where the beautiful Lagoinha beach is situated! This area is one of the largest and most ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.99

Fortaleza City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover the history and story behind the city of Fortaleza on a two hour guided tour! Visit beautiful and historic buildings such as the Metropolitan ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.99

Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza

Traveling along the Sol Nascente Highway, a scenic 95 mile (156km) ride from Fortaleza, you'll reach Canoa Quebrada for your full day adventure. Known as one ...  Read more

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

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