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Fortaleza is one of the largest cities in Brazil and certainly one of the most vibrant, rivaling even Rio for its fantastic party scene. Fortaleza Airport is close to the city center, so travelers can catch one of the regular city bus services into the city to get to their hotel in downtown Fortaleza.

A vacation in Fortaleza is mainly about swimming, sunning and partying. Well-known throughout Brazil for its magnificent beaches (it has four urban beaches spanning 25 kilometers), most visitors to Fortaleza seek waterfront accommodation in close proximity to restaurants, cafés and nightclubs. Each of Fortaleza's beaches are quite distinct from each other and attract different crowds – tourists head to Meireles, party people and bohemians hang out in Iracema (where dolphins can sometimes be spotted) and Praia do Futuro is for swimming and surfing. Iracema is the most central to downtown Fortaleza and has the biggest choice of restaurants, clubs and cafés.

Away from the beach, the city itself is worth exploring and visitors will find plenty of restored colonial-era buildings. For those seeking a higher form of culture, the Dragão do Mar Center of Art And Culture always has something worth seeing – from contemporary art exhibitions to folk history to star-gazing sessions at the center's planetarium.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Fortaleza, click on the interactive Fortaleza map on the left-hand side of the page.