Very few people can mention Fortaleza as one of the biggest Brazilian cities. With 2.5 million people it's the fifth most populated city in Brazil and is located in north-eastern corner of the country in small state of Ceará.
The Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish sailors who visited the city in its past history as well as the Afro-Brazilian community have left something interesting to see. The Brazilians perfectly mixed up all these ingredients. As a result, there's always something in the city that attracts a visitor's eye.
Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, very traditional centres of Brazilian art, are sometimes too busy to admire their rich art samples collected in their galleries and musea whereas Fortaleza, with its laid back atmosphere, gives a lot of chances to stop for a moment and smell the roses.
Colourful houses of Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Ceará, Brazil.
First glimpse of the city, as taken from its airport decorated with contemporary paintings, tells a short story of what can be found next, on its streets. The centre of the city has very colourful houses built in Portuguese style at Dragão do Mar. Nearby located Rubens de Azevedo Planetarium of Centro de Arte e Cultura of Fortaleza invites visitors with colourful sculptures in folk style.
Folk sculptures in front of Centro de Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
People on the streets look no better than inspired by ever present artistic atmosphere; its products go to the Night Market that stretches along two city's beaches: Praia de Meireles and Praia de Iracema and starts at 6 PM and remains open until late night hours.
Street artist having a nap at Rua dos Tabajaras, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
Very close to the Night Market, there's a hotels and restaurants zone that offers very well cooked food and drinks for crowds of visitors. If not a food experience of some 20 ways of beef made in churrascaria, then fresh made fish from the latest catch directly on the beach can be an artistic flavour of its own.
Picturesque houses at Rua dos Tabajaras, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
A few blocks off the centre of the city there's a place for the Catedral de Fortaleza, an immense building of modern architecture decorated with nice marble. Inside of it there are modern stained glass windows that can be admired while having a break from always hot weather of the city located a few degrees south of the Equator. Nearby there's the Teatro Jose de Alencar, named after one of the country's famous novelist.
Polished marble of Catedral de Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil offers relief from hot weather and possibility to see modern stained glass windows.
Close to the Christmas season, there are countless art performances and events on the city market where both adults and schoolchildren take part. Some of them have their roots in rich Afro-Brazilian traditions and culture. Here are the pictures showing more artistic flavours of Fortaleza.