Fly To Fortaleza, Brazil
With more than 3 million citizens and a built-up metropolitan area, Fortaleza is one of the biggest cities in Brazil and a tourist hotspot of note, favoured for its party atmosphere and sunny beaches such as Iracema, Mucuripe, Meireles and Praia do Futuro.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Fortaleza, Brazil. Just ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Brazil is at Av. Das Nacoes, Od. 801, lote 6, 70406-900, Brasilia. Phone: +55-61-312-9500.
See and do
Besides enjoying several beaches in the region, tourists can participate in a busy and safe nightlife in Fortaleza, take city tours, and go shopping at Mercado Central or Feirinha Beira Mar where you can pick up local arts and crafts from ceramics to lacework and leather goods.
A lot of effort’s been put into restoring Fortaleza’s colonial architecture. Two free tours worth joining are the Step-by-Step History and History train tours – they’re both 3 hours long and having a basic understanding of Portuguese helps. The main city square, Praca de Ferreira has a nice atmosphere with lots of shops, restaurants, and a cinema. See fantastic street performers at Praca Jose de Alencar and head to Theatro Jose de Alencar to check out architectural landmarks from 1912.
The cathedral is worth seeing for its pretty mosaics and the Museu do Ceara is a good place to learn about the history of the state and its capital. Museu do Automovel is Brazil’s veteran car club and you can see more than 60 display cars, mostly American models that range from 1917 to 1995. The mansion of Estoril was built in 1925 as a villa and was later used as a casino, a restaurant and then a political bar of sorts.
For lovely local handicrafts, get to Mercado dos Pinoes which used to be a meat market that was brought piece by piece from Europe. Other activities in Fortaleza include golf, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, cruising and going to cinemas. There is often a festival on in the city depending on the time of year you visit.
The urban beaches are a great experience. Be wary of buying anything from vendors, though, as food is potentially hazardous and you can get good food at the beach shacks for the same price. Clothing and souvenirs are also cheaper at the local markets. The nicest beaches in the city are Meireles and Praia de Iracema, although bathing isn’t really encouraged at the beaches. There are rows of places to drink and people watch along the beaches and you can rent sunbeds. The most attractive beach in Fortaleza is Praia do Futuro – the currents and undertows are strong here so swimming isn’t advised, but it’s ok for a quick dip.
Pinto Martins Fortaleza International Airport – FOR
Food and beverage: Bob’s, Casa do Pao de Queijo, Café Donuts, Canfraria do Café, Fly Café, Fly Gourmet, Ilha das Amendoas, McDonald’s, Paneria, Sheng Chi, Yozzen
Currency Exchange: Banco Safra and Casa Brasil are both located on the ground floor at Fortaleza Airport.
Airport Hotels: none on site but nearby is the Amuarama Hotel.
Car Hire: Europcar, Alamo, Budget, National, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Fortaleza International Airport (code FOR) is a hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines.