With beautiful beaches, white sand dune areas and a rich and diverse culture, Natal offers its visitors a unique leisure and entertainment experience.
The city was thus named (“Natal” meaning “Christmas” in Portuguese) because, on December 25, 1597 , Admiral Antônio da Costa Valente and his men entered the shoals of the Potengi River, after several failed attempts at colonization. The date became the birthday of the capital of Rio Grande do Norte.
With the strengthening of its economy and tourism, the city started to present an excellent quality of life and has a great urban structure, standing out among the capitals of Northeast Brazil.
The Praia da Ponta Negra, 12 km away from the center, is one of the best known beaches of Natal. There you will find the Morro do Careca, a dune standing at over 100 m tall, a landscape well known in the postcards of the city.
The cuisine of Rio Grande do Norte is rich: in the list of ingredients of the main recipes are Brazilian jerked beef, shrimp, fish, cassava, beans, rice, and tapioca. Shrimp has its own annual festival in Natal, in November. The caranguejada, crab stew popular in local restaurants, tapioca and ice creams and popsicles made from regional fruits are also some of the local delicacies.
The Cajueiro de Pirangi is known as the largest cashew tree in the world. It is a gigantic tree on the Pirangi do Norte beach, 12 km to the South of Natal. The tree covers an area of approximately 8,500 square meters, with a perimeter of approximately 500 m, and produces from 70 to the 80 thousand cashews at harvest.Among Natal's monuments is the Fortaleza dos Reis Magos, a landmark of the city. The site preserves cannons exposed at the top of the building, a chapel with a fresh water well and living quarters.
Natal Airport is located in São Gonçalo do Amarante, about 15 km away from the center of the capital, and receives domestic and international flights.
Natal is linked to the South of the country by the BR-101 highway, and to the North by the BR-304 highway. The Severino Tomaz da Silveira Bus Station is at Av. Cap M. Gouveia, 1.597 – Nossa Senhora de Nazaré.
The urban bus fleet consists of 646 buses that take, on average, more than 10 thousand passengers per month. Refer to the lines that run through the main tourist attractions of the city.
Personal or rental vehicles
You can rent a car for touring in Natal. This map can help.
You can pass through the city by taxi. Calculate the fare and refer to the companies which provide this type of service.
The DDD area code (DDD) for Natal is 84.
Emergency (Samu): 192