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Fortaleza

Fortaleza Fortaleza Port city (pop., 2002 est.: 2,219,800), northeastern Brazil. It lies at the mouth of the Pajeu River. Originating as a small village adjoining a Portuguese fort, it took the name of Villa do Forte da Assumpcao in 1654. In 1810 it became the capital of Ceara captaincy, and in 1823 it was given city status. It became the capital of a province under the name of Fortaleza Nova de Braganca. It is a textile-manufacturing centre; its port handles exports.

Ceara's capital Fortaleza (population 2.1 million) is a fishing port and commercial center with a small historic section and an active beach nightlife scene. Fortal, Fortaleza's lively 'out of season' Carnaval, happens in the last week of July.

The city center forms a grid above the old historical section and includes the Mercado Central (Central Market), the cathedral, major shopping streets and government buildings. Beaches such as Praia de Iracema and Praia do Meireles stretch east from the center towards the port and the Farol Velha (Old Lighthouse). Praia do Futuro extends 5km southeast from the lighthouse.

Places to Visit

Centro Cultural Dragao do Ma
Museo do Ceara
Praia do Futuro
Praia do Meireles
Praia de Iracema


Sunset Beach Hotel - Rua dos Pargos S/A Cumbuco Fortaleza Brazil
Hotel Luzeiros - A. Beira Mar, 2600 Fortaleza Brazil
Othon Palace Fortaleza - Avenida Beira Mar 3470 Fortaleza 60165-121 Brazil
Holiday Inn - Historiador Raimundo Girao Ave, 800 Praia de Iracema Fortaleza 60165-050 Brazil
Ponta Mar Hotel - Avenida Beira Mar 2200 Meireles Fortaleza 60165-121 Brazil
Marina Praia Hotel - Rua Paula Barros, 44 Fortaleza Brazil
Vila Gale - Av Dioguinho 4189 Fortaleza 60182-001 Brazil
Hotel Passeio
Albergue da Juventude Praia de Iracema Hotel
Albergue da Juventude Copueiro Verde Hotel
Abril em Portugal
Pousada Portal de Iracema
Pousada do Sol

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