World Cup Brazil 2014: Fortaleza

Fortaleza (“Fortress”, in Portuguese) is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. The Northeast of Brazil is famous for their beaches, attracting tourists from the entire country and from all over the World; besides Fortaleza,FIFA chose three other cities in the Northeast to host matches of the World Cup 2014: Natal, Recife and Salvador.

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Fortaleza has the additional advantage of being the city nearest Europe and North America, and with a good number of direct flights. Many Europeans (particularly Portuguese, Italians and Spaniards) have a second residence in Fortaleza and neighbourhood.

In Fortaleza, matches of the Cup will take place at the stadium Castelão, which is being refurbished. This is going to be one of the biggest stadium of the Cup (about 60,000 seats), and there is a good chance that it will stage important matches of the final rounds.

With a population of over 2.5 million (metropolitan region over 3.4 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil. It has an area of 313 square kilometres (121 sq mi) and one of the highest demographic densities in the country(8,001 per km²).

Beira-mar Avenue, lined with kiosks and restaurants, is a favorite amongst tourists; at the handcraft fair (the feirinha), many stands show embroidery and leather work, as well as jewelry and regional food or artisinal cachaça.

Of the urban beaches in Fortaleza, Praia do Futuro is the most frequented and is characterized by restaurants along the beach, each one with its own musical style and decoration.

Dragão do Mar Art and Culture Center holds the Cearense Culture Memorial, the Contemporary Art Museum and Rubens de Azevedo Planetarium, as well as movies and theaters. Besides this, many old warehouses were refurbished and became bars and restaurants surrounding the central area of town. There are cuisine and show options in the evening. It is most certainly one of the trendiest places to be seen.

Nightlife includes bars, nightclubs and restaurants; restaurants in Fortaleza are particularly known by comedy shows that have introduced nationally famous artists.

During the off-season carnival, Fortal, in July, hords of partiers come to Fortaleza; the city also stages music festivals in Brazil, such as Ceará Music. This yearly event includes local artists and international pop rock stars for 3 days. Around 25 thousand people enjoy the fun and several concerts, electronic music tents, and fashion shows.

The Pinto Martins International Airport connects Fortaleza with major Brazilian cities and also operates international flights. The city is home to the Federal University of Ceará.

Information in Portuguese: Ferias em Fortaleza.

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