Fortaleza attractions

Arts Center in Fortaleza

Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

This excellent, extensive complex includes cinemas, performance spaces, a good cafe, a planetarium and two good museums: the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and the Memorial da Cultura Cearense, which features exhibits …
Museum in Fortaleza

Memorial da Cultura Cearense

Part of Fortaleza's excellent Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar, this museum hosts exhibits on Ceará's traditional way of life and culture. Temporary exhibitions are on the upper floors – by the main entrance – while th…
Beach in Fortaleza

Praia do Futuro

A clean length of soft sand stretching 5km along Fortaleza’s east-facing coast, this is easily the best city beach, though it's far from most accommodations. It's lined by huge restaurants known as barracas, which s…
Museum in Fortaleza

Museu de Arte Contemporânea

This contemporary art museum is one of two museums that make up Fortaleza's excellent Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar and is well worth a wander.
Museum in Fortaleza

Centro de Turismo

The Centro de Turismo, a converted 19th-century jail, houses a lot of craft stalls and a tourist information office. Upstairs, the Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular, which has an impressive collection of Ceará crafts,…
Beach in Fortaleza

Praia do Meireles

This central beach has an attractive waterfront promenade with homey beer barracas (stalls) on the sand side and smart air-conditioned restaurants and hotels across the street. The fish market and evening craft fair…
Church in Fortaleza

Igreja da Sé

Fortaleza's neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral is the city's most important church.