Cruises in Fortaleza

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Katherine Green

A Fortaleza cruise is a great way to see the 5th largest city in Brazil and explore some of its most notable features like white sandy beaches and a rich history. With many cruise ships docking in Fortaleza's main harbor, there are many opportunities for you to explore the area with shore excursions and a variety of short trips that highlight the best the city has to offer.

Fortaleza History

Situated in the Northeast corner of the country, Fortaleza is the capital of the state of Ceara, the first state in the country to abolish slavery. With a name meaning "fortress" the city has long been associated  with protecting the northern area of coastline since the first arrival by the Portuguese in 1603. After much fighting over land, prosperity came to the area in the early 19th century as the city became a major port for the region. Today 2 million people live in the city that boats many beautiful fantastic beaches and one of the major commercial centers of Brazil. The thriving city offers many interesting things to do and see.

Fortaleza Cruise Things to Do

The tourist industry in Fortaleza is one of rapid and continued growth. The city has become known among tourists to have wild parties and is a premiere beach partying destination in the country. Iracema Beach is the best known for this. A bohemian beach, visitors here can join in the party anytime here beginning in the early afternoon through to the early morning. There are many bars and restaurants here along Avenue Monseigneur Tabosa as well that represent the best the city has to offer.

The cultural centers here are of particular interest, as the people here are very diverse and combine a variety of beliefs to live cohesively together. Check out the Dragao do Mar Center of Art and Culture and the Banco do Nordeste Cultural Centre for an interesting looks at the area's combined history.

The Central Market is a great stop on your short visit to Fortaleza. Here, not only can visitors explore local produce and tropical fruits, but they can also enjoy some fine shopping for handmade crafts and even lace.

For lovers of architecture, the Jose de Alencar Theater and the Fortaleza Cathedral should be on any tour of the city. The theater represents Art Noveau design, while the cathedral is a neo-Gothic styled one with stunning stained glass windows.

Enjoy your day trip to this bustling city by visiting one of Fortaleza's great attractions that have made it a leader in tourism in the country. 

January 23, 2010 new by kat99
January 29, 2010 change by schitti

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