Fortaleza is the capital city of the State of Ceará. Despite being a Brazilian, I was amazed to find such a densely populated city in the North Eastern part of the country. Landlocked from 3 sides , it is such a respite that at least to the north of the city lies Atlantic Ocean. It augurs well for the city that it will be one of the host cities of the 2014 Football Fifa world cup.
The Portugese influence is clearly visible in the city architecture. People are friendly . The beaches are great! Who doesn't like sunny beaches ? It helps a lot that it is not that expensive to move around. Handicraft shops give the city a bohemian feel. I wasn't sure if I was able to visit all the places as I missed visiting the Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Assunção in the city centre , but I was more than glad to have visited the following places:
- Praia do Futuro
- Mercado Central de Fortaleza
- Fortaleza Cathedral
- Theatro José de Alencar
- Beach Park
Some typical dishes of this part of the country are : macaxeira, tapioca and carne de sol. But the typical Brazilian dishes such as feijoada, churrasco, rice and beans can also be found easily.
A guide to hotels in Fortaleza : http://www.visitfortaleza.com/hotels/