Mythical hippies’ paradise
of the 70’s and 80’s, Canoa Quebrada is no longer
the quiet fishing village the hippies discovered a couple of decades ago:
it has become the portal of entry of the Ceará state tourism.
Quebrada is a beautiful beach located on the Rising Sun coast,
about 166 km away from Fortaleza, capital of the Ceará state. It
is part of the Aracati municipality.
The ancient quiet fishing village washed
by the Atlantic Ocean lies on top of giant red cliffs (up to thirty meters
above sea level) and is surrounded by pristine dunes. Canoa Quebrada was
discovered by the hippies of 70’s who a found simple and hospitable
population. They transformed the place in a refuge of peace and love,
bringing together a combination of different cultures creating a sense
of freedom that one can still perceive in Canoa.
Canoa Quebrada village developed itself from the small hamlet “Estevao” now
located east of the main nucleus of the village. Likewise most heavenly
places, Canoa was discovered by chance in 1685 by a Portuguese sailor who
broke his boat at the current Ponta Grossa beach. He tried a repair in
the neighbouring village of Aracati and eventually discovered the beautiful
beach of Canoa Quebrada
Today, with paved access, electricity, cyber cafés,
restaurants and hotels, Canoa Quebrada has become an international
beach and one of the most important tourist destination throughout the state
of Ceará. It is also famous for the natural beauty of the
surrounding area and for the busy nights on “Broadway”, the main street,
which gained in 2003 a new sidewalk made of Portuguese stones. Frequented
by many Brazilians and foreigners (almost all the year round) the development
of the beach creates strong economic growth within the municipality of
“The natural heritage of the area is protected
by the “Environmental Protection Zone” federal laws: an area
of about seventy thousand acres from the Porto Canoa to the mouth of the
The small community of the “Estevao”,
still preserving the traditional culture, is part of the protected area.
Inhabited by the native fishermen, it is considered as an area of relevant
ecological interest to preserve the landscape surrounded by cliffs and
The local population is of about 3,000 inhabitants
including natives, Brazilians and foreigners mainly Europeans, who dedicate
themselves to tourist services.
The region has a semi-arid climate. The
average annual temperature is around 27° centigrade, with highs up
to 38 ° and lows of down to 21°. The sun in Canoa Quebrada is present
almost all year round with some rain, between March and May.
make part of the Canoa Quebrada life: paragliding, surfing and kitesurfing,
performed at the official kite beach and at the mouth of the Jaguaribe
river, 10 km west of the long Canoa beach.
Dune buggy tours along the coast are another great attraction
for those willing to discover the natural beauties surrounding Canoa Quebrada:
desert beaches, lagoons, sand dunes, coconut trees, small fishermen villages
and multicoloured cliffs and rocks.
The famous “Broadway” street
of Canoa!!! Learn more about this legendary street, heart of the village and
Canoa Quebrada, with its beautiful nature and privileged
location close to Fortaleza, is without doubt a very special place and one of
the nicest beaches of the North-East Brazilian coast.