Sun, sea breeze and crystal-clear water: Fortaleza has that and lots more to offer. Next to Salvador, in Bahia, Fortaleza is the most visited north-eastern Brazilian city. Beyond the idyllic scenery, the city has accommodations, inns and restaurants to fit any budget. And that's not to mention the delicious regional cuisine, which consists mainly of freshly caught seafood and delicacies prepared with tropical fruits and vegetables.
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The Beach Park is the largest water park in South America, and it doubles up as a tourist resort. It's located in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza, covering a total 11 square miles. Everything about it is enormous. Its pools and water slides can entertain more than five thousand people a day during the peak season. Among the main attractions of the park is the "Insano" water slide, considered the largest in the world for its 14 storey height. But the Beach Park is not just a tourist attraction. After the construction of its convention centre in 2000, it also turned into the city's main trade fair and congress venue.
José de Alencar Theatre
The capital city of Caerá has something for those not as inclined to slide down a slippery water slide too. There are many interesting cultural attractions, such as the José de Alencar Theatre. Opened in 1910, the theatre is considered an architectural masterpiece for its wrought iron structure. Designed by Roberto Burle Marx, the gardens around the theatre are a prime example of the Brazilian landscaping arts. But the main attraction remains the outstanding programme, featuring some of the best dance, music and plays in the country's north-east.
To really taste the best local cuisine, you have to visit Meireles beach. It doesn't get any fresher than this: fishermen arrive daily with their boats full of seafood, which is prepared and served in the best restaurants located right on the shore. In addition to the delicious seafood, we suggest that you try other dishes, such as carne de sol and tapioca. If you are lucky, you might even be delighted by the songs of street musicians. And the Ribera is an attraction on its own. It's packed full of artisan shops, an ideal spot to buy regional crafts and souvenirs to remember your trip by.
Cocó Ecological Park
On its final stretch before reaching the Atlantic ocean, the Cocó river it runs right through Fortaleza. Its banks, totalling a 2,855 acre surface, were declared an ecological reserve, making it the largest urban park in South America. In addition to the Mangrove woods, the park features walking paths, recreational, and sports areas. It is best accessed at Avenida Furtado, 300.