Quality Hotel Fortaleza
Av. Beira Mar, 2340
Phone: (55) 85 3466-7100
Fax: (55) 85 3466-7166
Perhaps best known for the handicraft fair that takes place every evening, Praia do Meireles is the beach to head to when you want to have some fun in the sun. Popular among windsurfers, this beach also attracts hordes of joggers early in the morning. Numerous restaurants and bars are located in the vicinity of Praia do Meireles.
Located a short distance away from Meireles beach, Jardim Japonês is a lovely haven of greenery. This small garden with miniature landscapes is ideal for an evening stroll. Jardim Japonês presents a great alternative to many of the city's larger open spaces which are forever bustling with activity.
Named for the main character from a novel by José de Alencar, Praia de Iracema is located in an area popular with tourists. Whether you want to watch the sunset, go for a stroll along the shore or take a dip in the water, Praia de Iracema is a good spot to pick. The beach us surrounded by restaurants and bars.
Constructed by Jose Magalhaes Porto in 1925 as Vila Morena, this structure has undergone a lot of changes on the way to becoming Estoril, an important cultural center in Fortaleza. During World War II, the property passed into the hands of a group of Americans who converted the home into a casino, after which it was operated as a restaurant and bar. Now, Estoril is a popular meeting place that hosts a plethora of exciting events throughout the year. Its location close to attractions like Praia de Iracema beach and Ingleses Bridge have added to its popularity.
Although no longer serving the purpose for which it was built in the early 1900s, Ingleses Bridge is now one of Fortaleza's top attractions. An excellent spot from which to watch the sunset, Ingleses Bridge is also a wonderful place to head to on a full moon night. For those seeking refreshment after a sunset stroll or bike ride, there are many cafes in the area. Popular among locals and tourists alike, Ingleses Bridge, or Metal Bridge, as it is commonly known, is a must-visit on a trip to Praia de Iracema.
Beira Mar Avenue (Avenida Beira Mar) is located near the beach and is one of the best spots get a glimpse of the local culture. A recreational place where you will find joggers, a volleyball court, roller hockey zone, an Asian garden and a pavement to walk, this street is also the home of many restaurants that will take your through an exciting culinary journey. It is also known for its handicrafts and street markets where you will get some of the unique local items. Street performers, food fairs and more, make Beira Mar an entertaining venue.
Housed within the huge Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Planetário Rubens de Azevedo is ideal for an educational yet fun outing with the family. Accommodating 80 people, the planetarium features state-of-the-art technology and equipment that afford a fantastic star-gazing experience. There are various programs offered, which teach visitors about anything from the 'ABC of the Universe' to the 'Origins of Life'. For an enlightening celestial experience, Planetário Rubens de Azevedo is a must-visit.
Built in 1649 by the Dutch, Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Fortress of Our Lady of the Assumption) is a predominant feature in the history of the city. The fortress was taken over by the Portuguese in the year 1654 and since then has been a strategic point for several military operations. Inside the fortress, one can find a museum which comprises a collection of weapons and artifacts belonging to the Brazilian war hero General Antonio de Sampaio. The fortress serves as the headquarters of the 10th Military Region of the Brazilian Army and access to many parts of the fortress is restricted.
Located where Igreja da Sé once stood, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza, which took almost 40 years to complete, was inaugurated by Cardinal Arlindo Lorscheider in 1978. Designed by renowned French architect George Mounier, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza is one of the most beautiful historic monuments in the city, famed for its stained glass windows and fusion of Romanesque and Gothic features. One of the largest churches in the country, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza can accommodate 5000 people.
Steeped in history, the Palácio da Luz is a local landmark in Fortaleza. This building was the former seat of the Government of the State of Ceará. Built in the 18th Century, it has undergone several refurbishment processes over the years. It is now home to the Academia Cearense de Letras, one of the most prestigious literary institutions in the country. The traditional architecture houses an array of paintings and historical artifacts inside.
Praça dos Leões is steeped in local history. This square, in the heart of Fortaleza, is located adjacent to the Palácio da Luz. Originally a plain stretch of sand back when the Government of State occupied the palace, this square now features lush greenery, park benches, statues and a gazebo. The statue of General Tiburcio Antonio Ferreira de Sousa is most photographed by visitors to the park. The bandstand occasionally plays host to local musicians.
The first square to have been built in Fortaleza, Praça dos Mártires is the site of the executions of several revolutionaries, among whom Luiz Inácio de Azevedo and Francisco Ibiapina were extremely prominent. Commonly known as Passeio Publico, this tree-lined square is one of the city's most beautiful public areas, featuring Greek statues and affording a lovely view of the sea. To get a real feel of the city's history, Praça dos Mártires is a must-visit.