Icapuí is known for its cliffs and lobster in the far east of Ceará

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Icapuí no Ceará
Icapuí in Ceará

Icapuí is known as the land of lobster and is located in the far east of Ceará, 200 kilometres from Fortaleza, the municipality of Icapuí is characterised by unspoilt beaches, cliffs and a good supply of lobsters.

Icapuí is the last municipality on the coast of Ceará, before the border with Rio Grande do Norte.

The city is known for its diverse protected and conserved landscapes. In all,  there are 64 km of coastline and 16 beaches formed by countless walls of cliffs, dunes, mangroves, natural pools and hundreds of coconut trees, which means it may sound attractive to fans of relaxed days in contact with nature.

Icapuí is part of the Rota das Falésias (the largest set of these rocky walls in Latin America), a tourist route formed by more than 10 cities between the territories of Ceará and Potiguar.

The Falésias Route, a marvellous route that connects Ceará to Rio Grande do Norte.

With imposing dunes and extensive coconut groves, Ponta Grossa Beach is one of the most famous in the region.

The cove has colourful cliffs, from which grains of sand are collected for handicrafts.

Other famous beaches in Icapuí are Redonda, which has well-preserved vegetation, and Tremembé, which houses restaurants with various seafood options.

The beaches of Icapuí offer peculiar tours, such as exploring caves with prehistoric remains. For those who like adventure, there is also the option of throwing yourself into the sea, on the rafts of the fishermen of the region, to go after fish.

Icapuí the Land of Lobster

The crustacean is often found in the waters near the fishing village, and is also the main speciality of the small town’s restaurants.

Such fame in seafood fishing has generated the Lobster Festival, held annually in the village. During the event there are tasting sessions, gastronomic workshops, lectures and musical performances.

The organisation of the Lobster Festival is one of the actions aimed at strengthening the local economy by increasing the flow of tourists.

Videos about Icapuí and lobster fishing


The beaches of Icapuí also stand out for being considered one of the best for practising kitesurfing, mainly by the beach of Tremembé.

In addition to Tremembé beach, Ponta Grossa cannot be excluded from any itinerary, as its colourful cliffs and the trails above the dunes are a real must-see.

Best beaches in Icapuí

Ponta Grossa Beach

It is precisely from Ponta Grossa beach that most of the tours depart, including diving in calm waters to observe colourful fish. It is also possible to taste the famous “lobster skewers” made with the fillet of the crustacean that is the main source of income for the city.

One of the most striking features that enchants many when they arrive in Ponta Grossa is the blond, light-eyed inhabitants, descendants of the Dutch who stayed there at the time of emigration.

Praia de Ponta Grossa em Icapuí
Ponta Grossa Beach in Icapuí

The Falésias are the exotic formations that will make your trip to Icapúi worthwhile. However, there are trails through the mobile dunes, buggy rides and even stalls with food and artisans from the region to further fill the tour to the place.

Peroba Beach

The small beach of Peroba is a fishing village with some holiday homes and does not have much commerce or restaurants nearby, but there are inns that include meals and a wonderful view of the sea.

Praia de Peroba em Icapuí
Praia de Peroba em Icapuí

Because it is quieter, it is a beach suitable for quieter walks such as family trips or individual for a meeting with yourself to the light sound of the waves.

Requenguela Beach

Reguenguela beach is a very different landscape from the traditional beaches, because it is surrounded by mangroves and waters that look more like a quiet lagoon. the high tide lasts only a short time in the place and the phenomenon is even appreciated by tourists during this time.

Praia da Requenguela em Icapuí
Praia da Requenguela em Icapuí

The main attraction of the beach is the environmental station where visits are free and offer, in addition to fun, a real live ecology lesson in which it presents the local fauna and flora on a 240-metre suspended walkway that crosses the entire mangrove.

Redonda Beach

Praia da Redonda is considered the beach with the most commercial infrastructure, so it contains more restaurants and inns with an average of 120 per day per couple. It is in this region that you will find the “Oh Beautiful Inn”, with easy access and a good space to stay.

Praia da Redonda em Icapuí
Praia da Redonda em Icapuí

The entire beachfront of Praia da Redonda is surrounded by cliffs that make the sunset from the bridge a mesmerising sight. On a beach with very little cloudy weather and an average temperature of 30º C, there is no way to rejoice.

Tremembé Beach

Praia de Tremembé em Icapuí
Praia de Tremembé em Icapuí

Located near the Arrombado dam, Tremembé beach offers much more than its dark sand with calm and warm waters. Inhabited by fishermen, it is a distant and not so well known beach, therefore, much more peaceful and relaxing.

Retiro Grande Beach

Praia de Retiro Grande em Icapuí
Praia de Retiro Grande em Icapuí

Inhabited by a small population on the upper part of the cliffs, Retiro Grande is the calmest beach of those mentioned in the article and has stones and some points of undergrowth and you can still enjoy the beauty of the fresh waters bubbling in the salt water and the handicrafts of the community that works there.

Routes of the Cliffs

The Rota das falésias brings together the attractions and tourist enterprises of the region formed by the municipalities of Eusébio, Aquiraz, Pindoretama, Cascavel, Beberibe, Aracati, Fortim and Icapuí.

Icapuí, located in the far east of Ceará, is known as the land of lobster, being the region of greatest production of the crustacean in the state.

Due to its geographical location, it is said that Icapuí is the place where the sun rises earliest in Ceará, when the sea is dotted with white sails with fishermen who set out in search of catching this crustacean, in a journey in which luck will determine the success or otherwise of fishing.

From the sea, you can glimpse the colourful shades of red, orange and yellow of the cliffs and dunes that surround the various beaches, many of them virgin, which are distributed along the 65 kilometres of coastline, with calm waters.

Tourism and Travel Guide for Ceará and the North-East

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