The Northeast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Beach Park Acqua Center

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Just 30 minutes from downtown on the idyllic Porto das Dunas Beach is this enormous water park. A 14-story-high waterslide dumps you...

Canoa Quebrada

  • Beach–Sight

Hidden behind dunes, the stunning Canoa Quebrada Beach was "discovered" in the 1970s by French doctors working in the area. The spectacular...

Catedral Metropolitana

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Inspired by the famous cathedral in Cologne, the Catedral Metropolitana was built between 1937 and 1963 and has a dominant Gothic look.

Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

  • Museum/Gallery

Not far from the Mercado Central, this majestic cultural complex is an eccentric mix of curves, straight lines, and angular and flat...

Centro de Turismo

  • Information Center

Originally a prison, this building was structurally changed in 1850 along simple, classical lines. It's now the home of the state tourism...


  • Beach–Sight

The ocean is always calm at this beach, which is surrounded by coconut trees, lagoons, and sand dunes. During low tide the reefs surface,...

Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção

  • Military Site

Built by the Dutch in 1649, this fort was originally baptized Forte Schoonemborch. In 1655 it was seized by the Portuguese and renamed...


  • Beach–Sight

Surrounded by white-sand dunes, this laid-back beach in the nearby village of Aquiraz has calm and clean water. There are both fishermen...

Mercado Central

  • Market/Bazaar

With four floors and more than 600 stores, this central market stocks a varied selection of northeastern handicrafts and local products,...

Museu da Cachaça

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An interesting day-trip from Fortaleza, this museum offers tours of a cachaça plant, where you learn about the history of how the sugarcane...