Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará. Belongs to mesoregion Metropolitana de Fortaleza and microregion of Fortaleza. The city has developed on the banks of the creek Pajeú in the northeast of the country, 2 285 km from Brasilia. Its name has reference to the Fort Schoonenborch, built by the Dutch during their occupation of the site in 1649. Blonde wed named the Sun, the verses of the poet Paula Ney, Fortaleza is the fifth most populated city in Brazil [2] and most important industrial center [3] and the commercial Northeast.


In tourism [4] the city has reached the mark of more popular destinations in Brazil in 2004. It is headquarters of the Banco do Nordeste and DNOCS. The Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza has about 3,436,515 inhabitants, is one of the ten largest urban areas of Brazil and is among the three largest in the Northeast. Its airport is the Pinto Martins International Airport.

Is he coming to the city most tourists. The city is the birthplace of writer José de Alencar and Rachel de Queiroz, the humorist Tom Cavalcante and former President Castello Branco. The city is located in the coastal state, an average altitude of 21 meters and is the center of a city area of 313.8 km ² and 2,431,415 inhabitants and the capital of the country’s highest population density with 7,748.3 inhabitants / km ².

The coast of Fortaleza has a length of 34 kilometers with a total of 15 beaches. Has limits as the mouth of rivers Ceará package to the north and south. Other rivers and streams that flow in Ceará coast are: Riacho Pajeú, Riacho Maceió and Rio Coco. Praia da Barra do Ceará is the beach which is the limit of the city of Fortaleza with Caucaia located to the north. That name has to be the mouth of the river Ceará. The site has great importance for the history of the city because it was the first place where the Azores Pero Coelho de Sousa made a foray into the 1603 building Fortim St. James.

The Praia de Iracema is one of the busiest nights with its bars and some historic buildings as the Church of St. Peter, the Estoril and metallic bridge addition of art galleries and the Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura. You place the practice of surfing and fishing. In Praia do Meireles is the avenue “Beira Mar” going to Mucuripe. It is the main concentration of hotels in the city.

The Nautical Club is a landmark of this beach. It happens in front of this club every day, the best known fair of crafts in the city. The Tour of Jurema is the most noble of the coast of Fortaleza. The Mucuripe is famous for its community of fishermen and the composition of Raimundo Fagner that shows the raft and Jangadeiros. Every day, afternoon and early morning, you can see the departure and arrival of the fishermen.

It has a bustling market of fish and seafood. It also has the oldest statue of Iracema and Martim the city, inaugurated in 1965. Soon after Mucuripe is Titãzinho that the beach is famous for the practice of surfing talents revealed as “Tita” and “Fabinho. The Praia do Futuro is one of the most visited by tourists. Has a long length occupied by many “tents” that are restaurants specializing in seafood. A typical event is the Fortress Caranquejada all on Thursdays. The Parque Estadual Marinho da Pedra da Risca do Meio is far from the Port of Mucuripe about 10 nautical miles, or 50 minutes.