Meireles beach is a neighborhood located in the city of Fortaleza, capital of Ceará. It has a beach of the same name and is equipped with modern buildings and shops.
On Praia do Meireles, also called Praia da Beira-Mar Avenue, there is a wide Boardwalk, which acts as tourist pole and is the landmark of the city, with stalls and craft fairs.
Fortaleza, with a population close to 2.55 million (metropolitan region over 3.6 million), is the 5th largest city in Brazil.
Fortaleza is a big tourist destination for the domestic Brazilian market. The city has several major hotels which are rated as five stars. In addition there are several four star hotels as well as inns. Further along the beach front is the new pier and later the roller skating area close to Iracema beach.
Scuba diving is possible in the area of Pedra da Risca do Meio State Marine Park, a marine protected area located about 10 nautical miles from the shoreline of Fortaleza.
Other urban beaches in Fortaleza:
Fortaleza has about 25 kilometres (16 mi) of urban beaches. From North to South, the urban beaches of Fortaleza are Iracema, Meireles, Mucuripe and Praia do Futuro. Each beach has its own peculiarities:
- Iracema is the Bohemian beach, with bars and nightclubs;
- Mucuripe is the place where jangadas can be found. Still used by fishermen to go into high seas, jangadas can be seen along the way during the afternoon and evenings, and returning from the sea in the morning; part of the catch of the day is sold in an old style fish market.