Fortaleza - CE

Informações básicas

Population: 2,428,708 people
GDP per capita: R$ 24,253.93
Human Development Index (IDHM): 0.754
Source: IBGE

Fortaleza is located in Ceará, in the Northeast Region. Those born in Ceará are Cearense. Those born in Fortaleza are Fortalezense. The capital of Ceará plays a strategic role on the Brazilian stage, standing out as the tourist, economic and cultural hub of the Northeast. Its influence covers sectors such as commerce, industry and technology, contributing significantly to regional and national development. The city will also host G20 activities.

The Statue of Iracema Guardiã is the brainchild of Ceará artist Zenon da Cunha Mendes Barreto, in homage to the literature of his countryman José de Alencar. The statue, inaugurated in 1995, is located on Iracema Beach (Photo: Divulgação/SetFor).


Fortaleza has a territorial area of 312,353 km2. In economic terms, the capital of Ceará is remarkably diversified. Tourism is an important driving force behind its stunning beaches, such as Praia do Futuro. In addition, the city offers a wide range of leisure options, such as museums, theaters, gastronomy and intense nightlife.

Trade is booming in markets such as Central, and the textile and footwear industries have a significant presence. The Port of Mucuripe strengthens commercial connections, contributing to the region's economic robustness.

Culturally, Fortaleza is a melting pot of artistic expressions. Dragão do Mar Art and Culture Center is a space for events and exhibitions that celebrates cultural diversity. Ceará's folklore manifests itself in traditional festivals, such as the Fortaleza Carnival, incorporating contagious rhythms and typical dances.

In the tourism sector, the city stands out as a destination of unparalleled beauty. The local handicrafts at the Central Market are a must-see attraction, as are the delicacies of Ceará cuisine, which captivate visitors with authentic flavors. It is an urban center marked by diversity in cultural, social, economic, architectural and environmental aspects.

The waterfront on Avenida Beira-Mar has a number of restaurants serving typical food, especially seafood dishes.

As for the climate, Fortaleza has a tropical atmosphere, with high temperatures throughout the year. The constant sunny days are an irresistible invitation for outdoor activities.

Ceará's capital, with its vitality and diversity, fascinates and inspires locals and visitors alike.

Main tourist attractions

• Iracema Beach

• Praia do Futuro - Future Beach

• Fortaleza Central Market

• Dragão do Mar Center for Art and Culture

• Meireles Beach

• Beira Mar Market

• Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste (Banco do Nordeste Cultural Center)

• Cumbuco Beach

• Porto das Dunas Beach



Start your day with a walk along Avenida Beira-Mar. Ceará's coastline is full of natural beauty, labyrinths of cliffs, freshwater caves and natural pools. Some of the most famous beaches are Praia do Futuro, Cumbuco, Canoa Quebrada and Morro Branco.


Fortaleza's gastronomy is a special attraction, with traditional dishes from the Northeast, such as carne de sol and tapioca. But the highlights are the fish, seafood and, above all, the crab. Thursdays in Fortaleza are known as Quinta do Caranguejo, a day of the week when several restaurants serve the famous caranguejada.


Buggy rides are very typical of the Northeast region of the country. They are known for their beautiful scenery and adventures. They usually last around three hours, passing dunes, beaches, lagoons and stopping for other activities.


The Dragão do Mar Art and Culture Center is an ideal space for those who enjoy the art scene. It has a planetarium, a theater, a cinema and a studio, as well as museums with various exhibitions. At night, the region becomes a bohemian area full of bars and warehouses, with musical attractions for all tastes.


Forró is the traditional rhythm that has rocked generations of people from Fortaleza. It is considered a true cultural heritage of the city. From bars to forró houses, there are many options for dragging your feet in the hall.


In Brazil, June is marked by festivals celebrating some of the country's main June saints, such as Santo Antônio (St. Anthony), São Pedro (St. Peter), São João (St. John) and São Paulo (St. Paul). For those who want to experience a typical June festival, there is a program of festivities

in the main cities of the Northeast Region, which take place in the second half of the month. The event includes traditional decorations, delicious food and lively quadrilhas, a tradition of June festivals. You can also dance a lot of forró, a popular northeastern dance, and eat various dishes made from corn, such as pamonha and canjica.


The Pinto Martins International Airport in Fortaleza is a vital gateway, connecting the city to the world. Modern facilities and its strategic location boost tourism and trade, strengthening Fortaleza's role in the global context.


Fortaleza City Hall

Government of the State of Ceará

G20 events in Fortaleza

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