To enjoy one of the most beautiful
views of the city you should visit
the building washed by the Potency
River, which is also an initial
landmark in The history
It houses the Careca Hill one of the
most beautiful and famous postcards
of Natal. There are kiosks where
you can try appetizers like fried
fish, crab and oysters.
Famous for the buggy rides on its
breathtaking dunes, the Genipabu
Tourism Park also houses a beach,
a lagoon and an Environmental
Municipal Handicraft Center
If you are searching for typical souvenirs go to the municipal handicraft center at theMeioBeach. There you find a wide array of handicraft works, including weaved straw baskets and sculptures in stone and wood. By the end of the tour, try the local appetizers like the tapioca, with several stuffs.
People say that on November 21, 1753, in the morning, a coffin was found on a rock, on the edge of the Potengi River, near the Rosário Church. The image was taken to the Mother Church, and was recognized as Nossa Senhora da Apresentação. The stone where the image stranded became known as Rosário Stone.
The cuisine of Rio Grande do Norte is rich in dishes based on seafood, such as shrimp – which even has its own annual festival in Natal, the National Shrimp Fair (Fenacam). Prepared with cajá fruit and other natural ingredients, it is found in several delicious dishes.
Built in the Portuguese style typical to the 16th century and made of white limestone, it is nearly 1.62-meter high and showcases the Christ Order Cross in high relief, and the representations of the weapons of Dom Manuel, the Portuguese King.
Nossa Senhora da Apresentação Mother Church
The church was built at the Grande Street – current the André de Albuquerque Square – which staged the Mass to celebrate the foundation of the city of Natal, in 1599.
Santo Antônio Church
It was the third church built in Natal, and is also known as the Galo Church. It is part of a harmonious set of historic buildings including the Casa do Bispo, the former Exchequer building, the Mother Church, among others.
Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos Church
It is the second Catholic temple in Natal. Built to serve the more disadvantaged social classes – slaves, Afro-descendants, free slaves and poor people – it occupies a privileged location on a plateau, offering an astonishing view of the Potengi River estuary.
By mid 19th century, it hosted the Legislative Assembly on the upper floor, and the Province Treasury on the ground floor. Now it is home to the State Art Gallery, and is also known as the Palace of Culture. It was declared a heritage site in 1965.
Felipe Camarão Palace
The Natal City Hall building, also known as Felipe Camarão Palace, was built on the site that used to host the Municipal Intendance Office. Its refined façade is built in eclectic style, which was very popular by that time.
Véu da noiva or sobradinho
The construction started in 1816 and was concluded in 1820. The building features simple traits characteristic to the Brazilian Colonial architecture. Because of the steep slope on the front part of the coverage it was named véu da noiva (bridal veil).
Former Armazém Real da Capitania
Soundly built in stone and lime masonry, still in 1752 the Armazém Real da Capitania was a point of reference. It is believed to keep the same appearance as it had late in the 19th century. In 1987 it was purchased by the Pró-memória Foundation.
Old building of the Capitania dos Portos
Located in the Cultural Corridor of the city, the building dates back to late 19th century, on the same site of a former building that was the seat of the Province government from 1830 to 1862.
Bela Vista Solar
The neo-classic palace was built with the most luxurious and modern material available by that time, and with the collaboration of the best foremen in the region. Listed as state heritage site in 1990, today it houses the SESI Culture and Leisure Center.
Natal Tourism Center
The building is located on the top of a hill, and offers one of the most beautiful views of the city. In 1976 the property was refurbished and became a tourism center.
Alberto Maranhão Theater
Launched in 1904, it was named Carlos Gomes Theater and followed the chalet-style with classic composition. Reopened in 1912, the 2-story eclectic-style building features some art nouveau elements, and keeps its traits up to these days.
Former headquarters of the Esplanada Silva Jardim Railway Station
The building was designed to serve as railway station and house the railway office. The maintenance workshops were built in 1916. When the railway was inactivated, the building was occupied by public departments.
Building of the former Industrial Lyceum
Of expressive architectural value, after a comprehensive restoration that contributed to re-qualify the Historic Center of Natal, the impressive building retook its educational duty, housing the Federal Institute of Science, Education and Technology of Rio Grande do Norte.
Historic and Geographic Institute of Rio Grande do Norte
Built in 1938, in neo-classic style, it is one of the most significant buildings preserved by Natal. One of the first institutions devoted to research and disseminate the history of the State, the Institute houses one of the most impressive cultural collections in the State.
São Gonçalo do Amarante Mother Church
The São Gonçalo do Amarante Church was built from 1838 to 1840 where a chapel built in the 18th century existed - one of the few ones keeping its baroque-inspired structure in the state.
Located 55 km from Natal, near the beach of Maracajaú, it offers lots of fun and relaxation in its pools, waterfalls, water slides and much more. Beyond that there are horseback riding trips, dives into an exuberant natural pool, and attractions that help you and your family to peacefully enjoy your holidays.
Genipabu Dunes Ecological Tourism Park (Extremoz)
Genipabu is famed for its beautiful dunes that move depending on the winds. Stroll around the Park in nice buggy rides, or on the back of a dromedary or a donkey, and visit its breathtaking Environmental Preservation Area, theGenipabuBeachand its lagoon.
Bathing at the Ponta Negra Beach
One of the most popular postcards ofNatal,PontaNegraBeachis also one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. There you can visit the Careca Hill the main natural attraction of the city. During the low tide, you can bath in the natural pools and, later, savor one of the appetizers served at the beach strolls.
Mãe Luiza Beach
The beach is not recommended for bathing, but deserves a visit due to the lighthouse - Farol de Natal - also known as Farol de Mãe Luiza, which provides some of the best views of the city. The name of the beach is a tribute to a famous midwife who lived and worked in the region.
The Artistas Beach lies between the Meio Beach and Forte Beach. It is very popular throughout the week with both local residents and tourists. Tourist facilities are limited; however, there are a few kiosks and restaurants.
Natal Convention Center
In an area of 68,805 m2, the Convention Center is great if you are organizing an event. It is near the hotel complex of Natal and close to bars, restaurants, beaches, shopping malls, bike lane, tourism agencies, car rental agencies, and services. It is divided into Convention Center and the Dunas Park Pavilion.