Fortaleza is a tropical destination in Brazil's Northeast that few have heard of.

By: Daryl Bates

Tourism in Fortaleza has grown considerably within the early '80s. Fortaleza these last 30 years has grown considerably, turning into the fifth most populous capital metropolis in Brazil. This population growth has also elevated the growth of tourism in the metropolis and its metropolitan area, where one can take pleasure in many beautiful soft white sandy beaches. Some of them have good infrastructure for tourism including loads of resorts and restaurants, such as Cumbuco Beach, on the west coast, and Prainha Beach, on the east coast.

Those visiting the city at present can depend on a wonderful hotel network, with many accommodations now rated at three, four and five stars, but additionally a number of hostels and bed and breakfasts with a high standard level of service with prices that are affordable. As the city is one of the venues of the Soccer World Cup of 2014, there is the expectation of many other accommodations being built in Fortaleza and the area in the coming years. Further improving the city’s ability to accommodate tourists. Some of these accommodations are already operating as Resorts, with golf courses, gyms and many with built out recreational areas.

Once in Fortaleza, you should go to Cumbuco Beach. There you will discover lovely dunes where you can go on buggy rides, or even walk through the sands of the beach. Go on a raft ride and eat fresh fish at a few of the local restaurants. Talk with the fishermen and discover about their adventures out at sea. Anyway, it's a wonderful landscape, and really completely different from the rest of Brazil. This beachis positioned only 25 kilometers from the accommodations in Avenida Beira-Mar neighborhood.

By the way, speaking of Beira-Mar Avenue, that is the place the nightlife of Fortaleza takes place, along Futuro and Iracema beaches. Before you make your hotel reservations, guantee that it is in this region. There's a late afternoon fair, which is the very best places for those who want to purchase crafts and enjoy good local delicacies from Ceará. Futuro beach is further away however much more comfortable and stuffed with tents and kiosks with impeccable service. Iracema beach brings you to an encounter with the Bohemian spirit. It also has good restaurants and the famous Ingleses bridge. Near the location, the first Aquarium of Fortaleza is being built. This promises to be a major tourist attraction within the city next year.

Need to go shopping? Along with the Beira-Mar Avenue, I advise the Central Market, next to the Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza, right in the metropolis center. Close by, there is also the Emcetur, an old prison that was transformed into a sales center of arts and crafts. In the same region, you can even be taught a bit about the history and the founding of Fortaleza - The 10th Military Region. It was at this fort that the city began. Ask your tour guide about the real epic battles that happened here. You'll not be able to miss visiting the Dragao do Mar center, a place where many displays on the local culture are held, together with the meeting point for many local artists, and the stage for a lot of live shows and the well-known art exhibition Artists of Ceará. Everything in this area is relatively close to one another. One day is probably sufficient time to see most of what the area has to offer.

Fortaleza actually is a city of welcoming people, who are pleasant and full of life. That is how it grew to become a national tourism center, which nowadays is international. Considering that the city receives many flights from different international locations besides Brazil. You may hear several languages besides Portuguese spoken on the streets, notably Italian, French, Spanish, and English.

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