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Origin of the name

The name "Canoa Quebrada", which literally means "Broken Canoe", has a history that dates back to ancient times.

In 1650, the Portuguese navigator Francisco Ayres da Cunha was stranded on his boat in the coast of Canoa Quebrada. When he reached the ground decided to donate his boat, damaged by rocks, to the Master Sebastião. It was then that the little fishing village was called Canoa Quebrada.

Origin of the symbol

The true story of the symbol of Moon-Star tell that Maria de Fátima Freire da Silva took a couple of passengers from Pakistan to spend their holidays in Canoa Quebrada.
At that time, in the mid-eighties, the beach of Canoa was offering a lot of freedom, the natives and residents have always been extremely hospitable, and the harmony between peace, serenity and nature was very high.

In Canoa there was an atmosphere unusually magical, especially after the passage of Comet Halley. The couple went to a craftsman who carved turtle shells and ox horn, the master sculptor Eliziário Chico. The husband then drew a moon with a star that was later carved bone turtle, and gave it to his wife. The Master then thought that this would be the perfect symbol for Canoa Quebrada, even because the moon-star is also a nomadic symbol, perfect to tribute the people of travelers who annually visit Canoa.


Just 500 kilometers below the Equator, and 180 kilometers from Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian state of Ceara, Canoa Quebrada (literally "broken canoe") is a small seaside town, recognized throughout the world as an international touristic destination. Mostly thanks to its climate, which knows practically no winter, and its position, with one of hte most beautiful landscape in the world, Canoa Quebrada is one of the favorite touristic destinations in Brazil. The region's climate is semi arid, the average annual temperature is 24 ° C, with maximum temperatures of 32 ° C and minimum of 21 ° C. The sun is present during almost all year and only rains between March and May. The main attraction is undoubtedly the beach, equipped with bathing establishments and restaurants at every level, where you can enjoy fish and shellfish caught in the spot in the same day, for a few euros. Among the dishes served there are lobsters, crabs, par, race, and oysters as well as dishes with meat or pasta, which you can taste resting in the magical landscape created by the "falesias" or colored sand cliffs that never stop changing his appearance because of the tides and the ever present wind.

Recently, kite surfing is taking off, filling the mouth of the river Jaguaribe of colored sails.

Another attraction are the surrounding area, rich in unspoiled places to visit, as lakes, huge sand dunes, green oases and colorful reefs. Tourists can take advantage of Dune Buggy rides, on horse rides or boat rides. More in the section Escursions.

In the afternoon, after seeing one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world on the dunes of "Por do Sol", you can also walk the main street of Canoa, named "Broadway", which begins to come alive at 17 o'clock, and all craft shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants and clubs open their doors. It begins with a snack or an appetizer, and, after the dinner, you can enjoy the night.

The offer of restaurants is very complete, with typical foods from all the world. From the local cuisine, with dishes of fish or meat, grilled on the beach at night, sushi, Argentin's meat, the Italian pizzeria, you'll be spoiled for choice. More in the section Restaurants.

During the weekend the Broadway theater becomes festive, with a bar with live music, clubs where you can dance Forro (local dance derived from the Lambada), and nightclubs. Furthermore, all remain open until late offering a wide selection of drinks and snacks, helped also by the street vendors. Cocktails start at 80 cents of euro! Finally comes the best of Canoa: the party on the beach: everyones come down to the beach to dance to reggae to light a huge bonfire, till dawn.

To rest, you can choose from more than 40 options of hotels, with rooms from 13 euros for 2 people with breakfast included, up to 100 euro a night chalet. More in the section Hotels.