Natal – A Charming Place With A Perfect Blend Of Sand And Shores

Natal, is the capital city of Rio Grande Do Norte state in Brazil.
Natal
Known for its shores and the dunes, the city is a charming blend of historical masterpieces, set amidst the modern structures and is a paradisiacal beach retreat for the travelers as the city offers innumerable sandy shores.


Getting there

Natal is easily accessible by all modes of travel. The domestic and International Airports are located close to the city limits. The Highway is the vein of the city as it connects Natal to the rest of Brazil. Bus and taxis are available in plenty. Buggy is most relied upon for beach transport.

Places of Interest

1. Dunas Park
Dunas Park

It is an 11.7 million square meters, urban nature reserve that houses several animal and vegetable species, particular to Atlantic forest.  The park has a jogging park and a recreational centre called Bosque Dos Namorados.

2. Forte Dos Reis Magos
This is a medieval star shaped fortress facing the river Potenji and has historical significance as it was built in the 16th century to protect the coast from French pirates, which later became Brazil’s defence barriers, then as a prison and later as administrative offices under the Dutch rule. It is accessible using a pedestrian path.

3. Ponte Newton Navarro
Ponte Newton Navarro

Also called as Ponte de Todos, this place is the connecting bridge between the North and the East parts of the city and is the vein of the city. Built across the Potenji River, it offers a magnificent view and a great spectacle.

4. Historic Centre
Natal’s Historic centre is located in the Alta e Ribeira and has several monuments of historical significance which was why it was declared as a national Heritage site in 2010. Constructed in different styles including colonial, neo-classical and medieval, some of the places of interest here are the Memorial Camara Cascudo, Igreja de Santa Antonio, which is a museum with tower.

5. Alberto Maranhao Theatre
Alberto Maranhao Theatre

This theatre is located in the Historical centre which is a fine example of French architectural marvels, and is also the oldest and the biggest museums in the city.

6. Beaches of Natal
The city offers innumerable beaches from pristine white sand to the dark sand beaches. Ponta Negra is the favorite among tourists. Via Costeria, Praia da Mero and Praia da Forte are some of the easy accessible beaches and the popular beach destination.

While at Natal, do not forget to get a ride on the buggy and travel across the coast, as it offers a rare view and a great combination of dunes, natural vegetation, and sandstone cliffs all amidst the well preserved history and modernity.