10 Must See Things in Fortaleza Brazil

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Joel Fulleda

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Capital of the state of Cearà, Fortaleza is a city in northeastern Brazil famous for its palm-fringed beaches, lagoons and dunes to explore on day trips.
Not only in its historic center there are beautiful palaces, museums and theaters where dance performances are held.
But here are 10 things not to be missed if you come to this town.


  1. Center of Art and Culture Dragao do Mar
  2. Cachaca Museum
  3. Cumbuco
  4. Morro Branco
  5. Caponga
  6. Rio Cocò Ecological Park
  7. Japanese gardens
  8. Future beach
  9. Historic Centre
  10. Aguas Belas
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Center of Art and Culture Dragao do Mar

Housed in a large building designed by Delberg Ponde de Leon and Fausto Nilo, the Dragao do Mar is a multifunctional center created to promote art and culture.
Extending over an area of ​​30 thousand square meters, inside there are also a theater, two cinemas, a library, a planetarium and several museums.

  • on foot if you are nearby, or by bus line 77 stops at Rua Alm Jaceguai, sn, 1 minute from the center. Buses 012, 017, 073 also stop near the cultural center - Get directions
  • Mon-Fri 08:00 - 22:00; Sat and Sun 08:00 - 23:00; for shows, workshops and special events consult the official website
  • some exhibitions and events are "free", for others there is a ticket that never has a fixed cost and you have to consult the official website

2 - Museum of the Cachaca

Among the typical products of Brazil, lin Cachaca it is certainly considered one of the most important spirits (base of the caipirinha), enough to dedicate a museum to it. Within the exhibition itinerary it is possible to follow a path on the history of this spirits and live immersed in the smells and sounds of sugar cane, the plant from which cachaca is obtained.

  • 50 minutes from the center of Fortaleza, reachable by car following the signs for Maranguape, or take a taxi at a cost of 40 BRL, about € 10,00 - Get directions
  • it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00
  • BRL 59, approximately € 13,00 including unlimited drinks

3 - Cumbuco

If you want to enjoy beaches, nature and the sea Cumbuco is one of the most evocative and equipped places in the area. It is located 25 km from Fortaleza and this place is famous for its sand dunes that can also be traveled by dune buggy. Moreover the beach is ideal for surfers especially between January and March, the ideal period.

  • by car in 40 minutes following Avenida Central; by taxi at a cost of about BRL 70, € 16,00; by bus with line 363 from Rua Pde Mororo in about 1 hour (cost 8 BRL, € 2,00) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Fortaleza & Cumbuco Beach Full Day Tour From Fortaleza: Cumbuco Beach Full Day Tour

4 - Morro Branco

Another place to absolutely see if you come to Fortaleza is the sand labyrinth of Morro Branco, in the Beberibe area, a real spectacle of nature, also nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Brazil. Here wind and water have shaped the ground, creating a real one multicolored sand labyrinth with caves, mountains and crevasses. If you want to discover this fantastic place you can participate in day trips organized by the various tourist companies to discover this place at a cost of about € 30,00.

  • it is located 88 km from Fortaleza and takes about 2 hours to arrive. Reachable by car heading south east; by bus San Benedicto for 9,50 BRL, € 2,18 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Fortaleza: 1-Day Tour to Morro Branco; From Fortaleza: Canoa Quebrada, Morro Branco and Fontes Beach; From Fortaleza: full-day tour to Morro Branco

5 - Caponga

This small and quiet fishing village is located about 50 km from Fortaleza and is characterized by quiet and uncrowded beaches.
Here you can spend a relaxing day between sun, sea and eating excellent fresh fish served in one of the many pousadas on the beach.

  • it is located south-east of Fortaleza, reachable in about 1 hour by car following the state road 116; by bus with lines 059, takes 1 hour and 30 at a cost of 9,50 BRL, € 2,18 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Rio Cocò Ecological Park

This park in the center of Fortaleza is a protected area that extends for 485 square kilometers where there are also rivers, lakes and oases. Here you can spot several rare animals and plants or take a boat trip and relax a bit.

  • is located 10 km from the center of Fortaleza and can be reached in 15 minutes by car following the BR116 state road or in 30 minutes by bus 660 starting from Avenida Rio Branco and stops at Avenida Paulino Rocha - Get directions
  • open from Tuesday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00; Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 13:00, closed on Mondays.
  • free, but if you want to take a boat ride on the lake the cost is 10 BRL per person, € 2,30

7 - Japanese gardens

In the heart of Fortaleza there are these particular but beautiful Japanese gardens; although they are not very large, they are neat and clean and also feature a small wooden bridge temple, several waterfalls, and of course manicured plants. We suggest a visit at sunset time, when the light gives the park warm colors and a pleasant atmosphere.

  • it is located on the seafront of Beira Mar and can be reached on foot if you are in the area or by buses 177, 73 and 77 - Get directions
  • open every day from 06: 00 to 22: 00
  • free

8 - Praia do Futuro

This very long beach is certainly the best in Fortaleza, in fact at the weekend it is stormed by the Brazilians. Here are the barracas, or kiosks serving fresh fish dishes accompanied by beer and cachaca and you can go surfing, to relax and swim.

  • it is located northeast of the city 10 km from the center; reachable by car in just over 15 minutes or by bus 810 and 906 in about 40 minutes from the center - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Historic center

To visit absolutely if you come to Fortaleza is the historic center where you can admire the Fortezza de Nossa Senhora da Assunca, a building built as a military garrison which now houses the headquarters of a division of the Brazilian federal army. Also not to be missed the Mercado Central which sells all kinds of food and handicrafts and the Metropolitan Cathedral inaugurated in 1978, a splendid example of Gothic art.

  • the main attractions are all located in the historic center and you can easily move around on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free; accompanied tours cost approximately € 20,00
  • Fortaleza city tour.

10 - Aguas Belas

A large paradisiacal beach about 50 minutes from Fortaleza where to spend an extraordinary day is that of Aguas Belas. According to the natives on this beach the sun kisses the moon and the river embraces the sea and here the beach is cut in two by the river creating a beautiful landscape.You can relax or discover the oasis of dunes, ecological trails and the warm sea of ​​this area.

  • it is located 65 km south of Fortaleza and can be reached in 1 hour and 15 by car following the CE040; by bus 059 in 1 hour and 30 and then on foot for a few minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Day trip to Águas Belas beach from Fortaleza

Plan your stay in Fortaleza: interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours

Fortaleza is the ideal stop for those who decide to take a trip to the north-eastern area of ​​Brazil; the town is very touristy and the areas where the large hotels are located is also rather quiet, however in the evening it is not recommended to go into more peripheral districts alone. During the day it is possible to move on foot or by public transport, while at night it is always better to stay in busy areas and take taxis back to the hotel. Fortaleza also has different types of accommodation, from large international hotels to simpler pousadas on the sea depending on the budget you want to spend.

  • starting from € 500,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from 50,00 per room -
  • Fortaleza: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer One-Way Transfer from Fortaleza Airport to Cumbuco Full Day Tour of Fortaleza & Cumbuco Beach

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