Natal: city of the sun
Natal is the charming capital of the state Rio Grande de Norte. Natal is also called city of the sun. Both the city and state boast the highest amount of sun hours of the whole of Brasil, more than 3000 a year. Research has also shown that it has the cleanest air in the world due to lack of industry
The sun in Natal is enjoyed to the fullest daily by the 700.000 inhabitants (1 million total with the surrounding municipalities).
This community spends most of their time outside which creates that heart-warming and buzzing Brazilian atmosphere that will appeal to everyone.
History of Natal
Natal basks in a long-standing and rich history that dates back to the Dutch and the Portuguese colonization of the area.
Also dating back to those times is the impressive Fort Reis Magos, as well as beautiful historic churches and quite an amount of colonial properties, be it restored or not. Another point of interest is the former prison that now serves as a tourist centre and a handicraft market. On Thursday there is a steaming dance event with a live performance of the “forro” the samba variant of Natal.
A Modern City
Furthermore Natal has everything what can be expected of a Brazilian city: numerous places to go out, super modern shopping malls, and an authentic old centre where the locals do their shopping and where the real Brazil can still be seen.
Natal has a very modern aiport called Augusto Severo International Airport. Contrary to most airports in Brasil , in general you will quickly get your suitcase and pass customs. On average you will enjoy the outside warmth within 45 minutes.
From the city of Natal begins the 5 km long coastal strip called Praia do Costeira, this entire area has a lovely wide and unspoiled sandy beach. That’s why most of the hotels are situated along this beautiful coastline.
Praia do Costeira ends in the beautiful beach resort of Ponta Negra where the beach continuous to stretch for more miles.
The locals in Natal are extremely friendly and hospitable. Music, talking and just being together is vital to them. People treat each other with respect and tourists are generally not bothered much directly.
A simple “nao obrigada(o)”spoken with a smile will do the trick if people come up to you anyway. This happy and cheerful nature of the locals makes this area an ideal place to spend your holiday.
The Natal area is also one of the few places in Brasil with good diving and snorkelling possibilities, especially Pirangi. For divers the island Fernando do Noronha is an absolute must, and it’s only 40 minutes by plane from Natal airport.
A professional diving school (one of the best in South America) sees to your perfect diving equipment and training and coaching.