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Fortaleza has long been a favorite holiday destination for Brazilian tourists, and travelers from all over the world are beginning to follow their lead. This exhilarating metropolis boasts a blissful tropical climate, miles of bustling sandy coastline, a thriving street culture, and colorful markets packed to bursting with local crafts. Its nightlife is legendary – if you're heading out after dark, be prepared to dance the night away to the sultry rhythms of the region's famous Forró music.

Things to see

Iracema Beach is the city's most bohemian hang-out spot. Here you'll find quirky art shops, cool night spots, and the famous Iracemea Statue. This is just one of many monuments to the heroine of a novel by Fortaleza's most celebrated former resident, José de Alencar. While the city's beaches are great places to chill out, swimming can be hazardous due to strong currents. For all sorts of aquatic fun, you should head instead to Beach Park Water Park. Here you'll find lagoon-like swimming pools, and an array of chutes, slides, and rapids offering thrills and spills for the whole family. Coco Ecological Park is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Named after the Rio Coco river, which runs through it, this large conservation area is home to all kinds of birds, reptiles, and fish, making it a haven for nature lovers. If you're craving a spot of retail therapy after all that time outdoors, Aldeota Shopping Center is a sleek modern mall, which also boasts a cinema and bowling alley.

Hotels in Fortaleza

As you'd expect from a major tourist city, there's a fantastic selection of hotels in Fortaleza. In particular there's a wealth of reasonably-priced, mid-range accommodation offering everything you need for a pleasant and relaxing stay. Even the city's budget hotels are likely to offer an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and WiFi, cable television, and laundry facilities. If you want to splash out, there are also some great luxury options, which tend to occupy enviable beachfront locations. These hotels are likely to offer state-of-the-art fitness facilities, decadent spa treatments, and world-class restaurants with eclectic international menus and extensive wine lists.

Where to stay

Party animals will want to base themselves near Beira Mar Avenue. This extensive beachfront promenade bursts into life once the sun goes down, with its bustling flea market, and thriving bar and nightclub scene. It's the perfect place to dance 'til you drop, or simply kick back with a zesty caipirinha and watch the world go by. There's a large concentration of hotels at nearby Meireles Beach, which buzzes with life throughout the day. It's a favorite spot among locals for early morning jogs and leisurely sunset strolls, and it's home to numerous palm-thatched bars serving potent cocktails and fresh grilled lobster, all at bargain prices. Praia do Futuro is renowned as the most attractive beach in the city, and also the best for a dip in the sea. It's less developed than other stretches of coast, but you'll still find plenty of hotels and restaurants to choose from.

How to get to Fortaleza

Pinto Martins - Fortaleza International Airport receives daily flights from most major Brazilian cities, and other South American capitals. There are also regular international flights from destinations including Miami, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. The airport offers car rental, fixed price taxis, and regular buses to take you into the city, which is around 6 kilometers away. Alternatively, you can reach Fortaleza from almost anywhere else in Brazil by bus.

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