Top 5 Must Do's in Fortaleza

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Fortaleza's intense heat makes it inevitable that visitors here will want to spend plenty of time at the beach, and luckily there are plenty to choose from in and around Fortaleza. The cooling sea breezes and warm waters make visiting these beaches a pleasure, and water sports enthusiasts will not be short of options. Fortaleza also boasts a sophisticated dining scene, lively nightlife and good shopping opportunities, as well as an attractive historic center and some interesting museums and cultural centers. Here's our pick of the best.

1. Become a beach bum.

With some 25 kilometers of beaches to choose from, sun-seekers will be in seventh heaven in Fortaleza. For a lively beach scene, head to Praia do Futuro, some eight kilometers from the city center. The beach here gets busy but is well-equipped with showers, and vendors selling everything from snacks to sarongs.

2. Try your hand at water sports.

Whether it's surfing, body boarding or scuba diving, the many beaches of Fortaleza are ideal for water sports. Experts will have plenty of opprtunity to perfect their moves, while newbies will find plenty of schools that can arrange classes and equipment hire.

3. Take a fishing trip.

Fishing is big business in Fortaleza, and the local fishermen still head out at the crack of dawn each morning to bring in the catch of the day. It's possible to arrange fishing trips with local tour companies, meaning that self-caterers can catch their own supper.

4. Sample the local cuisine.

Northeastern food is famous across Brazil, and as one would expect, seafood is especially good in Fortaleza. Shrimp, palm oil and coconut milk all feature highly in traditional Fortaleza dishes, and food is spiced up with hot chili sauce. Be careful, it packs a punch!

5. Visit the Historic Centre.

Fortaleza's Centro Historico is home to some fine colonial buildings, and it's well worth tearing yourself away from the beach long enough to wander the cobbled streets, stopping for an ice cold beer at one of the many street vendors and simple pavement cafes.
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