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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza is the third largest cathedral in Brazil. It was nearly took 40 years to complete (1939-1978). Designer was french architect George Mounier. It fits 5,000 people and was built in Gothic-Roman style. Address: Rua Mons. Tito Guedes, Centro Phone: (85) 3231-4196 / 3231-5084.
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The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. It takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. The national teams of 32 countries will join the second biggest sports event in the world (after the Olympic Games). A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Twelve locations will be World Cup host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. They cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams. Brazil opens the tournament against Croatia, played in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be played on the 13th of July in Rio de Janeiro.
Hot and humid year round with temperatures mostly around 30 °C during the day and well above 20 °C at night.
|Avg Max||30.5 °C||30.1 °C||29.7 °C||29.7 °C||29.1 °C||29.6 °C||29.5 °C||29.1 °C||29.2 °C||30.5 °C||30.7 °C||30.7 °C|
|Avg Min||24.7 °C||23.2 °C||23.8 °C||23.4 °C||23.4 °C||22.1 °C||21.8 °C||22.6 °C||23.4 °C||24.5 °C||24.4 °C||24.6 °C|
|Rainfall||129.6 mm||215.6 mm||338.6 mm||348.1 mm||226.1 mm||160.1 mm||91.4 mm||31.2 mm||22.8 mm||15.6 mm||13.4 mm||49.8 mm|
Pinto Martins International Airport (FOR) has a reasonable range of flights, mainly with domestic choices but also with some intercontinental charter flights. Destinations include Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belem, Recife, Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Porto Alegre, Natal, Porto Velho, Santarem, Praia, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan and Lisbon, among several other smaller Brazilian cities.
One of the most important Brazilian magazines "Veja", publishes an annual list of the best restaurants in large cities in Brazil. These are some of choices for Fortaleza.
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|Backpackers Ceará Hostel||Av. Dom Manoel, 89||hostel||83|
|Hostel Terra da Luz||Rodrigues Júnior Street, 278 Centro||hostel||81|
|Hotel Passeio||Rua Dr. João Moreira 221||hostel||-|
|Albergaria Hostel||Antonio Augusto St. 111||Hostel||80|
|Albergue Veraneio||Av. Dioguinho, 6000 Praia do Futuro||Hostel||-|
|At Home Hostel & Pub||Rua Canuto de Aguiar, 1424||HOSTEL||-|
|Vila Coqueiros Pousada||RUA A , 1ERE ETAPA CUMBUCO||Guesthouse||-|
|HI Fortaleza||Rua Dona Leopoldina, 323 Aldeota||Hostel||-|
|Cearoca Hostels||Rua Monsenhor Bruno, 1479 - Aldeota||Hostel||-|
|Lux Hotel||Praça Visconde de Pelotas, 70 Praia de Iracema||Hotel||-|
|Pousada Veleiro||R. Coronel Jucá,146||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada Malu||Rua Carlos Vasconcelos, 735 Meireles||Guesthouse||-|
|Raio de Sol||Av. Almirante Barroso,772 Praia de Iracema||Hotel||-|
|Rolling Stone Hostel Fortaleza||Rua dos Pacajus, 66 Praia de Iracema||Hostel||-|
|Pousada do Suiço||R. Antonio Augusto,133 Praia de Iracema||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Americas||R. Joaquim Alves,151 Praia de Iracema||HOTEL||-|
|Guest House Praia de Iracema||Rua dos Tabajaras, 671 Praia de Iracema||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Pousada Casa Verde||Rua Rufino de Alencar, 336||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Castelo das Dunas||Av. Geraldo Ciriaco, Paracuru||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|J-Sun Hostel||Rua João Cordeiro, 933||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.
Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.
Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.
Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.
Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.
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