The capital city of the state...
The capital city of the state of Ceará, Fortaleza is known for its beautiful beaches, the year-round sunshine, soft breeze and rich handicraft. It is home for the best lacemakers of Brazil. enhance the coastline of Fortaleza and surroundings from where you can watch the constant arrival and departure of the colorful sails of the ‘jangadas’ , fishing rafts typical from this region of the country. at Cumbuco beach; or sliding down a water ‘tobogã’ at are just two of the many attractions of Fortaleza, not including a visit to nearby scenic and the Pe. Cícero statue, among other interesting sites in the state.
Great fun and a real experience
The sand dunes at Icarai ( Near Cumbuco ) are excellent. There are several places to rent a beach buggy and enjoy the ride over some real dessert terrain. We did it in rental cars with the tyres flat, something I would not recommend as it cost a small fortune in tyre repairs !!
If driving to this area people will run out in front of you to offer such trips. They are safe and will offer you help or even to be a tour guide. Feel free to say no, or if you want them to let you pass then simply flash your lights twice and they will leave you alone
It is pretty cool in Mucuripe... It is a little more expensive than the other places to go in, but it is nice there. I already liked the old Mucuripe, but now, they changed location and buit a brand new one. I haven't been in that one yet, but I will let you know, in December, when I visit, what I think. My sources say it is even better. There are 6 areas now, different than the ones before. Alfandega (it is dedicated to a former night club, they have live music with the best of pop rock, axe music and etc), Arena (holds 1,500 people it plays rock n'roll, pop rock classics and etc), Estacao (holds about 300 people and mostly plays blues, MTV, pop and Jazz), Usina (holds about 800 people and it is the space for techno and dance music), Tunel (the best of flashback '60, '70, '80, '90) and finally the restaurant, Vintage. There isn't really a dress code, but usually, people dress up a little bit to go there... What a mean by dressing up is that you don't see a lot of people wearing jeans.
Best seafood restaurant in Fortaleza
This is the best seafood restaurant in Fortaleza. My in-laws have been taking me there for years. Recently it was confirmed, voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Fortaleza by Veja Magazine. Veja is a national weekly much like Time in the U.S. Anyway the food there is really good. It is run out of the guy?s house he has the seating up front and the kitchen in the back and he lives upstairs with his family. The food is great buy the service sucks, you will have to wait awhile for your food. Of course it is hot and there is no air conditioning, he did spring for a few fans a few about a year ago. We always get one fish with the cheese sauce and one fish with coco-nut sauce and split it between 6 people. One dish is big enough to feed 2 people easily with rice and potatoes.
Had planned to go to Brasil again this spring, but plans changed. During your visit try to get a few (full day) outings in to some of the beautiful beach areas (resorts) which can be arranged easily from the hotel you may be staying and are not expensive.
Places like Canoa Quebrada, Beach park, Morro Branco, Cumbucu or Lagoinha to mention just a few are well worth the visit, as the beach right in Fortaleza along Beira Mar Ave. is not the best. The closest - Futuro beach - is only about 8 km away and can be reached by the inexpensive "Top Bus".
You will have a good time and I am sure you will enjoy. If you like to taste some great (and cheap) Arabian food, go to "HABIB's", which is just 1 block north of Beira Mar Ave. (the main strip along the beach). Or the restaurant near the "Englishman Bridge" is nice too. Dont leave home without your sunlotion, you WILL need it.
Have fun, Norbert
ps: Beira Mar Avenue, the picture postcard of Fortaleza, is the most visited tourist spot in the city. Its unmistakable beauty, proportioned by the seafront and the magnificent recreational setting, offers moments of pure pleasure strolling along the esplanade, trying out the restaurants with their gastronomic delights or shopping for handcrafts. It is a great center for cultural, artistic and sporting events.