Natal, the City of the Sun
Founded by the Portuguese on Christmas Day in 1599, the city is known for its endless days of sun, idyllic beaches, forró and good cuisine.
Tropical Brazil ipsis verbis
Natal is the capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte and bears the title of "City of the Sun."
Summer here is eternal and when it comes to beaches, dunes, warm temperatures and forró, Natal is one of the best options for a truly tropical vacation, in an idyllic setting. Starting with the Praia de Ponta Negra, the famous Morro do Careca (an extraordinary dune over 100 meters high) and the Praia das Tartarugas.
The city also offers attractions such as Forte dos Reis Magos, considered to be the first construction in Natal, Bosque dos Namorados, the second largest urban park in Brazil, with more than a thousand hectares of Atlantic Forest, and several museums, such as the Religious Art Museum, the Popular Toy Museum and the Câmara Cascudo Museum, of anthropology and natural history.
Explore the surroundings and the northeastern gastronomy
The city of Natal is also an excellent departure point to get to know other nearby must-see destinations, such as the stunning Praia de Pipa and Praia das Minas.
Be sure to take a buggy ride along the coast, passing through the fantastic Dunes of Genipabu, and pay a visit to the Parrachos de Maracajaú, natural pools formed at low tide, perfect for snorkeling lovers.
Enjoy the local cuisine and savor the crab, the appetizing crab stew (caranguejada), the "paçoca de carne de sol" - a kind of farofa made with manioc flour and shredded pieces of dried meat - or the famous bobó de Camarão (shrimp). You will need a lot of energy for the long and lively nights of forró in the Northeast.