Considering its isolation on the Brazilian map, Fortaleza is a surprisingly large and sprawling city. In fact, it rivals Recife as the Northeast's most important fishing port and commercial center above Salvador. Its attractions are packed along the beaches and the rest of the city is endlessly residential.
The beaches are not as attractive as you might hope, yet with its wild party atmosphere Fortaleza deserves at least a short visit. For many travelers, Fortaleza serves as a jumping-off point for some truly spectacular beaches, sand dunes and idyllic towns up and down the coast.