Canoa Quebrada in Ceará brings together sport, fun and leisure

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Canoa Quebrada no Ceará
Canoa Quebrada in Ceará

Canoa Quebrada is located 12 km from the municipality of Aracati, since the 70s Canoa Quebrada is one of the best known and trendiest beaches of the Ceará and also one of the main stops on the Rota das Falésias.

Scenario of films like ‘Bella Dona’, by Fábio Barreto (1997), the village is located on cliffs up to 30 meters from sea level.

With a visual of reddish sands, Canoa Quebrada was born from the small village of Esteves and today has in tourism its main source of income.

The place is also home to the APACQ – Environmental Protection Area of Canoa Quebrada, with about 70 thousand hectares.

In addition to the magic it can not translate, the beach offers buggy rides, rafts, mountain biking, sandboarding, ecological walks, quad bikes and fishing.

Canoa Quebrada no Ceará
Canoa Quebrada in Ceará

Famous for its lively nights – with people from all over the world and the most diverse musical styles, Canoa has gastronomic infrastructure and inns for all tastes and pockets.

Videos about Canoa Quebrada

Tourist Spots of Canoa Quebrada

mapa de Canoa Quebrada no Ceará
mapa de Canoa Quebrada


It is on Broadway, the main street of Canoa Quebrada, that the best bars, restaurants, stores and local culture are concentrated. There are several shops, bars and restaurants, as well as being the right meeting point for those who are visiting the place.

Broadway em Canoa Quebrada no Ceará
Broadway em Canoa Quebrada no Ceará

Compared to the original, in New York, the Broadway of Canoa (the tourist center of the city) is not bad in at least one requirement: the amount of people who dominate the narrow streets in high season.


Falésias de Canoa Quebrada (CE)
Falésias de Canoa Quebrada (CE)

Famous for its huge dunes and reddish cliffs up to 30 meters high in Canoa Quebrada.


It became famous for being the destination of hippies, mostly from European countries, in the 60s and 70s – a time when the place was inhabited only by an indigenous tribe and some fishermen. Some hippies married the natives, had children and started living in Canoa Quebrada.

It is possible to find many descendants of Swiss, French and other Europeans among the natives.

Although it still retains some of the charm and simplicity of the time when it was a quiet hippie hideaway, the village is now a mass tourist destination, with queues of buses parked in the summer.

Any stress is forgotten when you are faced with the beautiful landscape of reddish cliffs.

Activities and Sports

Among the most popular activities are the Kitesurfing, the paragliding and the buggy and 4X4 tours around the region. For the more adventurous there is the quad bike or motorcycle tour with guide.

Mapa litoral leste do Ceará
Map of the east coast CE

Surrounding beaches 

From Praia do Ceará, to the east, to Retiro Grande, all belong to the Municipality of Icapuí.

As the distances from Canoa Quebrada are long, many people prefer to take buggy rides through the sand to get to know them – especially Ponta Grossa, the most beautiful.

For a day at the beach, the tip is to enjoy the village itself, the village beach, with access on foot.

And, to buy the traditional handicraft of bottles decorated with colored sand, it is worth visiting Majorlândia, 8 km from Canoa Quebrada.


Distance from Fortaleza: 156 km

Leaving Fortaleza, take Avenida Washington Soares and then Eusébio Queiroz until you reach CE-040.

Go to the end of the highway, in Aracati, passing by Aquiraz and Beberibe. There, follow the BR-304 highway, cross the urban area of Aracati and take the first cloverleaf on the left.

Travel 4 km and take another left at the interchange, heading to Canoa Quebrada.

How to get around

To get to Ponta Grossa Beach, one of the most beautiful in the region, the most beautiful (and expensive) way is by buggy, which goes along the strip of sand passing by several other beaches, such as Lagoa do Mato and Retirinho.

By car, follow the BR-304 highway to the Icapuí interchange, then take the left turnoff to the beaches of Peroba, Redonda and Ponta Grossa.

Ceará Tourism and Travel Guide

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