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About Fortaleza

Fortaleza is the sunniest seaside city of Brazil. The 863,000 residents and visitors alike really know how to take advantage of the city’s picture-perfect coastline beaches. This city is world renowned for its all year sunshine, pristine coast, artisan ice-cream shops and delicious seafood! Much-loved tourist spots include Morro Branco, Praia de Cumbuco and Cachaca Museum.

Cheap flights to Fortaleza are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be fascinated by this astounding city! Fortaleza is home to Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR), which is located on a 23-minute drive from the city centre. Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including LATAM and Condor. Popular connecting flights to Fortaleza depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 15 hours and 54 minutes.

Why visit Fortaleza

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Jangada Boats

These local fishing boats are part of what has made the city famous. Take a ride on a Jangada boat for an authentic Brazilian experience.

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Beaches

Visitors flock to this city for one thing– its beaches! Go for a swim, take a stroll along Beira-Mar Avenue, and eat some ice-cream while enjoying the great weather.

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Weather

If there’s one city in Brazil where the sun’s always shining, it must be Fortaleza. Savour fantastic summery days all year long while you enjoy beaches, food and more.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Brazil
Currency Brazilian Real (BRL)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.23 BRL
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR)
Airline Avianca Brazil
Time Zone GMT-3
Travel Adaptor Type N

Best time to visit Fortaleza

Fortaleza has a unique climate with warm, beach going temperatures all year long, and a rainy season that spans seven months. The rainy months are from January to June, but typically, it doesn’t rain for too long at a time, so it won’t keep you from enjoying your time out. With this type of weather, it would be great to visit Fortaleza all year long, but to avoid the summer and winter crowds, consider visiting during spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). During this time, the city is less crowded: it is low season, so you will be able to find cheap flights and accommodation to Fortaleza. The local carnival of Fortaleza also brings mass crowds, and takes place during July each year.

Weather & Climate in Fortaleza

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 25°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 26°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 108 213 309 353 221 104 56 10 18 10 24 35

Overview

With all year sunshine and white sandy beaches, it’s no surprise Fortaleza is the holiday city of Brazil. You can expect visitors from all over the country and abroad enjoying the sun and taking dips in the Atlantic Ocean to cool down. Visit Praia do Futuro beach to work on your tan. Fortaleza is also famous for its delicious crab shacks, that you can find right on the beach promenade.

After a day of swimming and eating some delicious seafood, head over to Praia de Iracema neighbourhood for an evening of fun. Practice your dance moves with some samba or “forro”. With roots based in Portuguese, Latin and African dance styles, you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat and have a great time.

Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to visit Fortaleza in Brazil can do so without a visa, if you plan on staying for less than 90 days. Just ensure that your passport has at least six months left on it.

For further information, please contact the Embassy of Brazil:

177 Dyer Road 1st Floor, Hillcrest Office Park Woodpecker Place Hillcrest Pretoria, 0083 South Africa Tel: (+27) 12 366 52 00 Fax: (+27) 12 366 52 99

Health & Safety

The city of Fortaleza is as safe as any other big city across the world. There are, of course, some precautions to take when travelling around the city. These include: not walking around alone at night, keeping your personal belongings out of sight, and not flashing expensive items around for everyone to see.

It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting Brazil, it is recommended to get a vaccination for hepatitis A, as you will most likely be eating food that is unfamiliar. You should get a shot for typhoid if you’ll be doing any trips to smaller, more rural areas of the country. Other vaccines that are recommended are hepatitis B, yellow fever, malaria and rabies.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN FORTALEZA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 79.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 26.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 23.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 10.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 33.50
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