To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the municipalities of Pacatuba, Eusébio, Maracanaú and Itaitinga; to the east is the municipality ofAquiraz and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west is the municipality of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife andSalvador.
When you arrive to the city the contact person will pick you up at the airport and take you home.
In the city:
- The best way to travel is by bus.
- If you wanna travel outside the city the bus or a hired car would be good.
- You also may take taxis or ubers, but they are a little bit expensive depending on how far from the medical school you are.
- History Train and Step-by-Step History are two free tours offered on alternating Saturdays in the city centre. Show up at Banco do Nordeste, Rua Floriano Peixoto 941, at 1:15 PM. Both last about 3 hours. Basic Portuguese is a must.
- Praça do Ferreira is the main city square, with stores, restaurants, a movie theater and plenty of benches.
- Praça José de Alencar has plenty of greenery and is the place to catch the city's best street performers.
- Theatro José de Alencar on the south side of the above square. The architectural landmark of the city, finished in 1912, has performances almost every evening. Visits every hour on the hour, except noon. R$ 4, 30 minutes.
- The Dragão do Mar culture center, opened in 1999, has an art museum, a library, a cinema and surrounding nightlife.
- Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular, Rua Senador Pompeu 350, centre. Located in an old prison, now the Centro de Turismo, along with a handicraft market and a tourist information. Displays many fine examples of folk art as well as boats and other cultural relics.
- The sunset, either from Ponte Metalica, Praia Iracema, Tempero do Mangue or Colosso, it´s a must see in your town.
- Parque Ecologico do Cocó, the city's largest green area, near the Iguatemi-mall, where you can enjoy a nice walk in the woods.
- Cathedral, city centre. The closer you get, the worse it looks, with a parking lot and all. But it still has nice mosaics. French architect George Mounier allegedly was inspired by the Cologne cathedral. Note the 40 year span between the initial works and the inaugural mass, above the main entrance.
- Museu do Ceará, Rua Sao Paulo 51, one block north of Pr. do Ferreira, centre. In a late 19th-century seat of state government. Explains the history of the state of Ceará and its capital. Free entry.