Crato is a peaceful city surrounded by rich tropical forests on the banks of the river Granjeiro in the south of the state of Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil. It is a good place to relax and recover energy. The infrastructure is developed enough to stay in comfort during all the weekends. Crato has almost 300 years of history. This is not too much in comparison with the middle age of European cities, but the atmosphere there is very interesting and unique. Old building with an attractive, special design going one after another. Cosy narrow roads on the streets create conditions in which only calm driving is possible. Such circumstances have a direct impact on the manners of local drivers. All people are polite and drivers respectful to pedestrians. There are no cars riding at a high speed, so the silence in Crato dominates, that for many tourists can appear very important.
Places, conditions, and options
There are almost no clubs and extra luxurious hotels, but here and there a natural picture of everyday life that shows how it really goes without fake smiles and unnatural behaviour.
Local dishes are something very good with balanced proportions of vegetables and meat. Many variants of delicious recipes can be tested right on the streets by making orders at the local market. Crato is a part of an area where people have many cultural specialties that can attract the attention of lovers to observe folkloric dances and listen to songs. Special places that play a role in the cultural development of people like museums and parks are available.
The most popular places for tourists are the following:
Araripe UNESCO Global Geopark. This area is very rich in fossils and is of great value to paleontologists. Many species of dinosaurs' bones were found there. The museum is open for tourists, so each will have the chance to see very rare stuff.
"Palacio Episcopal" will be interesting for people who are close to religion;
A theatre Raquel de Queiroz that has only positive feedbacks from visitors;
The museum of the city's history.
Crato is a city with a population of approximately one hundred thousand people, so it is neither small nor very big. There in the town are mainly single-storey houses and during the day there on the street, almost no shades of the skyscrapers as it usually is in big cities.
Brazil is the leading producer of coffee, so people who love this beverage have a chance to try the best variants of coffee for an extremely low price. It is worth noting that the weekends at Crato will be relatively affordable, thus turning to be very attractive from different points of view. Accommodation is easy and various variants exist. Hotels open. There are rooms and even kind of autonomous houses with different levels of comfort at the host's territory ready to be rented for a long and short period of time. At the area of Carto, there are no water reservoirs, but this problem is minor as hotels have private pools for guests.
Climate is warm and suits for persons who like sunny days. Being surrounded by dense forests, beautiful songs of tropical birds sound very harmonious early morning and in the evening.
The city visitors can walk through the streets or rent a motorcycle or a car. Carto is a quite city but from time to time musical festivals are being organised there. This location is very good for the kind of tourists who look for amazing landscapes, warm weather, cheap services, and a place where nature is very close to people. The air at Carto is always fresh. Local parks are not only interesting for their rich flora but they can be a good background for photo shooting sessions.