Fortaleza city is popular with Brazilian and foreign tourists largely due to its sunny climate and 25 kilometres of beaches. Recreation is not limited to the coast, with Coca Park one of the largest urban parks in Latin America. It’s a cosmopolitan city with a wide choice of restaurants and lively nightlife. Its history can be traced back as far as 1500, and includes Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese influences. Several museums chart different aspects of the city and region’s history, and the centre has a collection of colonial buildings.
Fortaleza has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging the mid to late 20s C year round. The sea temperature is constant all year, at about 27C. The rainy season extends from February to May, with the peak rainfall in March and April. There is very little rain between June and January. Winds tend to be stronger from August to November, better months for wind and kitesurfing.
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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.