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This area of Ceara is inhabited by around 2,400,000 people.
This destination is about 1,050 mile northeast of Brasilia, the national capital. It's also 18 miles northeast of Pacatuba.
Beach Park Water Park and Porto das Dunas Beach are lively and engaging attractions, offering a great day out for children and adults alike.
You and the kids will have an awesome time seeing the big and the small inhabitants at the Sargento Prata Zoo. If you're short on time, find the information desk and take a map so you don't miss out on any of the key exhibits.
To spend some time outdoors, go and get your daily dose of vitamin D at Passeio Publico. Alternatively, breathe in the fresh floral aromas and read a book at Adahil Barreto Park.
Cast your gaze out over the still water, do some bird-watching and check for any water-based fun at Lake Messejana and Cauipe Lake.
Are you looking for some rest and relaxation? Give yourself a day to check out the area's picturesque stretches of coastline. Praia do Presidio or Praia da Caponga ought to be first on your list. You could also check the water temperature at at Pacheco Beach and Icarai Beach.
Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Head on over to Coco Ecological Park and Parque Ecológico do Côco. Coco Park and Pico Alto are also highly recommended by nature-loving visitors.
The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with tales of human endeavor and achievement. The Mini Siara Museum and the Ceara Museum of Image and Sound offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Museu do Automovel and the Cachaca Museum are also worth looking at.
Art-loving visitors will enjoy the area's array of gallery and exhibition spaces. Spend a stimulating day hopping between the Maracatu Museum, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and the Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular.
Take in the illuminating artifacts of the Ceara Museum or check out the exhibits at the Museu do Ceará. Either are a great choice for the keen historian.
Local historic sites like Jose de Alencar House, the Memorial da Cultura Cearense and the Iracema Statue are good places to spend an afternoon at if you take an interest in the events and places of times gone by.
The sturdy defense structures at Nossa Senhora de Assuncao Fort are a stark reminder of the area's military history.
Abolition Palace is a giant time capsule, offering some of the best design in the region.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure enjoy an afternoon at Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza and Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. If you'd like to see a couple more religious sites, have a walk about Our Lady of Remedies Church and Fortaleza Cathedral.
At the center of many city squares you're likely to find some sort of fountain or statue, but it is the stories of each space and the characters that inhabit them that make them really special. On your explorations, make sure you go for a walk through Portugal Square or Ferreira Square. Bandeira Square and Figueiras de Melo Square also hold a special place in the locals' hearts.
One of the most photographed local landmarks, Ponte dos Ingleses is an essential stop.
Paracuru Lighthouse is a nice place to discover the area's seafaring history and feel the salty wind in your hair.
Spare some time to make a trip to the Iracema Monument and consider this place's local stories.
Would you like to get inside some of the region's educational institutions? If so, be sure to check out the University of Fortaleza or the Federal University of Ceara. The dynamic student populations and modern facilities are just two of the reasons that so many young people choose to live here.
This area has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to shop, so don't miss out on a bit of retail therapy while you are here. Pick up a hot deal, indulge a luxury purchase or just enjoy the atmosphere at Central Market and Shopping Del Paseo. Fortaleza Handicraft Market and Aldeota Shopping Center are also lots of fun to stop by.
You'll find some acclaimed performing arts houses here. Among the finest is the Jose de Alencar Theater. Make a night of it and have a few pre-show drinks at one of the neighborhood eateries.
Whether you are traveling through Fortaleza for business or relaxation, you won't regret a stop at Park Engenhoca or the Dragao do Mar Art and Culture Center.
This family-friendly Fortaleza hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Mucuripe Fish Market and Iracema Monument. Fortaleza Port and Fortaleza Handicraft Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Praia do Futuro II hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from RioMar Shopping Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sabiaguaba Beach. Fortaleza Port and Coco Ecological Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Fortaleza hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ponte dos Ingleses, CEART Artisan Center and Dragao do Mar Art and Culture Center. Ceara Museum of Image and Sound and Fortaleza Handicraft Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Beira Mar hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Iracema Monument and Fortaleza Handicraft Market. Mucuripe Fish Market and Portugal Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Meireles, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fortaleza Handicraft Market, Portugal Square and Aldeota Shopping Center. Ceara Museum of Image and Sound and Shopping Del Paseo are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Fortaleza, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ponte dos Ingleses, Dragao do Mar Art and Culture Center and Mini Siara Museum. INACE Shipyard and Maracatu Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Fortaleza, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Castelao Stadium and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Sargento Prata Zoo. Adahil Barreto Park and Museu do Automovel are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Beira Mar hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fortaleza Handicraft Market, Iracema Monument and Portugal Square. Aldeota Shopping Center and Shopping Del Paseo are also within 1 mile (2 km).