Canoa Quebrada is a beach located on the east coast of Ceará State, northeast Brazil. Distant 166 km from Fortaleza and 18 km from the seat of the municipality of Aracati, to which it belongs. Its landscape is characterized by dunes and red cliffs of up to thirty meters above sea level.
The town of Canoa Quebrada was born from the small town of Esteves. Discovered in the 1960s by French filmmakers of the movement in "Nouvelle Vague", the village suffered a deculturas shock, resulting in a feeling of freedom that prevails there today.
To a local legend that day, the French worked hard and at night, indulged in fun. For this reason, a moon and a star carved into the cliffs, became the location of the symbol. Another version of this local tradition recounts that the crew, there was a Moroccan Islamic belief, that feeling remorse for continued nightly binges, wanted forgiveness of Allah. To redeem the guilt, sent carve, the cliffs, the moon and the star, today local icons.
The village became famous to be discovered, in the 1970s, the "hippies" that they found a remote place, inhabited only by an Indian tribe and some fishermen, a simple and hospitable population, which today preserve the tradition of fishing with rafts in the sea.
Some of these "hippies" were fixed in place, marrying the natives and having children. Thus, you can find there many descendants of Swiss, French and other Europeans. Canoa Quebrada has returned to a movie set in 1997 with the production of Bella Dona, by Bruno Barreto) and, thereafter, turned into a major tourist destinations of Ceará.