First Time Tourists Guide in Fortaleza

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Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará well known for its urban beaches such as Praia de Iracema and Morro Branco beach.

Those great beaches allow visitors enjoy panoramic ocean view while swimming or sun bathing.

Rich culture and history of Fortaleza can be found thorugh its museums, galleries, and landmarks.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza and Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture are two of popular cultural sites with great architecture.

Let's explore this amazing city!

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SIGHTSEEING

Visit Ponte dos Inglese as a classical landmark in Fortaleza and a favorite spot to see the sunset. Located in Praia de Iracema beach, this English bridge was first constructed in 1921. At the past, it was built as a part of English project in improving port network in the city. Strolling around the beach and see the panoramic view of south Atlantic ocean will make your trip unforgettable.

DOWNTOWN

Once you already had your day full of sunshine and ocean view, try to visit Fortaleza's own historical museum, the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture. In this museum, you can discover the rich history of Ceara and its people through the exhibitions. This museum also completed with a theater, a library, and a cinema. There is also a planetarium that built with German technology and is one of the most modern in the world.

Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture

Dragão do Mar is for sure one of the most interesting places in Fortaleza.

It's also interesting place to visit something cultural in the Fortaleza area.

There is fantastic collection of modern art from local artists as well as an outdoor path.

A must-see if staying in Fortaleza.

Address : R. Dragão do Mar, 81 - Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza - CE, 60060-390, Brazil

SHOPPING

For your satisfy shopping experience, Iguatemi Fortaleza should be put on your itinerary. This is one of the largest and most modern mall in the city. Its strategic location in the downtown of Fortaleza makes this mall becomes everyone's favorite. Even more, in this mall you will find everthing you want starting from branded clothes, souvenirs and gift shops as well as restaurants and an entertainment area like movie theater.

Iguatemi Fortaleza

An amazingly luxurious mall with some good restaurants.

Beautifully designed with lots of stores.

There is variety of shops and food places with high quality.

There is sufficient parking spaces.

Address : Av. Washington Soares, 85 - Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza - CE, 60810-060, Brazil

FOOD & DRINK

Fortaleza has plenty delicious food to try.Brazilian cuisine offers differ taste since holding influences from Portugal and Africa. Trying Tapioca for yor breakfast is a good option. This is a Brazilian-style crepes made from tapioca starch with cheese or grated coconut topping. Also try Vatapa, a dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk and peanut to complete your culinary experience.

CULTURE

Fortaleza has a mix cultures of Portugese, African, Jewish, Dutch and other European roots. Those combination has enrich the history, cultural , and archaeological heritage of the city. It makes Fortaleza has numerous great museums, theaters, and cultural spaces that recognized by the world scene.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Fortaleza city is at the driest months. This period is ranging from August to December. Enjoy the clear blue skies and sunny days on the beach at that period of times.

HOTEL

Hotel Vila Galé Fortaleza is a great place to stay since it offers you direct ocean view. This beachfront hotel has old structure and indeed unique decoration with some palm trees lined at the lobby. As a four star hotel, this place has good facilities with a swimming pool and a beach bar offered. When you want to stay at modern style hotel, go to Seara Praia Hotel. It also has breathtaking ocean view to be enjoyed from your room. This five star hotel also allows you to enjoy the view from their swimming pool that placed at its rooftop.

Hotel Vila Galé Fortaleza

This is a fantastic hotel.

The employees are very courteous.

The breakfast has many types of foods, drinks, fruits, and some regional foods.

There a Japanese and pizza restaurants.

Address : Av. Dioguinho, 4189 - Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza - CE, 60183-707, Brazil

Seara Praia Hotel

Nice hotel to stay in Fortaleza.

The best feature about the hotel is the rooftop pool.

Superb view from the rooftop swimming pool.

The breakfast buffet has a great selection of fruits, omlete and tapioca is freshly made on your request.

The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable and the staff are very welcoming.

Address : Av. Beira Mar, 3080 - Meireles, Fortaleza - CE, 60165-121, Brazil

RESTAURANT

Fortaleza has truly beautiful coastal area, therefore it is easy for you to find best seafood restaurants here. Go to Coco Bambu Beira Mar to have fresh and excellent taste of seafood menus. All plates are serving with amazing taste and will make your mouth watering. More interestingly, the place has cozy atmosphere with nice scenery. Another option is Restaurante Jardim Do Alchymist, a charming eatery you will find in Fortaleza. It has outdoor garden area that decorated with Brazil's natural tropical elements. Grab some Brazilian food, Italian flavors, or local cuisine of Ceara.

Coco Bambu Beira Mar

Pretty nice restaurant along the beach.

Great food generous portions and reasonably priced.

There are many kind of seafood.

They also have they have a really nice crunchy pizza and the petit gatou is really scrumbches.

The service is quick and efficient in a excellent setting.

Address : Av. Beira Mar, 3698 - Mucuripe, Fortaleza - CE, 60165-121, Brazil

Restaurante Jardim Do Alchymist

One of the most romantic places in town.

Food with flavor that matches the visual richness of the environment.

The highlight is the location, very beautiful and pleasant.

Wonderful treatment with customers.

Address : R. Barão de Aracati, 801 - Meireles, Fortaleza - CE, 60115-080, Brazil

CAFE

Le Pain Le Café is a truly happiness for coffee lovers. They have various selection of coffee and espresso-based drink for you. You can also have pancakes, sandwiches, and some snacks for your breakfast menu. If you are craving for an ice cream, go to Benevolent Coffee and Gelato. This cafe has cozy atmosphere which is great to get relaxed after strolling the city. The cafe serves you various menus starting from pastries to omellete. A huge selection of beverages like cappucinos, chocolates, coffees, and gelato are available here.

Le Pain Le Café

One of the best places for breakfast in Fortaleza.

They offer excellent option for breakfast with a great service.

The atmosphere is stupidly beautiful, especially the first floor.

Place to go when you want to eat something tasty for a proportional price.

Address : Rua Professor Dias da Rocha, 670 - Meireles, Fortaleza - CE, 60170-310, Brazil

Benevolent Coffee and Gelato

Excellent cafeteria.

Truly outstanding, world class quality ice cream.

The owner is also extraordinarily welcoming as visibly takes pride in his products.

Great atmosphere for meeting the family, business meeting and more!

Address : R. Ana Bilhar, 1083 - Meireles, Fortaleza - CE, 60160-110, Brazil

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

When you are in Fortaleza, do not skip to experience beach bars that the city has for you. Crocobeach is one of the unique beach bar which situated in a large area under awnings made of dried palm leaves. You will get really fun nightlife here since you can watch live comedy show or musical arts while enjoy classical Brazilian cocktails. When you are expecting inexpensive beers, head to Barraca G2. Located in an ideal location, this bar is suitable place to stop for quick refreshment. This is a casual beach bar where you do not need to dress up too much.

Crocobeach

Fantastic place to spend a day.

There is a lot of seafood here and swimming pools for all ages.

The also have great food and plenty os things to spend the whole day

Child friendly, polite and friendly staff, safe environment.

Address : Av. Clóvis Arrais Maia, 3125 - Praia Do Futuro, Fortaleza - CE, 60182-324, Brazil

Barraca G2

Beautiful place, with a special view.

Good service, varied food and drink options.

The best thing is the music of a very talented guitarist

Highly recommended.

Address : Av. Beira Mar, 3561 - Meireles, Fortaleza - CE, 60165-121, Brazil

INTERESTING PLACE

Travel to Morro Branco to discover the one and only stunning coast of Ceara. This place is the world's popular since it has perfect combination of red and white sand dune cliffs, seashore, and ponds. You will get a great tropical scenery that amaze you. Explore the labyrinth Morro Branco and head to the lighthouse to get panoramic sea view. Another great place to visit is Future Beach waterfront. This popular beach has more natural feel that allow you to do dun bathing, swimming, or even doing watersports. There are also restaurants and bars all along the clean sandy beach.

Future Beach waterfront

Truly heavenly place, along with street vendors offering affordable products.

The beach is clean and the views are amazing.

Great place to spend your day with your family.

There is great restaurant there.

Address : Av. Clóvis Arrais Maia, 3179-3293 - Antonio Diogo, Fortaleza - CE, 60183-694, Brazil

Morro Branco

One and only stunning coast of Ceara.

It is the world's popular since it has perfect combination of red and white sand dune cliffs, seashore, and ponds.

It surrounded by a great tropical scenery that amaze you.

There are also a lighthouse to climb and get a panoramic sea view.

Do not forget to explore the labyrinth Morro Branco.

Address : Av. C, Beberibe - CE, 62840-000, Brasil

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Beside having outdoor activities, you can do photography for your instagram worthy. Discover the unique ornate design of Jose de Theater. You will be amazed by the electric architecture of the theater in Art Nouveau style. Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza is also great spot for taking pictures. This temple is one of the most famous historical monuments in the capital of Ceara. With gothic architecture, it has amazing tower full of colourful stained glasses that attracts everyone who passing by.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza

The Metropolitana Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous and worth the visit.

A lovely, airy, concrete cathedral with amazing stained glass that captures Fortaleza’s sunlight perfectly.

It’s definitely a perfect symbol for the city.

A must-see when visiting Fortaleza.

Address : Praça da Sé, s/n - Centro, Fortaleza - CE, 60055-150, Brazil

Jose de Theater

What an incredible place to visit in the centre of Fortaleza.

Perfect to visit and watch some Classic music

It is gorgeous, sophisticated and completely.

worth a visit.

Address : R. Liberato Barroso, 525 - Centro, Fortaleza - CE, 60030-160, Brazil