GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Fortaleza is the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. It is known for its beaches, which are punctuated by red cliffs, palm trees, dunes and lagoons. Fortaleza’s long-standing folkloric traditions are presented in dance performances at the art nouveau José de Alencar Theater, open since 1910. Another architectural highlight is the neo-Gothic Catedral Metropolitana.

FABIO'S REVIEW

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I spent 3 months in Fortaleza (2015): nice clean beach, reasonable costs , excellent tourist attractions nearby (e.g. Morro Blanco, Canoa Quebrada). Crime of course is a major issue, as in most Brazilian cities, and you will need to take a cab at night, even if your destination is just a couple of blocks away.
I recommend staying in the Praia de Iracema area, the beach is very clean, and everything is walking distance (restaurants, shopping, bars etc).
TIPS:

- If you need assistance, there is (supposedly) a tourist public service called ""Delegacia de Divisão de Apoio ao Turista"", tel. (085) 3219-1538 or (085) 3533 4150, on Avenida Almirante Barroso. I wrote “supposedly” as the office seemed permanently closed, and none ever answered to these numbers.

- For accommodation, I recommend the residence “Terraços do Atlantico”, great 180-degree sea views, right on the beach, walking distance to everything.

- For transportation, you can get public bicycles from www.bicicletar.com.br (you will need to register with your passport, a cash deposit and a local phone number). They are free for the first hour.

- For Dining, I am not a foodie but often ate at the Gheller restaurant (Av. Monsenor Tabosa 825), they prepare delicious churrascos!

- For shopping, the “Pao de azucar” supermarket is a large western-style shopping center, conveniently located in Beira Mar. This is where I did most of my shopping, but of course it is more expensive than the local supermarkets (such as Frangolandia, still in Beira Mar). If you need to make bulk purchases, I recommend the Costo-like shopping center called “Atacadao”, which is far away in the suburbs – you will need to take a taxi to reach it.

- For clubbing, I am not your best source of information, but dancing ""forro’"" on Saturday nights seems the city's official past time. The main clubs are Mambo, Piratas and Armazem, all located in Beira Mar.

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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CANOA QUEBRADA

Canoa Quebrada (meaning broken canoe in Portuguese), known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza, in the municipality of Aracati. This small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, has great sea views. The main street of Canoa, where most accommodation, restaurants and shops are concentrated, is popularly known as "Broadway".

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CITY CENTER

The City center of Fortaleza have main city square with stores, restaurants, movie theater and benches with colonial architectural building.

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Fortaleza - Condos - Terraco do atlantico - 1898 cover

CONDOS

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KITE-SURFING BEACH COFECO

A windy beach about 1 hour drive from Fortaleza.

CANOA QUEBRADA

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Fortaleza - Canoa Quebrada - 9053 cover

Canoa Quebrada (meaning broken canoe in Portuguese), known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza, in the municipality of Aracati. This small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, has great sea views. The main street of Canoa, where most accommodation, restaurants and shops are concentrated, is popularly known as "Broadway".

CITY CENTER

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Fortaleza - city center - Theatro Jose de Alencar - 4490 cover

The City center of Fortaleza have main city square with stores, restaurants, movie theater and benches with colonial architectural building.

CONDOS

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Fortaleza - Condos - Terraco do atlantico - 1898 cover

KITE-SURFING BEACH COFECO

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Fortaleza - Kite-surfing Beach cofeco - 2680 cover

A windy beach about 1 hour drive from Fortaleza.

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