With gorgeous beaches, white sand dunes and rich culture, Natal (wich means christmas) offers its visitors a unique leisure and entertainment experience. With the growth of its economy and tourism, the city started to show an excellent life quality and great urban structure, standing out from other capitals of the Brazilan Northeast.
Beaches and cuisine
Ponta Negra Beach, 12 km from the center of the city, is one of the most famous beaches in Natal. Morro do Careca (Mount Bald), a dune over 100 meters tall, is located over there. It is a very popular sight in the city's postcards.
Rio Grande do Norte has a rich cuisine. In the ingredients list there are: carne de sol (jerk beef), shrimp, fish, manioc, black-eyed pea and arroz de leite (rice cooked with milk). Among the common seafood is shrimp, which even has its annual festival in Natal, in November. The caranguejada, a crab stew, is also very popular among visitors. Tapioca and the ice-creams and popsicles made of regional fruits are also some of the local delicacies.
You must see
The cajueiro de Pirangi (Pirangi's Cashew Tree) is known as the biggest one in the world. It's a gigantic tree at the Pirangi do Norte beach, 12 km south from Natal. The tree covers an area of roughly 8,500m² and produces about 70 to 80 thousand cashews during harvesting season.
Among Natal’s monuments is the Fortaleza dos Reis Magos (Three Wise Men Fortress), an initial landmark of the city. The place preserves cannons displayed at the top part of the building, a chapel with a fresh-water well and the lodging used at the time.
Natal's Airport is in Sao Gonçalo do Amarante, about 15 km from the center of the capital, with both domestic and international flights.
Natal is connected to the south of the country by BR-101, and to the north by BR-304. The Bus Terminal Severino Tomaz da Silveira is in Av. Cap M. Gouveia, 1.597 – Nossa Senhora de Nazare.
The urban bus fleet has 646 buses that transport more than 10 thousand passengers a month. Check the bus lines that go by the city's touristic attractions.
Personal or rental vehicles
You can rent a car to tour Natal. This map might help.
You can get around the city by taxi. Estimate the fare and check the companies that provide this service.