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Fortaleza Sure to be a Favorite with Seafood Lovers During World Cup

05/21/2014 - 09h35

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MARIANA BOMFIM
REPORTS FOR FOLHA

See below the main attractions of Fortaleza, one of the twelve host cities for the World Cup.

As opening times may vary on match days, it's worth ringing ahead before deciding on an itinerary.

There are also details listed for hotels with vacancies during the month of the tournament (from June 12 to July 13).

Some are already fully booked on certain days, so don't leave your reservation until the last minute. FIFA's website has some accommodation options.

1. Praia do Futuro
A 25km long stretch of soft sand, this is the city's best beach for bathing. Stalls sell typical snacks of the region, such as crab and seafood.

2. Feirinha da Beira-Mar
There are around 600 stalls along the seafront. They sell bijouterie, T-shirts, bikinis, towels and surfboards.
Av. Beira Mar, Meireles, www.feirinhabeiramar.com.br. Daily, from 5pm to 11pm. Closed on the first day of every month.

3. Centro das Tapioqueiras
The 26 stalls here all sell the same thing: tapioca crepes. The fillings vary, from dried meat with cheese to bacon and seafood.
Av. Washington Soares, 10,215, tel. (85) 3274-7565, Messejana. Daily, from 5:30am to 12am.

4. Beach Park
There is a waterpark, four resort complexes and the Porto das Dunas beach at Aquiraz (16km from Fortaleza). There is fun for the family, such as a swimming pool with waves and a 41m high waterslide.
R. Porto das Dunas, 2,734, Porto das Dunas (Aquiraz), www.beachpark.com.br. Daily, from 11am to 5pm. Entry is US $72 for children and US $77 for adults.

5. Ponte dos Ingleses
Also called the "Ponte Metálica", it became known as "Ponte dos Ingleses" in homage to the English engineers who built it at the beginning of the 20th century. It reopened in 2012 after nearly a year of reformation work. Best visited at sunset.
Praia de Iracema, near the Rua dos Tabajaras, tel. (85) 3105-1514

6. Restaurante Vojnilô
Specializing in fish and seafood, one of the most popular dishes is the selection of fish for two, with lobster and prawns, for US $80.
R. Frederico Borges, 409, Varjota, tel. (85) 3267-3081. Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 12am. Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm.

7. Mercado Central
The building home to Fortaleza's Central Market dates back to 1814. Today you can buy cachaça (a strong spirit made from sugarcane), sweets, leather products and other traditional souvenirs from Brazil's northeast region.
Av. Alberto Nepomuceno, 199, centro, www.mercadocentraldefortaleza.com.br. Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm. Saturday, from 8pm to 5pm. Sunday, from 8am to 12pm.

8. Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura
This cultural center has a number of attractions, such as exhibitions of local culture and contemporary art, a theater and a planetarium. During the World Cup, it will pay tribute to the cultures of all the countries due to play in the Arena Castelão in the first round.
R. Dragão do Mar, 81, praia de Iracema, www.dragaodomar.org.br. Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30am to 9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, from 2:30pm to 9:30pm. Cinema tickets cost US $5.40. Access to the other spaces is free.

Where to Stay
Price per couple, breakfast included

Villa Mayor: US $111
(11) 5041-3962; site

Othon Palace Fortaleza: US $167
0800-7250505; site

Carmel Magna Praia: US $221
(11) 4872-5201; site

Praia Centro Hotel: US $309 (per person, without breakfast)
(11) 3231- 9000; site

The information on this page was last checked on April 22. Some of the hotels do not have vacancies for every day of the tournament; there are also additional costs to the price of the room.

Translated by TOM GATEHOUSE

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