Learn more about Fortaleza

Fortaleza is located in northeastern Brazil; it is the state capital of Ceará, and the fifth-largest city in the country. The word “Fortaleza” is Portuguese for “fortress”; the city’s name is a reference to the fact that it was the site of a fortress, originally constructed in the early 17th century. Today, Fortaleza enjoys a reputation as one of Brazil’s top tourist destinations, due in no small part to its fantastic beaches (Iracema, Meireles, Mucuripe and Praia do Futuro).

Hotel Diogo is located in the vibrant Meireles neighborhood, perched on the brilliant beach of the same name. As a guest at our hotel, you are perfectly placed to enjoy the best of Fortaleza; stroll the promenade at Avenida Beira-Mar, browse handicrafts at the Central Market, experience the nightlife near the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture, marvel at the unique architecture of the Theatro José de Alencar, or simply stake a spot on the beach and soak up the sun.

Beira Mar Boardwalk and Handicraft Market

Built in 1960 and stretching three kilometers, Avenida Beira-Mar is the city’s most popular meeting spot for tourists and locals alike. It offers a craft fair, sports courts, a boardwalk for strolling, viewpoints from which to admire the sea, restaurants, and bars. The Boardwalk recently incorporated a Japanese Garden, and contains many spots in which to indulge in an iced coconut – a Brazilian specialty.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza

Located roughly 1300 meters from the hotel, this city center landmark was dedicated in 1978 and is one of Fortaleza’s top tourist destinations. It features a Gothic façade and is famed for its stained glass windows. When it’s lit up at night, the cathedral is ethereally beautiful.

10th Military Region of Fortaleza

This attraction is also located in the city center, also known as Fort Nossa Senhora da Assunção.

Theatro José de Alencar

The iron structure of this city center building, which is about 1700 meters from the hotel, was transported from England to Brazil in the eighteenth century. Many excellent performances and cultural gatherings are hosted here.

Central Market

Around 1200 meters from the hotel, the Central Market is Fortaleza’s main handicraft shopping center. You can find everything here from handmade crafts to candy, nuts, and northeastern delicacies.

Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture

Another iconic Fortaleza tourist attraction, the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture offers restaurants, bars, a cultural arts center, permanent exhibits, a planetarium, a theater, and cinemas. Be sure to spend time admiring the mosaic by Ademir Martins, a famous painter and native of Ceará.

Museum of Folk Art and Culture

Located in the Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture, the Museum of Ceará Culture is an ethnographic museum that promotes the diffusion of the state of Ceará’s cultural heritage through research, and preservation. The goal of the Museum is to encourage socio-cultural development and its exhibits always display interesting sociological themes.

Praça dos Mártires (Martyrs' Square)

This was the village’s first square and is also known as the Passeio Público. Urbanized initially in 1864, the square underwent changes in1939, but currently exists in its original format, with the beautiful iron railings that first surrounded it. The name “Martyrs’ Square is a tribute to fallen heroes from the Republic of Ecuador movement.

Local Beaches

With 40 kilometers of waterfront, Fortaleza has some wonderful beaches to visit. Iracema, Meireles and Mucuripe and beautiful and urban (Meireles in particular is where most of the city’s hotels are located); Iracema offers breathtaking sunsets; and Mucuripe features views of white-sailed rafts drifting across the sea. Travel 8 kilometers from the hotel zone and take a dip in the water at the Praia do Futuro – it’s the capital’s busiest beach, punctuated by lively market stalls.