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Fortaleza World Cup Accommodation

Fortaleza – Portuguese for 'fortress' – is a venerable city whose origins stretch back to the 17th century. It was during this period that Dutch settlers built the impressive Schoonenborch Fort. Today, Fortaleza is better known for its beaches, thanks to 34 kilometres of golden sands that have turned the city into a booming tourist hotspot. The World Cup kicks off here on 14th June with Uruguay v Costa Rica. Then, on 17th June, a South American affair sees hosts Brazil take on Mexico. Germany v Ghana takes place on 21st June followed by Greece v Ivory Coast on 24th. The winner of group B faces up to the group A runner-up on 29th, while there’s a quarter final tie scheduled for 4th July.

World cup accommodation in Fortaleza consists of beachside apartments, most of which come with air-conditioning and wifi; there’s also a selection of sprawling beachfront houses that can sleep up to 14. Apartments can be found on Iracema Beach and Porto das Dunas Beach; there are also chalets available within exclusive gated communities.

Things to Do in Fortaleza

The beaches along the Ceara coastline are world famous for their natural beauty. Some of the best are Jericoacoara and Canoa Quebrada beaches which offer sun loungers and umbrellas which line the golden sands. Swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing and a host of other watersports can all be enjoyed along these lovely beaches. The best beach for swimming and surfing is the Praia do Futuro as it does not have a reef close to shore. It is lined by barracas or rustic restaurants which provide beach equipment, refreshments and in some cases live entertainment and music too. Shopping for handicrafts from your Fortaleza holiday rental is a popular pastime in the many handicraft markets around the city. The Public Market and the Beira-Mar or Beach Fair are the best places for browsing and offer the lowest prices. Watch the street performers in the Praca José de Alencar.

Places to Visit in Fortaleza

The magnificent Fortaleza Cathedral is the third largest church in Brazil. building only started in 1939 and the Cathedral was completed in 1978. It holds 5,000 people. The Cathedral is just a short walk from another impressive sight – the Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao with its original cannons peeping over the thick walls. Built in 1649 it is still occupied by the army but visitors can tour a small part of the fort and visit the museum which is dedicated to General Antonio de Sampaio. One of the most traditional sights to visit from your Fortaleza holiday rental is the Old Iracema Statue based on the main character of a novel by Brazilian writer José de Alencar. The New Iracema Statue is made of metal and is exhibited on Iracema Beach. Other attractions in Fortaleza include the Contemporary Art Museum in the old prison and the Planetarium.  

Weather in Fortaleza

The weather in Fortaleza is warm and sunny all year round with temperatures ranging from 84°F (29°C) to 89°F (32°C) throughout the year. Northeast Brazil has a dry season from August to January, although the showers are unlikely to spoil your stay in a Fortaleza holiday rental at any time of year.

Travel to Fortaleza

Visitors to Fortaleza, Brazil can fly direct into the Pinto Martins International (FOR) Airport at Fortaleza which is just 15 minutes drive from Downtown. Buses connect this modern airport with the city and taxis are available to transport visitors to their Fortaleza holiday rentals safely and easily.

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