Best Areas to Stay in Fortaleza, Brazil

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Where to stay in Fortaleza – A guide to the coastal city of Brazil

Fortaleza is located northeast of Brasilia, in the state of Ceará.

The city is located on the coast of Brazil and stands out for having 34km of beaches, as well as contemporary architecture and high-quality cuisine.

Fortaleza is also known as the capital of joy, presenting events full of color, flavor and rhythm on its beaches, bohemian bars, modern nightclubs and restaurants.

Fortaleza has a humid tropical climate and the best time to visit it goes from August to December, when there is less rain and you can walk through its attractions easily. However, you should take into account that temperatures are high and it is necessary to wear sunscreen at all times and stay hydrated.

To reach this tropical paradise, there is the Pinto Martins Airport, with direct connections from Miami, Rome, Madrid, and Lisbon.

Similarly, you can visit Fortaleza from any city in Brazil, thanks to short, medium and long-distance buses.

Fortaleza also has efficient bus lines, taxis, moto-taxis, and rental vehicles to move within the city.

Praia de Iracema is one of the best areas to stay in Fortaleza because it is the best beach in the city and has high-class hotels. See accommodation in Praia de Iracema.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Fortaleza, Ceará

The best areas to stay in Fortaleza, Ceará

1. Our favorite area: Praia de Iracema

Praia de Iracema is located northeast of Fortaleza City Center.

This beach stands out for its beautiful turquoise blue waters, and it is a privileged area for those who like the sun, the promenade, and shopping.

In addition, it is the best area to stay in Fortaleza for nightlife, thanks to the wide variety of bars in this lively area.

Another good option in this area is the Centro Dragao do Mar de Arte e Cultura, a place that offers art exhibitions, cinemas, theater and cafes for all types of audiences.

For those looking to get away from the hustle or bustle during their stay in Fortaleza, on the way to the sea is the Ponte dos Ingleses, a very long harbor that is ideal for romantic walks.

This area has several bus stops to move to other places in Fortaleza during the day.

Iracema is definitely the best area to stay in Fortaleza, as it has comfortable apartments and numerous resort hotels with ocean views.

Best areas to stay in Fortaleza, Brazil - Praia de Iracema

Best areas to stay in Fortaleza, Brazil – Praia de Iracema

Accommodation in Praia de Iracema - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Praia de Iracema – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Fortaleza:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Beach area
  • Near the attractions

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca is located in Fortaleza, 300 meters from Iracema Beach and close to lively bars and restaurants. It has a rooftop pool and rooms with sea views. It offers free internet and parking.

from US$39
Budget

Algas Praia Hotel

Offering free Wi-Fi and air conditioning throughout, Algas Praia Hotel is located in Fortaleza, a 4-minute walk from Iracema Beach.

from US$31
Luxury

Aquidabã Praia Hotel

Located in Fortaleza, Aquidabã Praia Hotel features an outdoor pool, garden and free Wi-Fi. This 4-star hotel has a bar and offers air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom.

from US$61
 

 

 

2. Fortaleza City Center

The history, art and culture of the city coexist in the Historic Center of Fortaleza.

This area is the epicenter of monuments with neo-Gothic styles, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza.

A meeting point in the area is the Plaza de Ferreira, where the São Luiz Cinema is located, a memorial of the old street cinemas.

Another emblematic place in Fortaleza City Center is the José de Alencar Theater, where there are dance recitals, plays, and movie projections constantly.

In addition, in this area, there are also bars for nightlife lovers.

It is not difficult to travel through Fortaleza City Center since, in addition to being very pedestrian-friendly, it has several bus stops that also facilitate moving to other areas.

The City Center is one of the best areas to stay in Fortaleza because of its many hotels located around the main tourist sites.
 

Where to stay in Fortaleza, Brazil - City Center

Where to stay in Fortaleza, Brazil – City Center

Accommodation in Fortaleza City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Fortaleza City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area


Why we love this area for a stay in Fortaleza:

  • Heart of the city
  • Main attractions of Fortaleza
  • Good public transport connections

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hotel Belem Fortaleza

    Hotel Belem Fortaleza is located in the center of Fortaleza and offers accommodation with free WiFi. The property is 4.3 km from North Shopping Mall, 8 km from Mucuripe Fish Market and 13 km from Castelao Stadium. José de Alencar Theater is less than 1 km away.

    from US$33
 

 

 

3. Mucuripe

Mucuripe is an old fishing boat district, ideal for those looking for a relaxing environment during their stay in Fortaleza.

This area has Mucuripe Beach, with calm and warm waters. In addition, it is close to Meireles beach, located on Beira Mar Avenue.

In this area, there are many restaurants where you can taste delicious seafood, as well as different types of fish.

In addition, the natural landscape of this area, decorated by the emblematic “jangadas” (boats) with its colorful sails, is one of the most special of Fortaleza.

Visitors can also hire sailboats rides.

At the end of the Mucuripe beach is the fish and seafood market, where fresh products can be found at excellent costs.

Mucuripe is one of the best areas to stay in Fortaleza since it has comfortable hotels and apartments near the beach.

Best areas to stay in Fortaleza - Mucuripe

Best areas to stay in Fortaleza – Mucuripe

Accommodation in Mucuripe - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Mucuripe – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Fortaleza:

  • Beach access
  • Peaceful area
  • Great value for the price

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Pauli Hotel

    Pauli Hotel is located in Fortaleza and features an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is close to several well-known attractions, about 900 meters from the Mucuripe fish market, a 4-minute walk from the Iracema-Mucuripe statue and 300 meters from the Flavio Ponte theater. It also has a garden and free Wi-Fi.

    from US$44
 

 

 

4. Praia do Futuro

Praia do Futuro is located in the east, 11km from the center of Fortaleza. Although it is the most remote area, it is also the liveliest in the city.

Its clean waters with strong waves make this beach an ideal place to practice water sports such as surfing and kitesurfing.

Although the area is surrounded by favelas, which can be dangerous, especially at night, it is often visited by tourists.

Its modern infrastructure, with numerous restaurants and bars, make Praia do Futuro an ideal vacation spot.

In Praia do Futuro, you can taste seafood, fast food, and tapas, with an ice-cold beer or one of its famous caipirinhas.

The nightlife here is very lively, with humorous presentations and parties.

Moving to or from Praia do Futuro is possible by bus or taxi.

Praia do Futuro is one of the best areas to stay in Fortaleza, as it offers a variety of accommodation, from resort hotels to modern apartments with affordable costs to the visitor’s pocket.

Where to stay in Fortaleza - Praia do Futuro

Where to stay in Fortaleza – Praia do Futuro

Accommodation in Praia do Futuro - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Praia do Futuro – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Fortaleza:

  • Great beaches
  • Good nightlife
  • Best area for surfing

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hotel Praia do Futuro

    Hotel Praia do Futuro is located in Fortaleza and offers a garden and free Wi-Fi. It was built in 1992 and is 5 km from Mucuripe Fish Market and 17 km from Castelao Stadium. Local attractions such as the North Shopping Mall and the Fortaleza – Mucuripe Port are 18 km and 3.5 km away respectively.

    from US$39
 

 

 

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