11 things to do in Fortaleza

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Here am I writing again about the city I will always call home, Fortaleza. As I have already introduced the city to you, I now want to give you some very cool choices of fun and delicious things to do in this coastal Brazilian town.

While I was there last January, I had the chance to do once again some of the things I love, and I decided to make a list (you know me) with 11 things to do in Fortaleza. Some of them are very touristy, others are things that even the locals also appreciate very much. So here it goes:

Take a walk at Beira-Mar

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

If you would have the chance to see only one thing in Fortaleza, that would be the beach sidewalk, known as Beira-mar. So yes, it is a must! Here you can see not only the beautiful sea, but also handcraft and ice cream stands, street food vendors, restaurants, and a LOT of people. It is a nice place to see the contrast between the sea and the skyscrapers of this 4 million inhabitants town.

Eat crab on the beach

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Have you ever tried Brazilian crab? Well, here you can do that, and it is the kind of thing that the locals love doing. There is even a special day to eat crab, in which everyone enjoys to meet their friends and of course, some juicy crabs: on Thursdays. Well, I love it, and it was one of the first things I did when I was there last time.

A tour around the José de Alencar Theater

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Most people from Fortaleza itself have probably never done this, but I – together with other 2 amazing friends – decided to do it, and I must say that I was impressed by the place. Stunning architecture!

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

The José de Alencar Theater was opened in 1910 and it was named after a very famous Brazilian writer. The Theater is a National Historic and Artistic Patrimony, and its architecture style is considered Art Nouveau. Its main room has the capacity for 800 people. Not to mention, it is beautifully colourful. So, if you don’t understand Portuguese to attend a spectacle there, you can always make a tour!

Go to an all-you-can-eat meat restaurant

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

I have explained to you before what an all-you-can-eat meat restaurant is right? So, this activity is a must do not only in Fortaleza, but anywhere you go in Brazil. My favourite one in the city is still Sal e Brasa, even though I heard good things about other ones too. In any case, I do think you should indulge yourself into some amazing and succulent Brazilian meat.

Spend the day at Beach Park

Fortaleza is very famous for its beaches, and my favourite one there is Porto das Dunas. Well, it is officially part of the nearby town Aquiraz, though it is so close that for me it still makes part of Fortaleza. Anyways, this beach – where by the way I got married! – is home to one of the largest water parks in Latin America, Beach Park.

Beach Park is where I spent a lot of time during my childhood. It is a fun place not only for kids, but for adults too. You can easily spend the entire day here, enjoying the rides, as well as eating great food at their restaurant or just sitting on the beach. There is a water slide called Insano, which is 41m high… of course, with my lack of courage, I never went there!

Have an Açaí

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Açai is a palm tree that produces black-purple berries, which are mainly produced in the States of Amazônia and Pará. In the past years açai has become very famous in the country, and in Fortaleza is very popular to go have some with friends, or before and after doing sports. It is served cold and its consistency resembles a smoothie, it is very caloric and can be eaten pure, or with fruit and cereals. Some people love it, others hate it. I love it. If you are ever around, give it a try!

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Hang out at Dragão do Mar

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Dragão do Mar (Dragon of the Sea) is a cultural center, with plenty of things to do such as eating and drinking at one of its bars/restaurants, having a coffee, watching Brazilian movies, concerts, visiting the planetarium and much more. I highly recommend stopping by in the late afternoon for a coffee, or at night for an awesome pizza with beer. Two of the most famous venues are Amici’s (for pizza) and Chop do Bexiga (for a beer)!

Go dance at Órbita Bar

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Right across Dragão do Mar there is one of the most popular places for those who enjoy nightlife, the Órbita Bar. They have live bands, pool tables and awesome drinks. It is famous not only among tourists, but also among the locals. The line can be long, especially on Sunday nights (the most popular day to go), but it is a fun place to meet up with friends, dance and have a caipirinha.

 Take a boat ride

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

If you want to do something distinctive in Fortaleza and see the city from a different perspective, enjoy a boat ride departing from Beira-Mar! The ride lasts 2 hours and it costs around R$ 50.00 (15) per person, and you still have a little time to take a swim!

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.

Cool yourself with an ice cream

With all the sun and warm temperatures that you will experience in Fortaleza, nothing better than cool down your body with an ice cream. Of course, you can do that everywhere, but what you probably don’t know is that the ice cream business in Fortaleza has grown so much, that the creativity has grown alongside. Take this one for example: a warm brownie around the cup and 2 balls of ice cream of your choice in the middle, plus some crumbs of your choice.



Options are endless around the city, and I got to try Magus (the one from the photo above) and San Paolo, which is well known for the variety of peculiar flavours. There is also a traditional one called 50 sabores (50 flavours) where you really find 50 different flavours, if not more! Hard to resist!

Gelateria San Paolo

Gelateria San Paolo

50 Sabores

50 Sabores

Enjoy the beaches!

Things to do in Fortaleza, Brazil. By Packing my Suitcase.Oh well, what kind of person would I be if I didn’t tell you to enjoy the beaches? Another must! But I am sure I didn’t even have to mention this one right? Fortaleza is well known in Brazil for its beaches.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • How do you not DIE when you ride that insane slide? Just the picture just gave me vertigo!

    • hahahaa good question!!! I have never been there because I dont believe I will come out alive if I go there!! Can you believe that it takes 5 seconds to drop all the 41m?

  • Hmmm Brazilian crab sounds lovely ! 😀

  • Great suggestions! Would love to eat crab on the beach . . . but not so sure about riding the ride you showed us at Beach Park. Yikes!!!

    • Thank you 😀
      Crab is awesome!! I hope you try it someday!
      And for me this water slide also is a no-no hahaha. Its name really says it all! 😀

  • What a lovely post !
    I have not been to Brazil but this list certainly hits many of my interest points .. Would be an amazing. Experience !! And I too am scared of heights, so the giant crazy slides will be a pass for me too

    • Thank you dear 😀 happy that you liked it!
      I hope you do get to visit Brazil sometime, there is so much to do and see there.
      Ohh dont worry, you dont have to go to the crazy slide, I never did and never will hahahaha it is simply free falling… uhh no, thanks!

      • I went on one crazy water slide parks in Florida few years back, started crying as soon as I came down ! I was a mess

        • hahahahaha poor you!! You are very brave for at least trying… I gave up trying since once I also cried pretty bad at Disneyland in California hahahaha

  • Sha

    Everything looks good! These are all the kind of things that I like doing when I travel, not to forget the beach and the food…

    • hahahaha the name says it all! I am not that insane to go there either!!
      Food + Beach = Sha and Allane happy 😀

  • Mmm YUM, that acai and ice cream look so good!

  • I will do ALL of this when I finally get to visit Fortaleza. Sounds like an amazing city! Hope it will not be too long until I will visit! 🙂

    • Enjoy while you are still in South America to go 😀 Im sure you would have lots of fun there!

  • So many things to do here. I don’t know where to start if I visit

    • hahaha yes, there is a lot to do there!!
      Our crab is salty, not spicy… very well cooked and we eat with our hands, breaking it into pieces. Some places like to serve it with a coconut sauce.. I like it too 😀
      Hmmm I knew you would mention the pizza hahaha

      • Good that is not spicy. Because I do not like spicy, so I will feel very happy there 😀 With coconut sauce? That is amazing because I looooove coconut! And pizza too. You and I will make good eating buddies!

        • hahahaha I think you would love Brazilian food then!! I think you are right, we will make good eating buddies 😀

  • What a colourful town – great photos!

  • Awesome photos, that theater is seriously gorgeous! 😀 The brownie with ice cream sounds heavenly, I can’t wait for it to get warmer so I can enjoy ice cream every day, haha.

    • Thank you Vlad 😀 ahhaah yesss me too!! Well, I have to confess that I am already having ice cream these last days… but its way better when is warmer 😀 I hope all is fine with you!!

  • What a great childhood! Lucky you! 🙂

  • So beautiful and colorful! LOVE that theater….and the waterside looks so scary!

    • The theater is very beautiful isnt it? It was my first time there after living so many years there hahaha.
      Yes, the waterslide is very scary 🙁

  • Just wow! Love it! You had me at eat crab at the beach though. I love see food! Your hometown is extraordinary really 🙂

    • hahahaha happy that you like it!! Yes, Fortaleza is pretty cool, there are some cool thing to do there… eating crab on the beach is one of my favourites 😀

  • I am sure I will be definitely spoilt of the choices that you have suggested if I visit Fortaleza. After one walks though the lovely beaches and scans through the museum, and go for a boat ride in the day…the awesome crabs to delicious ice cream, it is sheer temptation one just cannot resist. With such an exciting night life, the day could just be the beginning and I don’t know how to end night and start the day again with so much of choices at disposal…50 sabres ice cream, the picture is so real and so tempting, I decided to go out and have a similar scoop…

    Just loved it…
    Happy Travelling!!!
    Have a great day ahead…

    • Awnnnn thank you Nihar!!
      There are really many options in Fortaleza… the best part in the end for me are always the beaches… and the food 😀
      hahaha happy that I inspired you to have some ice cream… I hope it was delicious!

      You too have a great day (which I think is already at the end right? so have a great Friday :D)

  • Do you have special Acai recipe from Brazil? It looks so healthy and original!! Great tips Allane!

    • There is no special recipe, the secret is actutally having the frozen açai, then all you have to do is put it in a mixer and make kind of a smoothie. Then you can eat with fruits or cereals 😀 I have never done it at home… especially because here in Europe is very hard to find frozen açai, they sell mostly the powder one, and it is not good.
      I found a place here in Munich that makes açai 😀 I am willing to try soon and see how it is! Have you ever tried it?

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  • Hi dear Amanda 😀
    I hope you do go to Brazil sometime!!! 😀

    Thank you, I am happy that you liked the new look!! The person from the illustrations is Anna, from PINODEK, you can visit her blog: pinodesk.net or visit her Etsy store 😀 she is a lovely talented person!!

  • Phoebe Thomas

    You do make great lists Allane! I love the idea of the boat trip and hanging out at Drago do Mar, it looks lovely. I can’t believe all the highrise on the beach, it’s so different from Europe!

    • Thank you dear 😀
      Yes, the beaches are very different there… the best thing is that they are always warm, even when its raining 😀

  • hahaha it’s crazy isn’t ? I never had the courage to go there hahaha

  • haha yess, if you are brave enough to go it supposed to be awesome. I am too afraid of height 😀

  • Muito legal esse ideia não? 😀
    I think so too, it should be the same everywhere haha it’s so much fun and on top of all: delicious!
    Are you guys coming back to Europe? How awesome 😀

  • hahahaha it’s pretty high, I will never go there 😀

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    How often do you go home? You must be missing it especially in the middle of winter in Germany! #MondayEscapes

    • Once a year I go home 😀
      With exception of this year as there are too many weddings to go hahaha… I went in January and will be going again next month 😀

  • hahaha yes! I think your kids would love to spend some time there… I used to go a lot as a kid 😀

  • hahaha yes same here, too afraid of heights!!
    Crabs are awesome, I love them too 😀

  • Thank you! Happy to know that 😀

  • hahaha good question! I never understood myself why Sunday night became a popular day there! 😀

  • Thank you Lisa!!
    I hope you do visit Brazil again 😀
    Nowadays is very expensive because of the inflation, but I hope this will change someday 😀

  • hahaha yess! Brazilian towns are huge!!! Fortaleza is the 4th largest city in the country 😀
    There is a lot do to there, but of course the food and the beaches are the best 😉

  • Thank you Sally!!
    I will try to post more about Brazil here 😀

  • Ohh really?? How amazing!! I can only tell you that it is an unforgettable trip, the coast is amazing!
    hahaha don’t worry, I am also very afraid of those slides things, this water park also has a few less crazy rides 😀

  • I hope you get to visit it someday 😀 there is a looot to see and do in the country 😀

  • I know right? Someone has the idea of making Thursday a crab’s day hahaha 😀

  • hahaha yes, the ride is literally insane, I will never have the courage to go there 😀

  • Thank you dear 😀
    hahaha same here!! Once when I was still a kid I climbed the stairs until up there to take a look. I will never forget how scary it looked… nooo way! 😀

  • Really?? You are a brave woman!!! I would like to see that 😀

  • I am sure they would Natalie. As a kid I spent lots of time there and had lots of fun 😀
    The Insano is also not for me hahahaha

    Happy to know that you have been enjoying my posts about Brazil 😀 I promise to post some more about my country!

  • hahaha something tells me you would love to go there 😀

  • beatravelling.com

    Brazil haven’t been on my bucket list, but this looks very nice 🙂

    • I hope you visit it someday, there is a lot to see in Brazil, it’s like having different countries in one 😀

  • Thank you 😀
    I hope you get to visit Brazil someday, it’s a beautiful country and with lots of things to do and see!