Beaches are the top draw in this sunny, rapidly developing city, particularly bohemian, party-hearty Iracema, family-friendly Meireles, fishing and boating base camp Mucuripe and low-key Praia do Futuro. Stalls at the Mercado Central or Feirinha Beira Mar brim with local handicrafts, ranging from ceramics to lacework and leather goods. The Dutch-built Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Assunção in the city center, constructed in 1649, marks the spot where Fortaleza originated.

Casa Jose de Alencar

Birthplace of writer Ceará José de Alencar. It was the novelist's residence during his first nine years of life. Since 1964 it is an extension equipment of the Federal University of Ceará. Eight hectares of green area in which are the remaining house of the time of the Alencar Family (house), the ruins of the sugar mill and brandy owned by the writer's father and the administration building....