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This area of Ceara has around 2,400,000 inhabitants.
The national capital, Brasilia, is 1,050 mile southwest of Fortaleza, while Pacatuba lies 18 miles to the southwest.
Laugh, play and be amazed at Beach Park Water Park and Porto das Dunas Beach, two excellent attractions for the whole family.
Snap photos, enjoy the presentations and find out about our fragile environment at the Sargento Prata Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about feeding times and where to find the zoo's more unusual species.
For fresh air and relaxation, grab something for lunch and head out to one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Passeio Publico or Coco Ecological Park. Lake Messejana and Cauipe Lake are two more pleasant spots to while away the day with a good book.
Choro River is a lovely place to spot the local wildlife and skim some stones along the water.
If you're in the mood for wandering along a shoreline, watching the seabirds or just kicking back by the water's edge, head to Praia do Presidio or Praia da Caponga. Pacheco Beach and Icarai Beach are two more good options.
Lock your phone in the car and take a break from the noise of the modern world at Parque Ecológico do Côco and Coco Park. Pico Alto and Lagoa Fortaleza are also popular among nature-loving locals.
Schedule a visit to some of the popular exhibition spaces in the area. The Ceara Museum and the Maracatu Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. Also worth considering are the Mini Siara Museum and the Ceara Museum of Image and Sound.
Art manifests itself in many shapes and forms. If you're feeling inspired, go and check out the pieces at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and the Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular.
How can you negotiate the ever-changing future if you don't really know the past? Head over to the Museu do Ceará!
To discover more about the area's rich and colorful past, consider visiting at least one of its many historic monuments and buildings. Commence your history tour at Abolition Palace and Jose de Alencar House. More stories from the days of yore are waiting for you at Nossa Senhora de Assuncao Fort and the Memorial da Cultura Cearense.
The area's spiritual side can be experienced at Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza and Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. You might also like to have a walk around Our Lady of Remedies Church or Fortaleza Cathedral.
At the center of many city squares you'll likely find some sort of monument or fountain, but it's the unique stories of each space and the people that inhabit them that make them really special. Your trip here wouldn't be complete without a little walk through Portugal Square or Ferreira Square. The locals are sure to also recommend you swing by Bandeira Square and Figueiras de Melo Square.
One of the most recognized local landmarks, Ponte dos Ingleses is a place you'll need to visit sooner or later.
The silhouette and natural setting of Paracuru Lighthouse offer great opportunities for budding photographers, especially at sunset.
Voyage through Fortaleza's history at some of the area's monuments and memorial sites, such as the Iracema Monument, Bishop Palace or the Iracema Statue.
Do you want to meed the great minds of tomorrow? If so, be sure to check out the University of Fortaleza or the Federal University of Ceara. The buzzing student populations and modern facilities are just a couple of the reasons that young people flock to this area.
This area is renowned as a good shopping destination, so don't miss out on a retail fix while you are here. Grab a great deal, splash out on a luxury purchase or just sit and watch the locals go by at Central Market and Shopping Del Paseo. Fortaleza Handicraft Market and Aldeota Shopping Center are also brimming with excitement.
The Jose de Alencar Theater and Flavio Ponte Teathre are popular performance venues that are frequented by travelers and artistically minded locals alike.
Whether you are in Fortaleza for work or for pleasure, you're not going to regret stopping by Park Engenhoca or the Dragao do Mar Art and Culture Center.
The Expedia Fortaleza hotels guide lists 133 upscale and affordable hotel options, so you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere suitable in this highly popular destination.
Those looking for a bed at the upper-end of the scale will be delighted, Fortaleza offers a selection of luxury options, including the Hotel Gran Marquise, at Avenida Beira Mar, 3980, and the Vila Gale Fortaleza, at Av. Dioguinho, 4189, Praia do Futuro. Alternatively, if you're after somewhere a bit more economical, you might want to consider staying at the Albergaria Hostel & Bar, at Rua Antônio Augusto 111, or the Pousada do Suiço, at Rua Antônio Augusto, 133.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Fortaleza hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Ponte dos Ingleses and Image and Sound Museum. CEART Artisan Center and CEART - Handicraft Exposition are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Beira Mar hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Iracema Monument and Flavio Ponte Teathre. Mucuripe Fish Market and Fortaleza Handicraft Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Fortaleza hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Mucuripe Fish Market, Flavio Ponte Teathre and Iracema Monument. Fortaleza Port and Fortaleza Handicraft Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Beira Mar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fortaleza Handicraft Market and Image and Sound Museum. Del Passeo Shopping Mall and Portugal Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of CEART Artisan Center, Image and Sound Museum and CEART - Handicraft Exposition. Ponte dos Ingleses and Ceara Museum of Image and Sound are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Aquiraz resort is within a 5-minute walk of Beach Park Water Park and Iracema Statue. Porto das Dunas Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Meireles hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fortaleza Handicraft Market and Image and Sound Museum. Portugal Square and Ceara Museum of Image and Sound are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Beira Mar aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Iracema Monument and Flavio Ponte Teathre. Fortaleza Port and Mucuripe Fish Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).