Fortaleza is a perpetually sunny, seaside city with a vibrant atmosphere, lovely restored colonial buildings and several urban beaches.
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.
The coastline around Fortaleza will turn your fantasy into reality! Lagoinha Beach, formerly a hide-out for French pirates and now an idyllic fishing colony.