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Fortaleza is one of the largest cities in Brazil and certainly one of the most vibrant. In Brazil, Fortaleza is also known for its crop of comedians and the forró music and dance, all gaining popularity countrywide.

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.

There are two nice city beaches, Praia de Iracema and Meireles. Some people discourage bathing here, although they are mostly rated green by authorities. The whole stretch from the Ponte Metálica (aka Ponte Inglesa) pier to the fish market is paralleled by the Avenida Beira Mar, very nice for an evening stroll. The most attractive urban beach is Praia do Futuro, about 5 km from Meireles. At the very end of Praia do Futuro its name changes to Caça e Pesca. Freshwater swimming in a strong current where the river Cocò meets the ocean.

Some local festivals to enjoy include the Ceará Music which has Brazilian rock, pop and techno during three days in October by the hotel Marina Park and Fortal. Fortaleza´s Salvador-style out-of-season carnival kicks off in a purpose-built area near Praia do Futuro.

The state of Ceará has a large textile industry, and arguably the cheapest clothing in Brazil. Also the capital of hammocks, the best place to buy is the range of small shops opposite the cathedral, city centre. There are handicraft shops all around the city, but the best places to go are the Feirinha da Beira Mar and the Mercado Central. These places have a large number of stalls and shops, and competition drives prices down.

The best concentration of restaurants in town is found in the Varjota neighbourhood, especially along Rua Fredrico Borges and its side streets, starting some five blocks inland from Beira Mar. Thursday is crab day in Fortaleza, especially in the many shacks at Praia do Futuro.

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