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About Fortaleza

The capital of Ceara, Fortaleza, embraces a relaxed, cultural and happy, such as the extensive Beira-Mar Avenue that runs through the city´s main beaches. A place of beautiful landscapes and lots of entertainment for those seeking to unite luxury and fun.

Fortaleza is located on the Atlantic coast, with 34 km of beaches, is the center of a city of 313.8 km ² and 2,447,409 inhabitants, the capital of the most densely populated country, with 8001 inhabitants / km ². It is the most populous city of Ceará, in Brazil the 5th and 91st most populous.

As everywhere in the Brazilian coast, the weather hot and semi-arid region is also prevalent in Fortaleza, giving room also for its vegetation, which is predominant mangroves and sandbanks, and the Ecological Park of Coco with the largest green area of ​​the city.

It is practically impossible to define the seasons in Fortaleza, for 300 days of the year reigns and the sun. The rainy season, locally called "winter" runs from January to July, is already dry from August to December. The rainiest month is April (348 mm) and November is the driest (13 mm).

Fortaleza has many lakes and rivers, and the Coco River the largest. Among the lakes, the largest and most important are: Parangaba pond, known for its fair varieties; Messejana pond, where the largest statue of Iracema in Fortaleza, and the Opaia, and Maraponga Porangabuçu.

In Fortaleza, a huge variety in relation to culture and tradition. Various artists, writers, musicians, stage and enjoy even squares to show their talent. The city is full of theaters, including the Theatro José de Alencar, the scene of the main events of Ceará.

There are also theaters attached to educational institutions, such as theater IBEU Arena Theatre and the College Christus. The Museum and the Museum of Ceará Fortaleza, Mucuripe Lighthouse, keep the most important artifacts of memory Fortaleza.

The most important festivals are those that involve the Catholic Church, among them that in Fortaleza Carnival is celebrated with parades of samba schools and Maracatu, the patron saint of Our Lady of the Assumption on 15 August, state fairs, and other traditional dates. The Fortal, micareta in late July, along with the Ceará Music in October are the most popular musical events.

The daily life of many leisure fortalezenses is walking or jogging at dawn or dusk in the streets of residential areas. The bodybuilding gyms and fitness are also numerous. Some of the most prominent event is the Half Marathon of Fortaleza, which commemorates the anniversary of the city and Sugarloaf Marathon Relay which takes place in July.

As in the rest of Brazil, Football also stands out in Ceará. Because of this love for football and Fortaleza because of the importance of the city on the national scene, Fortaleza was chosen as one of the main venues of the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be played in Brazil.

What to do in Fortaleza

Fortaleza is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Brazil, with different points of tourism that attracts many people. The main attractions are the theme park Beach Park in Fortaleza Metropolitan Region, which receives an average of 500,000 visitors per year and has as its main attraction the Insane, the world´s largest waterslide.

Other points stand out as the Sea Dragon Center for Art and Culture, Beira Mar with his craft fair, the Iracema Beach, with the English Bridge and the famous Pirate Beach Bar and the Future with their "tents" of beach.

In the structure to support tourism, the state government and municipal events and perform and collaborate to encourage the disclosure of others, with special emphasis on tourism and business events.
Fortaleza offers beaches with coconut trees, dunes, cliffs, crystal clear lagoons and fresh water sources. Besides attracting tourists with its wonderful climate and warm waters between 25 ° C to 28 ° C for pleasant bathing.

When to Go to Fortaleza

In relation to climate time, there are few times when the weather does not cooperate with the beauty of Ceara. Few days of the year is visited Fortaleza the rain. The period of steady rain in Ceara usually occurs in April, during which the rain is constant, the rest of the year is passing rains. As a precaution, avoid also the months of March and June, considered winter to be there for the only time it cools.

If you seek a quiet time, do not schedule your trip on holiday weekends or holidays, highlighting the Carnival, which is the date that more tourists to the North and Northeast.

More if you like hustle, go during the holidays in December, January or July, or if you prefer, meet in Ceará carnival season, when the beaches are crowded and attractions increase.

If you seek a period in which the values ​​are more into account, then give preference to the remaining months of the year, which are quieter and prices drop considerably, about 30% in both passages as in cost of living on beaches and cities.

How to arrive in Fortaleza

plane

Pinto Martins International Airport
Senator Charles Avenue Jereissati, 3000, Serrinha
Tel: (85) 3392-1030
www.infraero.gov.br

bus

Terminal Antonio Bezerra
Hipólito Pamplona, 45
Tel: (85) 3235-0688

Terminal John Thome
Osvaldo Studart Av, 1630
Tel: (85) 3230-1111

car

Fortaleza is 520 km west of Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte. The trip begins with a 15 km stretch of the BR-226, and continues for about 340 km in BR-304, passing through cities such as Rio Grande do Norte Brook, Lajes and Angicos. In the Ceará, from Majorândia, follow the EC-040 for over 130 km, passing by Fortescue and Aquiraz, until you reach the large urban area of ​​Fortaleza.

Those traveling by car from west to east, from Jijoca Jericoacoara, for example, has a trip of about 290 km from Fortaleza. The most suitable route, the track conditions and proximity to the shore, is the EC-085, called Structuring.

Coming from South, Southeast and Northeast of the capital - access by BR-406, BR-304 and BR-116

Coming from Maranhão - access by highways: BR-135, BR-316 (to Teresina) BR-343 and BR-222

Coming from Piauí: access by highways: BR-343 and BR-222

Make a Suitcase to Fortaleza

Well the first thing to consider is the tropical climate of Ceará, therefore, give preference to light and fresh clothes, but also put a cardigan in your bag as prevention, do not forget that Ceará is surrounded by beaches and night the salty sea air tends to cool off.

Organize your bag properly and preferably, take only what you need because you will usually want to bring several things, taking up more room. First, put the jeans with the legs out of the bag, then put the winter coat, shorts, blouses and bath towel, remember that a very useful tip is to make rolls with the finest clothing and sarong and beach output bath, do that again only with parts that do not wrinkle.

It is important to remember that it is always good to bring a change of clothes more elegant for any more social outings. After you put all this, bend the legs of the pants over and close your bag.

Now organize your small belongings. Preferably, count on the help of a small purse or a toilet bag for storing earrings, bracelets, makeup, deodorant and sunscreen.

Another very important tip for women is the option of bikinis. If possible, take more than one set of swimsuits, since this alters both the cleaning and elegance factor, because normally bikinis easily dirty due to the seawater.

On the issue of shoes, take a pair of slippers, for greater comfort during the day at the beach, plus do not forget a pair of shoes for more strenuous rides, walks through the city. Bring also a pair of sandals for more social outings during the night.

History of Fortaleza

The story of Fortress meets very curious and interesting facts. Many years ago, when the city came around the Fort of Our Lady of the Assumption, built by the Portuguese came a settlement which gave rise to the fifth largest city in Brazil. The visitor who arrives in Fortaleza, a city now admired by tourists from around the world, hardly imagine that she seemed to have little chance to evolve.

When he was just a little captaincy, Ceará received no attention. In 1603, Pero Coelho de Souza initiated the conquest of the captaincy and founded the Fort St. James in Barra do Ceará. More officially began its occupation by Martim Soares Moreno, the Portuguese captain who served as inspiration for one of the central characters of the novel "Iracema" José de Alencar, restoring and expanding the Fort of St. James, later renamed Fort St. Sebastian.

The fort was occupied by a Dutch expedition, which dominated the Ceará from 1640 to 1644, when the Indians decided to go to fight for territory, defeating the Dutch, who returned six years later to the region, led by Matthias Beck, in order to regain area, decided to build the fort on the banks of the creek Shoonemborch Pajeu. The final expulsion of the Dutch came in 1954 by Portuguese commander Alvaro Barreto de Azevedo, changing the name of Strong for Our Lady of the Assumption.

On April 13, 1726, has been started to create the city of Fortaleza, where the population of the Fort was taken to the condition of village. Only in 1823 the Emperor Dom Pedro I elevated the village to a city.

Between the 1950 and 1960, the city goes through an economic growth that exceeds 100% and starts to occupy neighborhoods distant from downtown. At the end of 70 years begins to emerge as a future industrial hub of the Northeast with the implementation of the Industrial District of Fortaleza.

During the political opening after the military regime the people elected the first woman mayor of Ceará, Maria Luiza and the first city council led by a leftist party. In the late administration of the prefecture and city go through several structural changes with the opening of several avenues, hospitals, cultural centers and emerging as a major tourist destination in the Northeast and Brazil.

Security of Fortaleza

Fortaleza has high levels of violence, more like every city, of course there is violence, so stay tuned for our tips have a smooth ride, no worries.

Do not carry cash, a preference for card payments, because less attention and avoids embarrassment. It is always good to take care of belongings and watch, glasses, bracelets, m calling attention and attract thieves.

At night, a preference for walking around where you stay and avoid going out with your own vehicle. Usually the thieves realize when you´re a tourist.

In case of public transport, avoid walking on the first and last wagon train or bus in the background, if possible, opt for the use of taxi, which is a safer way.

Most of the beaches and sights of Fortaleza receive support from military bases to assist in fighting crime, so, seeing a strange movement around you, seek help.

Useful Phone Numbers of Fortaleza

Military Police
Phone: 190

fire department
Phone: 191

SAMU
Phone: 192

dial Tourism
Phone: (85) 3105.2670

Central Tourism
Phone: 1516

Fortaleza General Hospital
Phone: (85) 3101-3209

Intoxication and Poisoning
Phone: (85) 3255-5050

dial Denounces
Phone: 100

Talk Fort
Phone: 0800 285 0880

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