Paracuru is a municipality in the state of Ceará. Its estimated population in 2010 was 31,638 inhabitants. According to the historian Rodolfo Spinola ("Vicente Pinzon and the discovery of Brazil"), and journalist Eduardo Bueno ("Shipwrecked traffickers and banished") on January 29, 1500, the Spanish navigator Vicente Yáñez Pinzón starred in the first battle in Brazilian territory, between Europeans and indigenous Paracuruenses (Tremembés) on the banks of the mouth of the river Curu.
As balance of combat, perished twenty-eight indigenous Spanish. An old and small village by the sea, inhabited almost exclusively by fishermen, but that one day was swallowed by yellow sand dunes of Paracuru, forcing residents to build a new village at a higher and safe place.
And so Father John Francis Necupoceno da Rocha, born in Parazinho, initiated the construction of the church building around the first houses, therefore, are considered the "founder of Paracuru." Soon after, in 1862, said Father donated all the land of his family to the Catholic church to get the elevation of the chapel of Our Lady of Remedios to the rank of parish.
Among the main attractions are the beaches and landsapes:
- The famous beach of Pedra Rachada and it’s restaurants
- The beach Barra do Rio Curu at the mouth of the river with its mangroves
- The beach of Pedra Redonda and Pericoara — lined by small fisherman’s houses and their traditional fishing sail boats
- The Lagoa do João Rola, Lagoa do Jirau and Lagoa do São Pedro nestled between the dunes
- The natural fresh water swimming pools
- The local wildlife