Fortaleza is one of Brazil’s major cities with a colorful harbor area and a colonial history dating back to 1612. It has developed around the ancient fortress of Our Lady of Assumption. There’s much to enjoy in its old center, where visitors can bargain in the market for embroidery, lace and other local handicrafts. In recent times, the city has made attempts to expand the tourist trade and to encourage the construction of luxury hotels along the city’s fine beaches.

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