Orientation

The city stretches 20km along the coast and up to 10km inland. Centro is the oldest part of town; it's a lively area to wander round by day, with many busy streets full of small stores, though it lacks any specific attractions of note. The main areas of interest are east of Centro. First is Praia de Iracema, a tightly packed nightlife, restaurant and accommodation zone, with no beach worth mentioning. Then there’s Meireles, a middle-class beach suburb with many upscale places to stay, 2km to 4km east of Centro. East of Meireles is the port area, Mucuripe, beyond which the coast veers southward and leads down to the city's best beach, the 5km-long Praia do Futuro, starting some 8km east of Centro.