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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Fortaleza

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Fortaleza each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

February: Carnival (local event)

Fortaleza's carnival is among the most famous in the Nordeste, even though it is not as old as Olinda's and Salvador de Bahia's. For two days, parades take place all over town and gather several thousands of people.

May 22: Corpus Christi (national holiday)

This springtime commemoration of the Holy Eucharist was introduced by the Portuguese. This is an all-day affair in Fortaleza, with processions of children dressed in white, streets covered in sawdust and the creation of multicoloured rugs.

September 7: Independence Day (national holiday)

Brazil's independence in 1822 is celebrated in Fortaleza with concerts and shows, street parties, dances and a fireworks display late in the evening.

November 2: All Souls' Day (Dia de Finados, national holiday)

On this day, families gather to pay tribute to the departed and decorate their tombs at the cemetery.

December 2: National Samba Day - celebrated nationwide -

This day celebrating Brazil's most popular dance form also marks the official start of the summer holidays. As in other cities across the country, it is celebrated in Fortaleza with numerous samba performances, concerts and revellers dancing in the streets.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Fortaleza

Climate in Fortaleza is rather constant. The temperature range is small and close to 27°C (80°F) all year long. Water temperature also remains steady with an average 25°C (77°F). October to January are the hottest months (31°C/88°F on average). It is however recommended to avoid Fortaleza between March and May, when the rainy season is at its maximum.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 25/77 31/88 75/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
February 23/73 30/86 101/3.9 Good period to go Good period to go
March 24/75 30/86 177/6.9 Not the best period to go
April 23/73 30/86 217/8.5 Not the best period to go
May 23/73 29/84 125/4.9 Not the best period to go
June 22/72 30/86 101/3.9 Good period to go Good period to go
July 22/72 30/86 52/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
August 23/73 29/84 29/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
September 23/73 29/84 18/0.7 Good period to go Good period to go
October 25/77 31/88 15/0.6 Good period to go Good period to go
November 24/75 31/88 9/0.3 Good period to go Good period to go
December 25/77 31/88 20/0.8 Good period to go Good period to go
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Fortaleza Pinto Martins International Airport

The Fortaleza Pinto Martins International Airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Fortaleza and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via road BR 116 or Avenida Senador Carlos Jereissati. About 20 to 30 minutes of travel time in each case.
    • A parking facility with 1,000 places is available.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in front of the terminal.
  • By bus The Guanabara Top buses, equipped with AC, take you to Fortaleza's city centre, as well as bus lines 404, 66 and 27. One departure every 30 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. About BRL 6.60 for a one way ticket and 40 minutes of travel time.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are located in front of arrivals. They connect the airport to the city centre for BRL 33 to 52 and 20 to 30 minutes of travel time.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +55 (0)85 3392 1200
  • Website: fortaleza-airport.com.br/en

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GETTING AROUND Fortaleza

The Fortaleza metropolis is very spread out. However, the public transportation network is dense and efficient.

By rail

Known as Metrofor, Fortaleza's subway system is, as of now, comprised of two lines: the Linha Sul goes from the centre (Central-Chico da Silva station) to the south (Carlito Benevides Station), and the Linha Oeste connects the centre to the western part of the city (Caucaia Station).
There is a plan to extend the network, but none of the two lines connect highly touristic places so far. The one-way fare for all destinations is BRL 1.

By bus

The city is well connected by a large network of buses, stopping in all neighbourhoods and most emblematic places. One-way ticket is BRL 2.40 (BRL 1.80 on Sunday and holidays).

By taxis

Taxis are plentiful in Fortaleza and equipped with meters. Expect a BRL 17 fare for a 5-minute ride downtown.

By bike

A self-service bike system is available through town. It is free for 30 minutes (90 minutes on Sunday). Beyond, it costs BRL 5 per day. You have to sign up online beforehand to enjoy the service: www.bicicletar.com.br.

By car

Car traffic is dense and often chaotic, limited by numerous construction sites. Thankfully, the streets are rather wide.
Renting a car may however be useful to visit the surroundings, from Canoa Quebrada to Jericoacoara

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Fortaleza, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Casa do turista

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Setur – Secretaria de Turismo

The branches of the Ceará State tourism information centre provide a wealth of information on Fortaleza.

  • Address: Rua Senador Pompeu 350, Centro de turismo, Fortaleza - CE, 60025-000
  • Telephone: +55 (0)85 3101 5508
  • Website: www.ceara.gov.br

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Brazil is the Real (BRL).

1 € = 4,35 R$

1 R$ = 0,23 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. Fortaleza counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home.

Vaccinations

Brazilian authorities now require proof of vaccination against yellow fever for travellers arriving from the following countries: French Guiana, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The original of the vaccination certificate must be presented. Obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio is mandatory. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is not safe to drink. It is recommended to drink sealed bottled water instead.

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Administrative formalities

As a French citizen, you do not need to obtain a visa if you will be visiting Brazil for less than 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry and you must be in possession of an onward or return ticket.
If you hold dual Brazilian and French citizenship, you will be subject to Brazilian law from the moment you enter Brazil and until your departure. For this reason, if you are a dual national, you will need to present your Brazilian passport to enter and leave Brazil.
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Fortaleza and Brazil, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations. Comprehensive information that may be helpful for international visitors is also provided on the Brazil page of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website:
view information for travellers to Brazil

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Useful addresses

Brazilian Embassy in France

French Embassy in Brazil

  • Address: SES – Avenida das Nações – Lote 04 – Quadra 801 CEP 70404900 Brasilia – DF
  • Telephone: +55 61 3222 3999
  • Website:
    http://www.ambafrance-br.org

Brazilian Consulate General in France

French Consulate General in Fortaleza

  • Address: Rua João Cordeiro, 831 Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza - CE, 60110-300
  • Telephone: +55 (0)85 3226 3470

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Brazilian Portuguese phrases that will make your stay in Fortaleza a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon)

Good evening: Boa noite

Goodbye: Adeus

Yes: Sim

No: Não

No, thank you: Não, obrigado(a)

Thank you very much: Muito obrigado(a)

Please: Por favor / desculpe

I don't understand: Eu não entendo

Could you repeat ?: Você pode repetir

What time is it ?: Que horas são ?

Sorry: Com licença
Excuse me:

Airport: Aeroporto

Train station: Estação

Taxi: Táxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone: Telefone

I'm (…): Eu sou (…)

I'm looking for (…): Eu procuro (…)

How much is (…)?: Quanto custa (…)?

Do you have (…)?: Você tem (…)?

Where can I find (…)?: Onde é que há (…)?

Where can I buy (…)?: Onde posso comprar (…)?

I'd like (…): Queria (…)

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Good to know

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of time difference with
Paris
There is no daylight savings in Fortaleza.

BANKS
Usually open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
127/220 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
in Fortaleza as in the rest of Brazil, a 10% service charge is included in the bill at bars and restaurants. However, it is customary to leave a little extra tip if you are particularly pleased with the service.

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