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A Day in the City

Top Rated Attractions in Fortaleza

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Museu de Arte da UFC

Inaugurated in 1961, thanks to the efforts of the Dean Antônio Martins Filho, Museu de Arte da Universidade Federal do Ceará (MAUC) boasts of a wonderful permanent displays of fine art. Showcasing great artists like Antônio Bandeira, it also keeps various temporary exhibits by various old and new artists from the Brazilian state of Ceará. Open on weekdays from 8a to 6p, the art museum is represents Cearean artists and their works.

Casa de José de Alencar

Located in the quiet neighborhood of José de Alencar, Casa de José de Alencar was the childhood home of José de Alencar, the beloved Brazilian writer. The house is now a living museum and thriving tourist attraction. A visit here is quite enlightening and gives more insight into de Alencar's personality and thus his literary works thanks to the regular tours lead by well-informed guides. Managed by Federal University of Ceará, Casa de José de Alencar also provides various educational programs and courses for interested candidates.

Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar is a vast complex that brings you some of the city's best entertainment. The center was established in 1999 and comprises a theater, an art museum, planetarium, an auditorium, a library and other performance spaces. Besides this, the complex has restaurants, bars and shops for visitors. The center is spread over an expansive 30,000 square meters (322,917 square feet), and offers an eclectic selection of events and activities in art, culture, community gatherings and more. Call ahead or check website for upcoming events and more.

Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza

Located where Igreja da Sé once stood, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza, which took almost 40 years to complete, was inaugurated by Cardinal Arlindo Lorscheider in 1978. Designed by renowned French architect George Mounier, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza is one of the most beautiful historic monuments in the city, famed for its stained glass windows and fusion of Romanesque and Gothic features. One of the largest churches in the country, Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza can accommodate 5000 people.

Cocó Park

Created to protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the region, Cocó Park has proved vital to the city's environment, economy and tourism. Occupying 1,155.4 hectares (2,855 acres) of land, the park is an oasis of greenery, and possesses all the ingredients that go into the making of a fun day out. Many recreational activities can be enjoyed, and it is a great place to observe wild animals in their natural environment. If you wish to escape the noise and pollution of the city, Cocó Park offers a green retreat.

Beira Mar Avenue

Beira Mar Avenue or as the locals call it Avenida Beira Mar is located near the beach and is one of the best spots get a glimpse of the local culture. A recreational space where sleek pathways joggers, volleyball courts, roller hockey zones, and Asian gardens collide, this street is also the home to a smattering of restaurants that are known to take its guests for an exciting culinary journey. It is also known for its handicrafts and street markets where you will get some of the unique local items. Street performers, food fairs, and cultural festivals make Beira Mar an exciting entertainment venue in Fortaleza's cityscape.

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