Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in north east Brazil. The city name ‘Fortaleza’ means ‘fortress’ and old ramparts still remain in this city that was conquered and built by Portuguese settlers.

Lovely beaches and many attractions for kids

Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in north east Brazil. The city name ‘Fortaleza’ means ‘fortress’ and old ramparts still remain in this city that was conquered and built by Portuguese settlers.

Leave your luxury MSC cruise ship and have fun deciding how to spend your day away from the ship.

There are many lovely beaches along Fortaleza’s stretch of coast including Praia do Futuro (Futuro beach), Meireles, Iracema or Mucuripe Beach which is home to the lighthouse museum. All are easily accessible from the city.

If you’re in the mood for a spot of shopping and looking for authentic holiday souvenirs, head to the Mercado Centrale (Central Market), a local crafts centre with stands displaying embroidery and leatherwork, as well as jewellery and regional food.

Culture buffs and families alike will enjoy the ‘Dragão do Mar’ (Dragon of the Sea) Arts and Cultural Center located near Iracema beach and home to many attractions including the Museum of Art, the Planetarium, and the Memorial Cearense of Culture.

However, if your children are looking for more high-energy activities, there is no better place than the Beach Park, Brazil’s largest aqua park with activities for all ages including water slides and wave pools.

Whether you choose to spend your time exploring the city or decide to join us on an excursion package further afield, take advantage of the great deals on Fortaleza attractions and make the most of your time at this great South American cruise vacation destination.

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Ship docks in the commercial port of Fortaleza. Taxis are available at the entrance of the port.

Port average temperature

Fortaleza has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with high temperatures and high relative humidity throughout the year. However, these conditions are usually relieved by pleasant winds blowing from the ocean. Average temperatures are not much different throughout the year. December and January are the warmest months, with a high of 31°C and low of 25°C. Rainy season goes from February to. With average annual temperature of 27°C. The relative humidity in the air in Fortaleza is 77% with average annual rainfall of 1,378.3 millimeters.

Generally, Fortaleza is characterized by its hotness. The city is a very hot one, making it appropriate for tanning sessions at the beach. The breeze during hot days is refreshing because wind speed in the city is generally typical of sea-side cities. The wind direction is from the sea towards the land, or from west towards east. This wind direction accompanied by ideal wind speed makes different wind activities like surfing and kite flying ideal activities in Fortaleza.

Fortaleza weather is unique in that there is usually rain during the first six months of the year, or from January to June. Expect that during this period, relative humidity is high, making Fortaleza climate extremely uncomfortable during several periods of the day. Fortaleza climate is usually very dry like summer during the months of August to December, when it is winter in other parts of the world, especially those in the northern hemisphere.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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