It’s hot, it’s humid. Capital of the state of Ceará and the sunshine capital of Brazil, Fortaleza is one the country’s most addictive tastes of the tropics.

With a sun-kissed skyline which bears hints of that of Miami or Cancun, Fortaleza’s year-round tropical climate and myriad accommodation options make it a mecca for domestic package tourism. The city famously experiences virtually no rainfall from August to December. 

A few blocks from the high rises sits the government funded cultural district of Dragão do Mar. Along with beautifully restored colonial architecture, the precinct includes a museum of contemporary art and a planetarium.

The city’s two urban beaches, Praia de Iracema and Meireles, are palm-lined tropical havens which attract many of the visiting sun-worshippers. Fortaleza also has a happening surf scene with some of the best wave breaks on the Brazilian coast.

Once a Bohemian hangout in the 1950’s the district of Iracema is today known for its brightly coloured and brilliantly restored colonial buildings.  

Seafood is unsurprisingly top of the menu in Fortaleza cuisine and one the city’s tastier traditions is that Thursday night is crab night. It’s then that locals flock to the restaurants and beach shacks of Praia do Futuro to feast on the freshly caught caranguejos.

Fortaleza hosts Uruguay vs Costa Rica on Saturday 14 June, Brazil vs Mexico on Tuesday 17 June, Germany vs Ghana on Saturday 21 June and Greece vs Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday 24 June

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