The capital city of the State...
The capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal has roughly 400,000 inhabitants. It started from a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1598 to fight the French invaders (and remained relatively small until the World War II, when the Allied Forces, recognizing its strategic location on the eastern bulge of Brazil, decided to turn the sleepy city into the Allied military base for their operations in North Africa. Natal is known for its endless beaches, being the most famous, 30 km north of the city. Golden sand dunes, palm trees and dune buggies make this beach a must.
On the beach
If you are lacy ore dont want to leave the beach and are hungry ore thristy - don´t worry! All the time there are people selling things to eat and drink.
Grilled chicken, chicken hearts, meat, nuts, corn, hot dogs......big drinks in a pineapple, caprihinas....and more!
It is very tasty, and not expencive. The grilled chickenhearts - as horrible it may sounds - very taste...and the beer to.
Praia do Meio
The Praia do Meio area is in the northern part of Natal; there are several beaches, with undefined boundaries: Praia do Forte (around the fortress), Praia do Meio, Praia dos Artistas (around Chaplin) and Areia Preta.
There is a tourist office at Praia dos Artistas, close to Chaplin; also, right beside, a 24/7 Banco do Brasil ATM.
Until about ten years ago, this was the busiest area in Natal; the today closed Hotel dos Reis Magos was famous for the parties which congregated the high society of Natal.
Today, the place is decadent; the city government has been trying to revitalize the area (the pavement was refurbished, a communitary sports court was built), but results are still incipient. The beaches are frequented mostly by locals who live around the area.
Don't walk very far towards the fortress by night. Even though very diminished from recent years, street prostitution still exists, both on main avenue and lateral streets.
The beaches are lined by reefs; when the tide lowers, water pools are formed, good for children. During the high tides, the waves here and bigger than in Ponta Negra, making Praia dos Artistas a favourite place for surfers.
Hotels along the beach avenue are cheaper than in Ponta Negra. Quality and prices vary much, but you can certainly find comfortable places here.
Praia do Meio and Ponta Negra are about 12 km apart.
Natal is a lovely city with Sun, Sea & Sand Dunes.
"NATAL, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil"
Natal is unique starting with it foundation. The first version for the name of the city, says that at December 25, 1597, the fleet of Mascarenhas Homem got in to the Potengi River. And the second version says that on the Christmas night of 1599 was held a mass in Natal. (Natal is Christmas in Portuguese)
Natal is a lovely city, it´s sun, it´s sea, it´s charm, it´s an excellent life quality and the purest air in the Americas captivates who come here. Today, is one of the most important place to tourism in Brazil. As the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, with the state located in the “Corner of the Continent” and the closet point to Europe.
The "city of the sun" has a area of 172km2 and a population close to 800 thousands. Because Natal is close to the equator line and it's geographic position, Natal has a medium temperature of 28 C and sometimes days with 12 hours of sun shining. The "city of the sun" is, a city that sees the sun shining for more than 300 days a year. The truth is that almost all 450 km of the potiguar coast has the sun shining all year.
Just on the 20's , Natal started to grow real fast. During the second world war, the allied troups had a base in Natal. Their Planes, flew to Dakar , on Africa, meaning to fight in europe.
Natal's Sand Dunes, beautiful Beaches and with warm sea water (27° C) attracts people from all arround the world.
LOCAL GRAFT (Artesanato) - For those who like to take souvenirs, a visit to the Tourist Center , situeted in an old prision, can be a good option. There are a numerous little shops which sell both local and Northeasten arts and crafts, besides the traditional T-shirts which people take to give as presents to those who stayed at home. It´s Food Center offers typical food.
GASTRONOMY - Natal offers the tourists a variety of typical dishes and diversified cuisine. Among the most well know there are: “caraguejada” (with crabs), fried fish, “camarão no côco” (shrimps), oyster and lobster stew. However, the most typical one comes from the interior: “carne de sol” (dried meat), “galinha a cabidela” (chicken), “feijoada (dish of dried beans), “Feijão Verde” (green bean) are delicatessens always present on the table of “natalense”. The international cuisine es well represented with varous restaurants thet wil most definitely appeal to the most demanding taste.
CARNATAL – the biggest occasion in the state - The Carnatal, one of the biggest carnivals out of season in the counstry, is today, without doubt, the biggest and the most enjoyable popular festivity in the city. It happens in the first week of December, making the opening the Summer. It´s more than 40 thousand revellers having fun in the “Corredor da Folia”, in a extension of 3 km. “Trios Eletricos” bands and regional singers invade Natal in a festivity that takes four days bringing together tourists and “natalenses” in one rhythm only: happiness
GENIPABU DUNES and BEACH - It´s the most famous trip in Natal, wherw the buggy goes up and down dunes just a roller coaster. To end the trip a beautiful view of the Genipabu and Pitangui lagoons in the amidst mountains sand and vegetation preserved by inhabitants of the area. Still from the dunes it is possible to “glide by pachute” pulled by buggies or ride on the camels as is in the Saara Desert. 15 km from Natal on the North Coast.
BIGGEST CASHEW TREE IN THE WORLD,
Thanks for the visit!!!